A fight over using public money for a Catholic university is now before The Missouri Supreme Court. The case involves Saint Louis University, which wants $8 million in public money in the form of tax-increment financing for its new planned basketball arena.
But opponents argue that the funding would violate church/state separation provisions in both the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.
While school officials say they are not downplaying the university's Jesuit heritage, they've sparked a debate by arguing that Saint Louis University is not controlled by the Jesuits or the Catholic Church.
Matt Sepic reports from member station KWMU.