St. Louis bridge name draws river of disagreement

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bickering between Missouri and Illinois over how to fund the sorely needed Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis stalled the $670 million project for years. Now that construction is in full swing, the two states are differing again, debating what the span should be named - and who has the prevailing authority to do it.

The disagreement appeared to deepen this week, when the Illinois House voted 109-0 on a resolution for the Interstate 70 crossing to be dubbed the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Never mind that Missouri lawmakers and key members of Congress from both states insist the bridge, scheduled to open next year, should bear the name of late St. Louis Cardinals icon Stan "The Man" Musial - "the Stan Span," for short.

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