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Jan 13, 10:39 AM EST

Alabama judge to decide dispute over Confederate memorial


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The fate of a Confederate monument in downtown Birmingham won't be decided for months.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo has scheduled a hearing for April 13 on a state lawsuit challenging the city's decision to shroud the stone obelisk in plywood.

The judge's decision comes after the state attorney general's office and the city filed a document agreeing to certain facts about the case. That includes the history of the 113-year-old memorial and its location in a downtown park.

The city built a plywood structure to hide inscriptions on the base of the monument amid national protests over Confederate memorials. The state filed suit claiming the move violates a new state law that bars the removal or alteration of historic monuments.

The plywood structure can remain until the hearing.

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