Catholic school offers to buy land in South Bend

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic high school has offered $350,000 to buy property that a federal judge has blocked the city of South Bend from giving to the school for an athletic field.

Last June, city officials had approved spending $1.2 million to buy the former Family Dollar store site and transfer it to a new St. Joseph's High School under construction east of the city's downtown.

The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the deal would give substantial aid to a religious institution in violation of the First Amendment.

Mayor Stephen Luecke said lawyers are reviewing the offer and whether a price below the $1.2 million paid by the city equals a gift.

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