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Dome owners hoping Rams stay

ST. LOUIS -- The owners of the Edward Jones Dome remain hopeful the St. Louis Rams won't leave after city leaders rejected $700 million in upgrades sought by the team.

The Rams can break their lease after next season but have said little about their plans.

The lease requires the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority to provide the team with a "first-tier" stadium by 2015, which is 20 years after the building opened.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has taken over negotiations with Rams owner Stan Kroenke after arbitration between the team and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission failed. The commission operates the dome.

Board chairman Jim Shrewsbury said Tuesday that dome officials haven't given up on keeping the team.