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Tenn. Senate approves GOP redistricting plans

The state Senate has approved new boundaries for Tennessee's nine congressional seats. The state Senate has approved new boundaries for Tennessee's nine congressional seats.

ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press
    
(AP) - The state Senate has approved new boundaries for the 132 seats in the Tennessee General Assembly and nine seats in the U.S. House.
    
The Republican plans approved Friday would draw five African American House members into three seats, and pair Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle with a fellow Democrat incumbent in Memphis.
    
The congressional redistricting plan stopped short of splitting traditionally Democratic Nashville into several districts.
    
Senate Republicans rejected efforts to redraw the lines for the 9th District in Memphis, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has complained that the new lines would remove all the major Jewish institutions and much of the Jewish vote from his district.
    
The House was expected to agree with the Senate plans later Friday and send the bill for the governor's signature.

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