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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina judge is scheduled to hear motions in Charlotte's legal fight to maintain control over Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which it has run for more than 70 years.

The Charlotte City Council is challenging the General Assembly's move to give day-to-day operations of the airport to a new commission.

Judge Robert Ervin has already issued an injunction against the legislation creating a 13-member airport commission. But he will consider several motions during a hearing set for Friday.

The state wants the case dismissed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is responsible for issuing operating certificates for airports. But in a recent letter to the city, the agency says it will stay out of the fight over the nation's sixth busiest airport until all the legal issues are settled.

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