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Court to hear challenge to Braves stadium financing

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in an appeal of a lower court ruling on financing for the new Braves baseball stadium in Cobb County.

Three Cobb County residents opposed the authorization of the bonds, arguing the bonds required taxpayer approval. A Cobb County Superior Court judge in July validated the bonds, ruling that no public referendum was necessary.

The three residents - attorney T. Tucker Hobgood, Larry Savage and Richard Pellegrino - have appealed the judge's ruling to the Supreme Court.

The Braves announced in November 2013 that they would leave Turner Field, near downtown Atlanta, for a new stadium to be built in Cobb County once their current lease expires. The team plans to begin playing in the new stadium for the 2017 season.

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