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In St. Louis, Matthew Hathaway writes the “question of whether taxpayers will get to see the St. Louis Rams’ proposal for renovating the Edward Jones Dome now rests in the hands of a judge. The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission and St. Louis Post-Dispatch “both filed lawsuits on Wednesday, presenting divergent arguments about records related to Dome renovations and what role public debate should have in the process.” In its filing, the CVC sayid that it “intends to make public any deal struck with the Rams. But until a deal is reached, it argues, the talks could be hurt if the public knows too much” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/3).

FEELING BLUE: In Winnipeg, Kirk Penton writes the CFL Blue Bombers’ new Investors Group Field “won’t be ready until September at the earliest, and the price tag is on the rise.” The club “had hoped to be in the new park for their home opener on July 26.”  As a result of the delay, the team’s first loan payment to the provincial government, part of the $85M the team owes over 40 years, “has been pushed back from 2013 to 2014.” The club will also spend between $3M-$8M “from its own cash reserves to pay for upgrades to the video scoreboards, two ribbon boards and concession stands” at the new venue (WINNIPEG SUN, 5/3).

WAVE OF THE FUTURE: In New Orleans, Tammy Nunez wrote Tulane Univ. “reached out to the community and its supporters Tuesday when it appeared its January groundbreaking for an on-campus football stadium could be in jeopardy.” District Councilmember Susan Guidry recently “proposed an Interim Zoning District, which university officials said could freeze or slow construction projects campus-wide.” Tulane and other local universities have protested the idea, “claiming it unfairly singles out” the stadium project. The latest news is part of a “continuing disagreement between Tulane and some of its neighbors over the proposed stadium.” Tulane “took strong steps to drum up opposition to Guidry’s proposal Tuesday, issuing several press releases to urge citizens to fight” the proposed zoning district and attend a meeting set for today (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 5/2).

HOSTS WITH THE MOST: The NCAA D-I men’s and women’s soccer committees have selected Philadelphia and Cary, N.C., to serve as the hosts for the ’13 men’s and women’s D-I Soccer Championships, respectively. The men’s College Cup will be played at PPL Park on Dec. 13 and 15 in ‘13, hosted by Villanova Univ., while the women’s College Cup will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park on Dec. 6 and 8 in ’13, hosted by Campbell Univ. (NCAA).

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