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FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, plaintiffs, from left, Charles Zanders, Tereasa Jefferson, Beverly Couch and Wilbur Devine Jr., look on during a news conference about a racial bias class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. Jury selection started Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in the first of what could be several trials in claims brought by black employees and applicants who allege discrimination and retaliation cost them jobs and promotions in Iowa�s executive branch. The cases stem from a landmark class-action lawsuit in which up to 6,000 blacks passed over for state jobs alleged a pattern of discrimination in state government hiring practices, based on statistics and research suggesting Americans subconsciously prefer whites to blacks. A judge dismissed the case last year and the Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to reinstate it on appeal. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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