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WASHINGTON-The U.S. Supreme Court last week refused to consider an appeal of a Durham, N.C., ordinance banning commercial outdoor boards.

Implementation of the 1984 ordinance was delayed pending the litigation. With the court's decision, the city will send letters to outdoor board companies notifying them that commercial signs within Durham must come down, and companies will not be compensated.

Naegele Outdoor, Augusta, Ga., now Fairway Outdoor, filed the suit and estimated it will lose about $500,000 a year.

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