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Top Morning Stories for March 21, 2011

The Texas House is set to debate Voter ID legislation today.
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The Texas House is set to debate Voter ID legislation today.

Texas House to Debate Voter ID Legislation

The Texas House is scheduled to debate the controversial Voter ID bill today. The bill would require all voters in Texas to show photo identification before casting a ballot at the polls.

Republicans say that implementing the bill will prevent voter fraud, reports the Associated Press. Democrats say that the bill would make voting difficult for minorities, the elderly and the poor  because they’re less likely to have state-issued identification. The bill has already passed the Senate.

The Horns Fall to Arizona in NCAA Tournament

The number 4 seedLonghorns Men's Basketball team is out of the NCAA tournament after last night's game against the Arizona Wildcats. The Horns were down by as much as 13 points in the first half, but made a comeback as J'Covan Brown scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half. Arizona player Derrick Williams brought the Wildcats to a 70 to 69 lead to win the game with a three-point shot in the last 9.6 seconds. The Wildcats will move on to play Duke in the Sweet Sixteen on Thursday.

KVUE reports that an official from the game has released a statement regarding several controversial calls and no-calls in the last seconds of the match.

SWAT Called to North Austin Apartment

A SWAT team responded to a 5:40 a.m. domestic disturbance call at a North Austin apartment complex in the 9300 block of Northgate Boulevard. APD said that the suspect attempted to stab the person at the apartment. SWAT was called to the scene when the suspect barricaded himself inside the apartment and would not come out. Negotiators talked the suspect out of the apartment, and he was arrested. No one was harmed in the incident. Roads are open again around the area.