DALLAS — Arguments got under way Wednesday in a New Orleans federal district court in an effort by historic preservationists to derail construction of a bond-financed state hospital in the city.

Louisiana plans to build a replacement for storm-damaged Charity Hospital on a 70-acre site in the Mid-City neighborhood that will also accommodate a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. The financing plan for the new $1.2 billion, 462-bed facility includes $300 million from the state, $475 million in federal reimbursements for the old Charity, and $425 million in hospital revenue bonds.

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