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A federal appeals court is considering a Virginia psychic's claim that Chesterfield County zoning and licensing regulations violate her religious, free speech and equal protection rights.

Patricia Moore-King, who operates as "Psychic Sophie," wants to run her business out of the same office complex as licensed psychologists and other professionals, according to the Associated Press.

King is challenging a zoning ordinance that would relegate her business to a less desirable industrial area. She also claims other regulations and licensing fees are unduly onerous.

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III said he doesn't think the county is trying to regulate King's speech or run her out of business.

A decision is expected in a few weeks.

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