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Missouri Supreme Court sides with SLU in arena funding case

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An architect's rendering of SLU's new basketball arena.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – The Missouri Supreme Court has sided with Saint Louis University in a lawsuit over funding for the school's new basketball arena.

The university wants to use $8 million in tax-increment financing to pay for part of the project.

But the Masonic Temple Association claimed the university should not get public money because it's a religious institution.

The university argued while it is Catholic, it is controlled by an independent board of trustees and not by the Church.

In a 6 to 1 decision Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court agreed with Saint Louis University.

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