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Challenge to 49ers stadium deal tossed

Updated: March 6, 2012, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A judge says the issue of building a stadium for the San Francisco 49ers cannot go before Santa Clara voters a second time.

Officials with the 49ers officials praised the ruling Monday and said construction could begin this spring.

The judge made the ruling Monday in response to a last-ditch attempt by a group to block the city's stadium deal. The group, Santa Clara Plays Fair, is opposed to city officials' approval of $850 million in bank loans to fund ...

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