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Judge rules against Beverly Hills in subway fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has ruled that the environmental review process for a planned subway that runs under Beverly Hills High School was thorough, fair and legal.

The ruling late Wednesday is a significant victory for Los Angeles County transportation officials seeking to build the $5.6-billion Westside Subway Extension.

But the city and school district of Beverly Hills that opposed the review can still appeal the decision, and has two federal lawsuits pending against the plan.

Beverly Hills sued the county's Metropolitan Transportation Authority two years ago, saying it didn't adequately consider the risks of tunneling under the high school.

Metro officials told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1mLQ0aB) a legal loss would've meant years of delay and millions in new environmental studies.

Beverly Hills officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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