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Minnesota House panel rejects Vikings stadium bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota Vikings stadium bill has been narrowly rejected by a key House panel.

The House State and Local Government Operations Committee voted 10-9 against the proposal on Wednesday.

The bill proposed to pay for a $791 million arena using city of Minneapolis money now going to pay off bonds on the city's convention center. It would also create a new lottery scratch-off game and calls for the team to put up a third of the cost.

Sponsor Rep. Loren Solberg says Minneapolis is the focus but he is open to other sites if another city comes forward.

The stadium plan is also up for a vote in a Senate committee Wednesday.

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