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Nixon appeals ruling on Katy Trail bridge

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By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Jay Nixon is appealing a judge's ruling that the state has no property right to an old railroad bridge at Boonville.

Earlier this week, a judge ruled for Governor Blunt's administration in a dispute with Nixon.

Nixon sued the Department of Natural Resources over its decision to give up the state's interest in using the bridge as part of Katy Trail State Park.

Union Pacific wants to dismantle the bridge and use the steel elsewhere.

A 1987 purchase agreement allowed DNR to use the Missouri River bridge as part of the trail, as long as DNR assumed liability.

That step never happened, and Cole County Senior Judge Byron Kinder ruled the state thus has no right to the bridge.

Nixon claims that potential use equals a property right that only the Legislature can give up.

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