Court to hear Ark. desegregation appeal Sept. 19

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear the desegregation case involving Arkansas and three Little Rock-area school districts on Sept. 19.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday scheduled arguments for Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. in St. Louis. A three-judge panel will review U.S. District Judge Brian Miller's ruling to cut off

much of the payments the state is required to make for desegregation efforts.

Judges Roger L. Wollman, Michael J. Melloy and Raymond W. Gruender will hear the case.

In May, Miller ordered an end to much of the $70 million a year the state pays the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski

County Special school districts. The appeals court stayed that ruling and kept all funding in place in advance of September's hearing.

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