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Time running out for stadium: 'I don't know how we can possibly do it'

A Republican who authored the stadium bill in the House says the time is nearly up. Rep. Morrie Lanning says charities have yet to agree to the funding plan, while some lawmakers are insisting on a backup plan if gambling revenue falls short. And some legislators are hoping to wrap up the session as early as next week.
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A Republican who authored the stadium bill in the House says the time is nearly up. Rep. Morrie Lanning says charities have yet to agree to the funding plan, while some lawmakers are insisting on a backup plan if gambling revenue falls short. And some legislators are hoping to wrap up the session as early as next week.

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