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A judge in Los Angeles has refused to halt an April 6 vote that would, if approved by residents, allow Wal-Mart to build a supercenter there without any sort of public hearing or environmental impact statement.

The judge didn’t rule on the merits of the case, but said that she didn’t want to interfere with the election just five weeks away.

About a year and a half ago, the Inglewood City Council adopted an emergency ordinance barring construction of retail stores that exceed 155,000 square feet and sell more than 20,000 nontaxable items such as food and pharmacy products. But Wal-Mart gathered more than 9,000 signatures on petitions to force a public vote, saying the city council didn't have Inglewood residents' best interests in mind.
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