DALLAS — The Louisiana House Appropriations Committee declined Monday to give the go-ahead for construction of a $1.2 billion state hospital in New Orleans until a more complete business plan is developed.

State facilities director Jerry Jones said the government has almost $900 million on hand for the project, and asked for authority to begin construction of the 424-bed University Medical Center, which will serve as a training hospital for Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and other area medical schools.

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