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CINCINNATI - A Jesus portrait that that has hung in a southern Ohio school district's buildings since 1947 has been taken down, because of concerns about the costs of defending it against a federal lawsuit.

The superintendent of Jackson City Schools tells The Associated Press that the decision was made after the district's insurance company declined to cover litigation expenses. He says a student club that the school says owns the portrait took it down Wednesday morning at his direction.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom from Religion Foundation had sued on behalf of a student and two parents, calling the portrait an unconstitutional promotion of religion in a public school.

An ACLU spokesman says the lawsuit remains in effect, but will be dropped if the portrait stays down.

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