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Another trial begins on North Carolina legislative maps

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Another North Carolina redistricting trial is getting under way, this time in federal court over a lawsuit challenging boundaries for nearly 30 state House and Senate seats.

Arguments in the weeklong trial starting Monday in Greensboro federal court are likely to match those in another federal case involving the 1st and 12th Congressional Districts. A three-judge panel in February said they were illegally gerrymandered by race and must be redrawn, which legislators did. Lawmakers also delayed the congressional primary until June.

The case centers on whether legislators created unnecessary majority-black districts when black voters have been able to choose preferred candidates in more multi-racial districts.

The state’s attorneys say the contested districts comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and state redistricting criteria.

State courts previously upheld the legislative districts.

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