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More Judges Sought for TX Immigration Backlog:  The number of Texas-based immigration cases gridlocked in federal courts has increased by 58 percent in less than two years, with a total of 77,000 pending cases.  Julian Aguilar of the Texas Tribune reports that a Texas Congressman has proposed securing money for an additional 55 immigration judges to make a dent in the backlog.  Texas currently has 31 immigration judges.  A member of the House Appropriations Committee predicts that "every court or processing center [in Texas] will go up" when the judges are hired.

Shooting Spree Kills 9 at SC Church:  The 21-year-old man who opened fire inside of a South Carolina church shortly after 9 PM on Wednesday evening, killing nine people, was captured and arrested in a traffic stop on Thursday over 240 miles away from the crime scene.  Fox News reports that Dylann Roof sat in the pews of the Emanuel Episcopal Church, a historic African American church, for an hour before opening fire with a .45-caliber pistol he received for his 21st birthday and fleeing the scene.  Since Roof is white and the shooting occurred at an African American church, the Department of Justice has opened up a hate crime investigation to determine if his actions were racially motivated.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of TX on Confederate Flag License Plates:  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Texas authorities were justified in refusing the issuance of specialty license plates bearing a Confederate battle flag.  David G. Savage of the LA Times reports that in a 5-4 decision, the justices determined that a state-issued license plate is government speech rather than the private speech of a motorist, and thus, not applicable to the free speech clause.  The dissenting justices argue the opposite, calling it "blatant viewpoint discrimination" to reject one group's message as offensive.

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