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N. Carolina legislative, congressional district maps lawsuits return to state Supreme Court

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has brought foes over how North Carolina congressional and General Assembly boundaries were drawn back to North Carolina's highest court.

The state's justices were scheduled to hear arguments Monday in redistricting lawsuits filed nearly four years ago by Democratic voters and civil rights and election advocacy groups. There's no timetable for a ruling.

The maps drawn by Republicans at the legislature were upheld by a three-judge panel, followed by a majority on the state Supreme Court last December. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April a second look was needed after a separate Alabama redistricting decision.

The stakes of the case remain high. The maps have helped Republicans extend control of the Legislature and hold 10 of the state's 13 congressional seats.

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