Nixon dismissed from lawsuit over state funding of St. Louis stadium

A lawsuit tied to plans for a new $1 billion riverfront stadium for the St. Louis Rams carries on without Gov. Jay Nixon as one of its defendants. It also moves from Cole County Circuit Court to St. Louis Circuit Court.

The remaining defendant is the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA), which stands accused by a group of Missouri lawmakers of illegal use of taxpayer money—$6 million so far—on the new stadium. Initially, Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) argued it’s part of Nixon’s job to execute the state Legislature’s plans for allocating funds, making him partly responsible for any wrongdoing found. Attorney General Chris Koster’s office countered that the allegations of illegal activity in the suit are only tied to the RSA.

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