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      Citizens' opportunity to influence redistricting

      Citizens are invited Thursday to make suggestions on how to draw new borders for the state's legislative districts.

      A commission of six appeals court judges has taken over the redistricting of the state house and senate, after a bipartisan panel was unable to reach agreement on the new maps earlier this year.

      Borders of the districts are adjusted every 10 years to reflect changes in population.

      The 2010 census showed southwestern Missouri and the outer St. Louis suburbs among the state's fastest-growing regions.

      The judicial panel will accept public testimony today at the Kirkpatrick State Office Building on West Main St. in Jefferson City.

      The hearing runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Sign ups to talk will be set out at 8:30.

      There is a 10 minute time limit to talk.

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