WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court yesterday declined to reconsider a Kansas City, Mo., desegregation dispute -- a move that will require Missouri to shoulder a hefty financial responsibility for a new high school and for asbestos removal in public schools.

The justices, without comment, declined to review a federal appeals court ruling approving an $8 million increase in construction costs for Central High School and requiring the state and Kansas City school district to share equally in the costs of ridding six schools of asbestos.

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