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Governor Backs Down Position That Stadium Issue is Dead This Session

April 24, 2001
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

One day after removing his support this year for a new Cardinals stadium, Governor Bob Holden backed down slightly from his position. Kyle Elfrink has more from Jefferson City.

Yesterday there seemed to be no chance, but now Governor Holden thinks the bill to build the Cardinals a new stadium may pass before May 18 ...

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Regardless of if the stadium issue is resolved this session, Holden doesn't like the sound of the Cardinals moving elsewhere ...

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Holden says he'll only sign a bill that makes economic sense for all of Missourians in a tight budget year.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink, KMOX News.Date:April 24, 2001

By: Kyle Elfrink

State Capital Bureau

Chances that the Missouri legislature will back a plan to build a new baseball stadium in St. Louis seem to be dying. But, Governor Bob Holden says it can still be rescued. Kyle Elfrink has more from Jefferson City.

The governor says any plan he signs to give state-backing to the proposed stadium must improve over the Cardinals current offer ...

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Today, members of Holden's staff met with Cardinal representatives in an effort to improve the plan which Holden has already questioned. But, Holden believes the stadium issue could pass this year, but the chances are slim.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink, KMOX News.Date:April 24, 2001

By: Kyle Elfrink

State Capital Bureau

What's more important to Governor Bob Holden? - The economic well-being of the state or the competitiveness of the Cardinals? Kyle Elfrink has more from Jefferson City.

The Cardinal owners claim their organization can't remain competitive without a new stadium. The governor hasn't said if he believes that or not, but he thinks the issue of being competitive isn't most important ...

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Members of Holden's staff met today with representatives of the Cardinals and the governor hopes to talk again with team owners soon.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink, KMOX News.