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N. Carolina redistricting foes return to state Supreme Court as justices weigh Alabama case

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina's current congressional and legislative districts were drawn four years ago and have been used in two elections, but whether they'll stay around for 2016 is unresolved.

The initial litigation that called the use of race in forming the districts discriminatory and illegal is still not over.

Monday's hearing at the state Supreme Court again addresses combined lawsuits filed by election and civil rights groups and Democratic voters in 2011.

The state justices upheld the boundaries last December, but the U.S. Supreme Court told them to reconsider the case based on its March Alabama redistricting decision.

A Republican mapmaker says the Alabama case is very different from North Carolina and the boundaries should be upheld. The plaintiffs' lawyers argue the Alabama case confirms North Carolina must redraw districts.

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