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Dallas District Debate Expected to be Heated

By Julie Tam
|  Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011  |  Updated 2:22 PM CDT
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Dallas District Debate Expected to be Heated

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Changes to council districts could spark controversy Wednesday at Dallas City Hall.

Proposed changes to the 14 council districts, based on the latest census numbers, reflect the growing Hispanic population, at the expense of a black-dominated district.

The biggest changes are in the southern parts of Dallas where districts 1 and 8 grow, 3 shrinks and 4 and 5 shift in opposite directions.

Each district must have roughly equal population, but can vary geographically.

Once approved by the council, the U.S. Justice Department still must approve the map.

If adopted, the new district map will be used until data is available from the 2020 census.

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