Negotiated: Lawmakers announced early this morning that they have reached an agreement on a $150 billion economic package which includes the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits, The Washington Post reports. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have dueling editorials on the subject.
Texting: A Pennsylvania judge will allow text messages between a husband and wife as evidence in an alleged child-abuse case. Our sister publication, The Legal Intelligencer reports.
Redistricting: The Texas primaries will not be held until May 29, reports The Texas Tribune. Lawyers for both sides have agreed on an interim map, but reserve the right to contest changes when a permanent map is decided. If approved by the courts, the map will be used during the 2012 elections.
Toxic: The Houston Press has a feature story about 200 soldiers suing KBR Inc. for allegedly exposing them to toxic chemicals while serving in Iraq.