April 29, 2006 - Posted at 12:57 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Attorney General Jay Nixon appeals a
judge's ruling that the state has no property right to an old
railroad bridge at Boonville.
Earlier this week, a judge ruled for Governor Blunt's
administration in a dispute with Nixon.
Nixon sued the Department of Natural Resources over its decision
to give up the state's interest in using the bridge as part of Katy
Trail State Park. Union Pacific wants to dismantle the bridge and
use the steel elsewhere.
A 1987 purchase agreement allowed D-N-R to use the Missouri
River bridge as part of the trail -- as long as D-N-R assumed
liability. That step never happened, and Cole County Senior Judge
Byron Kinder ruled the state thus has no right to the bridge.
Nixon claims that potential use equals a property right that
only the Legislature can give up.