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      SC Senate opens US House district line debate

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina senators have opened debate on how to draw district lines for a new, seventh U.S. House seat.

      Debate began Thursday and is expected to extend through next week as the Senate hears competing plans for how those seven districts should be drawn.

      Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Glenn McConnell is trying to convince lawmakers to work from a plan that puts the new seat in South Carolina's northeastern corner around Myrtle Beach, Florence and counties near the state line with North Carolina.

      Redistricting is required every decade to account for population shifts in the census. Population gains gave South Carolina a new House seat.

      Legislators have already approved plans for 124 state House seats and 46 in the state Senate and sent them to Gov. Nikki Haley.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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