• US reps hold hearing on voting rights in North Carolina

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    WELDON, N.C. (AP) - Members of Congress want to hear about barriers to the ballot in North Carolina before Democrats in Washington propose changes later this year.

    A U.S. House subcommittee conducts a field hearing on Thursday in the Halifax County town of Weldon. U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina and other Congress members plan to hear from people describing voting barriers.

    Democrats in Congress are working on legislation to restore part of a federal law the U.S. Supreme Court overturned in 2013 that required many Southern states to get federal approval before changing voting rules that could affect minorities.

    A similar congressional field hearing was Tuesday on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Others are planned for the next month in Cleveland, southern Florida and Birmingham, Alabama.

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