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Taxpayers asked to pay 1/3 of costs

Updated: June 14, 2010, 11:09 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The iconic Houston Astrodome could become a convention and science center under a $1.35 billion proposal unveiled by county officials and complex operators Monday, if taxpayers are willing to pay at least a third of the cost.

"This is a great landmark for the city of Houston," said Edgar Colon, chairman of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. "We would like to see it stay that way and hopefully see it returned to its rightful place as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World."'

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