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DALLAS (AP) - Officials in Texas and other states may have been reviewing the proposed American Airlines-US Airways merger far longer than previously known.

Published reports last week disclosed that the chief law officials in about 19 states joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the merger involving Fort Worth-based American. An agreement in which the states won access to confidential information from the airlines was dated March 19, barely a month after the merger announcement.

Details were obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press under an open-records request.

States often join the review process to look out for interests such as preserving hub airports and routes.

US Airways Group Inc. shareholders are scheduled to vote on the merger Friday.

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