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US Supreme Court Picks Up Michigan Affirmative Action Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The US Supreme Court picks up a case from Michigan Tuesday.

The affirmative action case challenges Michigan's voter-approved ban on using race and gender when considering college applications.

Just a few months ago, the Supreme Court ruled the University of Texas could continue using racial criteria in admissions.

But the justices made it much harder for public colleges to justify affirmative action policies.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the Supreme Court to keep it in place.

Five states besides Michigan have similar laws against affirmative action.

The court's ruling could determine their fate and whether more states try to pass bans.