NC lawmakers hope to keep historic sites running

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FREMONT, N.C. (AP) — Supporters of North Carolina historic sites say the legislature would be making a big mistake by enacting recommendations from Gov. Pat McCrory to close four of the facilities and a museum.

McCrory recommended closing the attractions as part of his budget for a new two-year cycle starting July 1. His office says the closures, along with reducing hours across all historic sites to five days a week, would save about $650,000 a year.

Lawmakers in the affected districts say they'll look for ways to avoid or minimize the cuts during budget planning over the following months.

Keith Hardison of the Division of State Historic Sites and Properties says his department's budget is already bare-bones, so he had no choice but to recommend closing sites with low visitation and other problems.

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