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    Arkansas lawmakers to consider desegregation plan

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Legislative Council is scheduled to consider a proposed agreement that would put an end to years of payments the state makes to boost desegregation efforts in three Little Rock-area school districts.

    The Legislative Council is scheduled to discuss the measure when it meets Friday in Little Rock.

    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel unveiled the proposal in a legislative subcommittee meeting on Thursday.

    The Legislative Council and school boards for the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts have to approve the measure.

    Under the proposal, Arkansas would make four more annual payments of nearly $70 million. The districts would give up their right to sue.

    Absent an agreement, a federal judge next month will consider the state's request to stop the payments immediately.

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