- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge won’t move up a court hearing on whether two dozen legislative districts drawn by an outside expert should replace those approved by the Republican-controlled legislature for the 2018 elections.

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles denied Tuesday this week’s motion by attorneys for GOP legislative leaders asking for a hearing by a three-judge panel set for Jan. 5 to happen no later than Dec. 22. The attorneys said it would give legislators more time to appeal any ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court or for the General Assembly to act when it reconvenes Jan. 10. Candidate filing begins in mid-February.

The judges hired a special master to propose House and Senate districts that address possible continued racial bias in the lines and violations of the state constitution.

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