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Top Eight

Top eight stories for today including Democratic state lawmakers are planning to leave Texas to block the passage of so-called election integrity bills pushed by Republicans; Europe is enjoying a frenzied summer of much-needed freedom but worries are growing over the rise in new coronavirus infections; More Florida manatees have died in the first six months of 2021 than in any other year on record, and more.

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

National

1.) Judges and attorneys told House lawmakers Monday that the key to diversifying the federal bench is at the beginning: making law school admissions less homogenous, helping students from regional law schools get clerkships and making the nomination process accessible to nontraditional candidates. 

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

2.) Bob Baffert pushed a federal judge Monday to nix his suspension from New York racetracks, saying his horse-training business is unfairly suffering while officials decide whether his Kentucky Derby winning steed improperly benefitted from a banned substance. 

John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit crosses the finish line to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, on May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Regional

3.) Democratic lawmakers are planning to leave the Lone Star State after Republicans moved quickly to get their so-called election integrity bills out of committee and onto the floor of the Texas House and Senate.

Texans from across the state assembled at the State Capitol in Austin on June 20, 2021, to demonstrate against voting restrictions proposed by Republicans and applaud Democratic lawmakers for breaking quorum to kill the legislation. (Courthouse News photo/Kirk McDaniel)

4.) Nine Twitter users have dismissed their First Amendment lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton after he stopped blocking them and other critics from accessing his account on the social media platform.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in Washington at a rally in support of then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, prior to the U.S. Capitol insurrection. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

5.) More manatees died in the first half of 2021 than in any other year in Florida’s recorded history, according to Sunshine State wildlife officials who say the unprecedented number of deaths stem from seagrass loss, pollution and boat strikes.

Manatees crowd together near the warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light's plant in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Feb. 5, 2021. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

6.) The full Seventh Circuit ruled that the Chicago archdiocese cannot be sued by a former minister who claims he was discriminated against and fired because he is gay.    

(Image by analogicus from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

7.) A psychologist appointed by the state of Maryland to evaluate Capital Gazette shooter Jarrod Ramos’ mental competence told jurors Monday the admitted killer hadn’t shown any signs of mental disorders asserted by his defense attorneys.

Photos of five employees of the Capital Gazette adorn candles during a June 29, 2018, vigil across the street from where they were slain the day before in the newspaper’s office in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

International

8.) Following wild and often ugly scenes surrounding Italy's defeat of England on Sunday night in the European soccer championships, fears are mounting about the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus across Europe as people across the continent let down their guard and mass gatherings return to force.

Fans celebrate in Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy, on Sunday after their team won the European Championship against England. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
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