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      City's ongoing rail dispute hits speed bump

      (File photo/WCIV)

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A U.S. District Judge has dismissed North Charleston's federal complaint against a plan to bring dual rail access to the old naval base.

      "The judge said that the federal case was too early to be heard and this time," City Spokesman Ryan Johnson said Friday. "He also said the City could pursue the federal case once the state case had concluded, pending the results."

      The lawsuit against the department of commerce is North Charleston's attempt to keep the state from taking public land for the rail plan.

      Mayor Keith Summey has said in the past{}the plan violates an agreement the City has with the State Ports Authority, which restricts rail lines north of the old naval base.

      Johnson says the state court could hear the case as early as this Fall.

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