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Posted: Friday June 29, 2012 6:23PM ; Updated: Friday June 29, 2012 6:23PM

Court battle begins over $30M for 49ers' stadium

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers are asking a judge to decide if Santa Clara County can redirect $30 million originally earmarked for the team's new stadium for other uses.

A Sacramento judge on Thursday set a court hearing in the case for July 3. The 49ers are expected to ask for a temporary restraining order freezing the use of the funds until the matter is settled.

The dispute arose after a county board responsible for allocating redevelopment funds said the money should be used for more pressing community needs.

The 49ers argue the money is legally theirs because it was allotted by voters in 2010 to help build the $1.2 billion stadium. The city of Santa Clara, where the stadium is being built, agrees.

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