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Top eight stories for today including Texas senators passed a bill requiring energy regulators to retroactively lower prices during last month’s winter storm; A new Environmental Protection Agency rule will reduce toxic emissions by 17,000 tons; Police officers convicted of serious crimes or fired for misconduct could be stripped of their badges under policing reforms announced by California lawmakers, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including Texas senators passed a bill requiring energy regulators to retroactively lower prices during last month’s winter storm; A new EPA rule will reduce toxic emissions by 17,000 tons; Police officers convicted of serious crimes or fired for misconduct could be stripped of their badges under policing reforms announced by California lawmakers, and more.  

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National

1.) A new Environmental Protection Agency rule will reduce toxic emissions by 17,000 tons, but environmental groups say it doesn’t go far enough.

(Image by David Mark from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

2.) The Senate voted 81-17 Tuesday to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Small Business Administration.

Senators vote on the nomination of Isabel Guzman to lead the Small Business Administration on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

Regional

3.) Texas senators, armed with an emergency mandate from the governor, blew past typical procedures to pass a bill requiring energy regulators to retroactively lower prices during the February winter storm that knocked out power for millions.

A truck drives past a highway sign Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Houston. A frigid blast of winter weather across the U.S. plunged Texas into an unusually icy emergency Monday that knocked out power to more than 2 million people and shut down grocery stores and dangerously snowy roads. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

4.) Law enforcement officers convicted of serious crimes or fired for misconduct could be stripped of their badges under policing reforms announced Tuesday by California lawmakers.  

Police stay focused on a target after a deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

5.) Maryland’s highest court snuffed a legal battle from Clear Channel, which painted Baltimore’s new tax ordinance on billboard advertising as an issue of free speech and freedom of the press.

(Image courtesy of Clear Channel Outdoor via Courthouse News)

6.) The head of California’s bullet train project told state lawmakers Tuesday that the state should wait to see the posture of the nascent Biden administration before committing to spending plans of their own.

Construction continues on an elevated section of high-speed rail track near downtown Fresno, California. (Courthouse News photo / Matthew Renda)

7.) A federal appeals court heard arguments on Tuesday in a case hinging on whether prohibiting a nonunion professor from decision-making committees the union oversees violates her constitutional right to free speech criticizing the union.

The James W. Miller Learning Resources Center at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. (Photo by Xylem22 from Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

International

8.) Belgium does not have to hear a case brought by Jordanians expelled by Kuwait during the first Gulf War, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday. 

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. (Photo by CherryX from Wikipedia Commons via Courthouse News)

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