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Huntsville gives $250k to space museum

HUNTSVILLE, AL. (AP) - Huntsville officials have decided to give $250,000 in emergency funding to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as it tries to get its finances in the black.

The Huntsville Times reports that the City Council approved the 1-time funding Thursday.

Mayor Tommy Battle says the $250,000 is in addition to $75,000 earmarked for the Space Center in the city's 2012 budget. He calls it a wise investment of city money. The center drew about 550,000 visitors last year.

The funding comes after the Space Center's second round of layoffs this year. It owes about $19 million related to construction of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, the Saturn V rocket and other projects. It must make a $500,000 debt service payment every six months.

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