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Judges to meet with lawyers before redistricting ruling

Posted 9:58 a.m. Thursday

— Federal judges who struck down North Carolina legislative districts for illegal racial bias are holding court before ruling whether new boundaries approved by Republicans over the summer fixed or retained the problem.

A three-judge panel is scheduled to meet Thursday in Greensboro with lawyers for legislative leaders and voters as it decides if the General Assembly's redistricting must be performed again. The judges also could sign off on the boundaries for the 2018 elections.

The Republican-controlled legislature approved new maps in August because the judges struck down nearly 30 districts drawn in 2011 as illegal racial gerrymanders.

Lawyers for GOP leaders say problems with race have been cured with the new boundaries. But attorneys for the voters who initially sued over the 2011 maps still find fault with 12 districts.

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