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Supporters of the long-delayed Ballpark Village project in downtown St. Louis made a renewed pitch today for state backing to the Missouri Development Finance Board.

The $100 million project would be built on the north side of Busch Stadium and would contain space for retail stores, restaurants, an open-air event space with a retractable roof, and a St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  Team President Bill DeWitt III says the project got sidetracked by the economic crisis that hit the country four years ago.

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Quinn will close two prisons, including Tamms

Rachel Otwell contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made it official on Tuesday - he will close two state prisons, including the state's supermax facility in Tamms.

Rep. Brandon Phelps, of Harrisburg, says he received a brief memo from Quinn, saying that Tamms and a prison in Dwight will close, as well as juvenile detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro. That's despite legislators including money in the 2013 budget for the facilities.

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The man who's been at the right hand of Tony LaRussa for most of LaRussa's managing career is taking an extended leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team announced today that pitching coach Dave Duncan's wife underwent major surgery on August 21 and will require additional tests and rehabilitation. Duncan asked to stay with his wife during that period. No date's been set for his return.

Here's the rest of the statement from the St. Louis Cardinals:

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The St. Louis Cardinals are working with their engineer and contractor to remove ornamental metal plates from the facade of Busch Stadium.

One of the 100-pound metal plates fell 80 feet to the ground on Monday afternoon.

No one was hurt in the incident but Cardinals Spokesman Ron Watermon says the team isn’t taking any chances.

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Record setting weekend expected at Busch Stadium Sunday

Busch Stadium could set an attendance record this weekend, but the crowd won't be there for a St. Louis Cardinals game. A stadium-record 52,000 people are expected for the U2 concert scheduled for Sunday night. That will include fans with seats on the field.  

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Less than 24 hours after the Cardinals completed a 4-2 win over Arizona, the sod at Busch Stadium is dug up and gone.

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