- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the General Assembly’s redistricting debate on proposed congressional maps (all times local):

6 p.m.

Gov. Pat McCrory has officially called the General Assembly back to Raleigh to redraw North Carolina’s congressional map before a Friday deadline ordered by a federal court.

The governor announced late Wednesday the special session, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Legislators had hoped a special session wasn’t necessary. Attorneys for the state have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lower court ruling that struck down two of the current districts and prohibits U.S. House elections under the map approved in 2011. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the stay request.

A redistricting committee led by Republicans rolled out a proposed map Wednesday and approved it along party lines. The full House and Senate must vote on the boundaries to make them official.

5:45 p.m.

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have drawn a proposed congressional redistricting map that would put two incumbents in the same district and create a new Charlotte-area district without an incumbent.

The boundaries released Wednesday attempt to respond to a federal court ruling that struck down the 1st and 12th Districts. Republicans disagree with the ruling but created new lines to ensure they meet the judges’ order that a new map be drawn by Friday. The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to stop that order.

Redistricting leader Rep. David Lewis says Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding of the 13th and Democratic Rep. David Price of the 4th would live in the same proposed district. The snake-like shape of the 12th District would be eliminated, replaced with a more compact district.

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