Hearing Monday On Temporary District Maps

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A hearing is scheduled in federal court in South Texas that could determine what district lines can be used temporarily as election officials prepare for next year's primaries.

Monday's hearing in San Antonio involves a combination of several lawsuits filed by minority and Democratic groups. A final resolution is stalled while a Justice Department challenge to lines proposed by the state is pending before a three-judge panel in Washington.

The Justice Department contends that the new state voting maps for U.S. and Texas House races were drawn with discriminatory intent against minority voters. It has asked the tribunal to throw out those lines.

The state, represented by Attorney General Greg Abbott, contends that the plans maintain or increase the voting strength of minorities and are in compliance with the law.