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June 29, 2017KANSAS CITY, Mo. |  By: AP

University of Missouri System searches for funding for Kansas City arts campus

University of Missouri System officials are no longer counting on state funding to help build an arts campus in downtown Kansas City.

The Missouri Board of Curators and System President Mun Choi said in a news release Wednesday the system will develop alternative funding plans for the $96 million University of Missouri-Kansas City arts campus. The details of the funding mechanism will be presented at the curators' meeting in September. Choi said the $96 million and $2 million operating costs will not rely on state funding.

The Missouri Legislature passed a measure in April to issue up to $48 million in state bonds to cover half the art project's campus. The bill is awaiting Gov. Eric Greitens signature but supporters are concerned he will not sign it.