ATLANTA, GA. — Shareholders in BellSouth voted Friday to approve a $67 billion merger with AT&T.

The deal has yet to receive approval from the federal government.

Ninety-seven percent of the shares that were voted were in favor of the merger, BellSouth said.

Based on stock prices when the deal was announced in March, the merger is worth some $67 billion.

BellSouth stockholders are to receive 1.325 shares of AT&T stock for each share of BellSouth that they own. If the merger receives government approval, BellSouth shareholders will own 38 percent of the combined company.

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