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Budget woes keep museum empty

POSTED: May 28, 2009 9:43 a.m.
ATLANTA - Georgia hopes to turn the old World of Coca-Cola building into a fancy new state history museum, but the dire economy has put those plans on hold.

The state bought the building for $1 million after Coca-Cola left for a new museum two years ago. Gov. Sonny Perdue had tapped $15 million in his budget to renovate the site, which sits just a stone's throw from the state Capitol.

But the funding and hundreds of millions of dollars for other projects was cut as the state sought to balance the budget.

State officials haven't put the kibosh on their hopes for the site, though. They say that they believe it can be a catalyst for tourist traffic once Georgia's finances are back in the black.

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