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The St. Louis Rams announced today via their official Twitter account that they will not be playing a select number of home games in London in the 2013-2014 seasons:

Rams and CVC enter arbitration

The St. Louis Rams are heading to arbitration over what to do about the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which runs the facility and leases it to the Rams, voted Thursday to begin the arbitration process. The two sides remain far apart on plans to upgrade the dome. The 30-year lease signed when the Rams moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles prior to the 1995 season requires the dome to be among the top quarter of NFL stadiums in 15 separate categories. If it isn't, the team can break the lease after the 2014 season. Negotiations began in February with the CVC proposing $124 million in improvements. The Rams countered with a much broader plan that city officials said could cost $700 million.

(Rendering provided by Atty. Gen. Chris Koster)

Updated at 11:40 with comments from Mayor Slay's office.

Updated at 9:35 with statement from CVC.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has rejected a multi-million dollar proposal from the St. Louis Rams for upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay confirmed the rejection on Twitter this morning. The mayor had encouraged the CVC to reject the Rams' proposal because he thought the cost was too high.

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Longtime St. Louis Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt is suing the team, alleging he was fired due to age discrimination.

The suit filed Tuesday in St. Louis County accuses the NFL team of violating the Missouri Human Rights Act. It does not specify a dollar amount. A Rams spokeswoman declined comment.

Hewitt was 54 when he was fired in January 2011. The suit claims former coach Steve Spagnuolo had made comments about Hewitt's age.

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission to reject the Rams’ request for $700 million in upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the team is on its way out of town.

Speaking on St. Louis on the Air, Slay said the Ram’s requests was a “best-case scenario” for the team, and did not reflect a take-it-or-leave-it offer.

The city’s plan calls for upgrades totaling $124 million—a figure which Slays says is a starting point for further negotiations.

(Office of Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster)

The public may finally see proposed changes for the Edward Jones Dome on May 14, according Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

In a release to the media this afternoon, Koster said that the state "intends to comply with an open records request regarding proposals made on upgrading the Edward Jones Dome" and "will provide the documents to the requesting party on Monday, May 14, unless a court rules that the records should remain closed."

The requesting party on this particular request was KTVI-TV in St. Louis.

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Updated at 6 am with counterclaim and statement from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is asking a judge to keep private a counterproposal from the St. Louis Rams on upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

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The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission says that the Rams have submitted their alternative proposal to revamp the Edward Jones Dome.

The details of the club's plan, however, will remain confidential.

Today is the deadline for the Rams to submit their proposal.

A pair of statements released today indicates action in the process but gives little information on actual changes:

The CVC's statement:

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Counterproposal for Edward Jones Dome upgrades due tomorrow

The St. Louis Rams have until tomorrow to offer their own price tag for upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis.

The Rams' lease requires the Dome to be in the "top tier" of stadiums in the National Football League. That tems is not clearly defined, but it's generally meant within the top 25 percent. Otherwise, the Rams are free to depart St. Louis in 2015.

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Rams trade down, draft Brockers

The St. Louis Rams drafted LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers in last night's first round of the NFL Draft.

The Rams traded back from the sixth pick to the number 14 pick with the Dallas Cowboys after the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to the fifth pick to draft wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The Rams also got a second round pick from the Cowboys in the trade.

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