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Justices to rule in Iowa class-action bias case

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule Friday on whether to reinstate a class-action lawsuit claiming the Iowa executive branch has systematically discriminated against black job applicants.

Current and former black applicants contend that state agencies for decades have favored whites in interview and hiring decisions. The case is based on statistics that suggest blacks received fewer interviews and jobs than whites at some agencies and social science research contending that Americans subtly favor whites over blacks.

A judge dismissed the case two years ago, finding the plaintiffs didn't prove their allegations.

Justices have taken 10 months to deliberate after oral arguments. The unusually long period suggests there may be deep divisions on the court.

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