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ST. LOUIS – There's a new twist in the effort to shutdown a homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis.

A Clayton law firm representing a group of downtown residents is trying to revoke the license of the New Life Evangelistic Center on Locust, which is run by the Rev. Larry Rice. They claim the shelter is a nuisance.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Rev. Rice tried to stop the firm from being involved in the hearings about his permit. He argued there's a conflict of interest because St. Louis City Counselor Patricia Hageman recently took a job with the law firm.

The Board of Public Service hasn't made a decision yet.

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