DALLAS – Moody’s Investors Service has left its junk ratings in place on the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority’s junior-lien bonds as the stadium builder’s bond insurer appeals a lawsuit over coverage of more than $1 billion of debt.

National Public Finance Guarantee Corp., the spin-off from the recession-stricken bond insurance firm MBIA, fears another Astrodome scenario, wherein an abandoned stadium remains in debt. Houston and Harris County officials have been struggling for years to find a way to use or redevelop the Astrodome, which carries historical status as the world’s first domed stadium.

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