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Residents near Charlotte airport sue over noise

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Four dozen Charlotte residents are suing Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, claiming noise from a new runway has lowered their home values.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the homeowners are seeking damages from the city based on the diminished value of their property that they say the new flights are causing.

The lawsuits stem from the airport's newest runway, which opened in February 2010. The 9,000-foot long strip runs north-south, roughly parallel to Interstate 485, between Wilkinson and West boulevards.

Charlotte-Douglas officials have declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the city's policy of not discussing pending litigation.

Aviation Director Jerry Orr said about 400 residents sued the airport after a new runway opened in 1979. Orr said the airport lost one of those lawsuits, won one and settled the rest.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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