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Top eight stories for today including the Texas House speaker rejected a bill that would have retroactively reduced energy prices that spiked during February’s winter storm; Europe’s highest court ruled French hunters should no longer be allowed to use the traditional technique for trapping wild birds with glue; The Weather Channel must face claims it continuously tracked, stored and shared users’ precise locations even when they did not have the app open, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the Texas House speaker rejected a bill that would have retroactively reduced energy prices that spiked during February’s winter storm; Europe’s highest court ruled French hunters should no longer be allowed to use the traditional technique for trapping wild birds with glue; The Weather Channel must face claims it continuously tracked, stored and shared users’ precise locations even when they did not have the app open, and more.

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National

1.) “The Happiest Place on Earth” will turn back on the lights starting April 30, Disneyland officials announced Wednesday, over a year after closing its gates due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, visitors walk toward Sleeping Beauty's Castle in the background at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. Saying they don't know when they'll be able to re-open many of their businesses with the coronavirus spreading, Walt Disney Co. officials announced they will start furloughing workers in two weeks at its theme parks resorts in Florida and California. The statement released late Thursday, April 2, 2020 from The Walt Disney Co. said the first wave of furloughs will start April 19 and involve workers whose jobs aren't necessary at this time. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

2.) A federal judge ruled Wednesday the Weather Channel — which boasts one of the most popular mobile weather apps in the United States — must face claims it continuously tracked, stored and shared users’ precise locations even when they did not have the app open.

Regional

3.) The Texas Legislature’s whirlwind week of energy legislation picked up Wednesday morning when Speaker of the House Dade Phelan rebuked a bill, drafted in the Senate and backed by top Republican state officials, that would have retroactively reduced energy prices that spiked during February’s winter storm.

Ivet Cantu, 45, points to her electricity bill from Griddy energy on an app showing her energy cost of $3,114.27, during recent severe cold weather outside of her home in Dallas, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. In Texas’ deregulated electricity market, Griddy and some other power suppliers charge customers wholesale variable rates per kilowatt-hour. (Ben Torres/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

4.) A group of Michigan citizens deemed ineligible for positions on a redistricting commission and the state’s Republican Party argued on Wednesday that eligibility criteria designed to reduce partisanship among committee members violate their constitutional rights.

Election worker Robin Smith of Lansing cuts helps a voter with his ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Willow School in Lansing, Mich. [AP Photo/Matthew Dae Smith via Lansing State Journal]

5.) A string of shootings carried out Tuesday that left eight dead in three massage parlors across metro Atlanta does not appear to be motivated by race, officials said Wednesday morning.

An official leaves Gold Spa massage parlor after a shooting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Several people were killed and others injured at a massage parlor in Cherokee County, and Atlanta Tuesday, March 16, 2021, officials said. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

6.) Two people convicted of drug crimes argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court on Wednesday that they are immune from prosecution under the state’s good Samaritan law because they were discovered by police after bystanders called for emergency help.

The Kentucky Supreme Court chambers. (David Mark/Pixabay via Courthouse News)

International

7.) French hunters should no longer be allowed to use the traditional technique for trapping wild birds with glue, Europe’s highest court ruled Wednesday.

A common blackbird in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. (Photo by Juan Emilio, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Courthouse News)

8.) Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and a scandal that forced the entire government to resign in January, voters have been undeterred in casting ballots for the Netherlands’ national election.

Voters line up to cast ballots at a polling place in Delft, Netherlands, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Courthouse News photo/Molly Quell)

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