The Federal Reserve Board announced on Wednesday that it would hold a hearing Aug. 13 in Chicago on the proposed merger of Banc One Corp. and First Chicago NBD Corp.

The Fed said members of the public wishing to testify on the $30 billion deal must submit requests to the central bank by July 31. The Fed also extended the deadline for written comment to Aug. 13.

This will be the ninth hearing the Fed has conducted on megabank mergers. The most recent was held July 9 and 10 in San Francisco on the pending NationsBank Corp.-BankAmerica Corp. merger.

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