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Jesuit College Fights for Public Money in Missouri

A fight over using public money for a Catholic university is now before The Missouri Supreme Court. The case involves Saint Louis University, which wants $8 million in public money in the form of tax-increment financing for its new planned basketball arena.

But opponents argue that the funding would violate church/state separation provisions in both the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.

While school officials say they are not downplaying the university's Jesuit heritage, they've sparked a debate by arguing that Saint Louis University is not controlled by the Jesuits or the Catholic Church.

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Matt Sepic reports from member station KWMU.

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