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dy/airport/short/ A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority against the City of Burbank, saying the court has no jurisdiction to determine the case. For the time being, the ruling lets stand a state law that empowers Burbank to approve or veto the acquisition of land for a new expanded airport terminal. The Airport Authority had challenged that law, saying the federally regulated airport should not be subject to state law. The ruling has the potential to delay the building of a new expanded terminal, which the Airport Authority supports but Burbank officials consider too big. Burbank Mayor Bill Wiggins, in a prepared statement, applauded the ruling, calling it “an important victory for the people of Burbank.” Airport Authority spokesman Victor Gill said the authority will likely appeal the decision in federal court or take the case to state court. Gill added that, despite the court’s dismissal, the Airport Authority will continue with its plans to acquire land for an expanded terminal. Douglas Young

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