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Thursday, August 18, 2005

U.S. senators seek money for teapot project targeted by critics

The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Republican lawmakers who decried the $400,000 appropriated for the Sparta Teapot Museum may not have known that their counterparts in Washington are trying to secure more money for the project.
One lawmaker questioned whether the state should be spending money on a teapot museum when school teachers were asking for money for basic supplies. StateGovernmentRadio.com reports that U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, as well as Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, are trying to gain federal dollars for the museum.
Patrick Woodie, executive director of the lead agency for the development project, says his office has been in touch with the senators regarding the museum, which will be built on a five-acre site in downtown Sparta. It will house more than eight-thousand artist-made teapots, including a collection considered to be the foremost collection of British antique teapots.
(Seth Effron, StateGovernmentRadio.com)
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