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<EM>"Of the $3 million the Lawrence Arts Center committed to raise in the capital campaign to fund a new building, how much have they raised so far?"</EM>

The art center has raised $2.2 million as of June 24. Director Ann Evans expects the other $800,000 to be raised during the summer.

"We're thrilled," Evans said. "We've gotten some big donations in last few weeks."

Area businessman and quarry owner Norman Hamm, 89, donated $150,000 to the $6.6 million project June 19.

Evans said construction of the new building, which will be located in the 900 block of New Hampshire, will begin early this fall. Evans estimated the construction will take 16 to 18 months and the building will open in 2002.

The current facility is located in the 200 block of West Ninth.

Is the Treasury Department going to change the designs on our paper money?

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is issuing newly designed currency notes during the next few years, but the new notes will essentially look the same as the current paper currency.

The redesign is a response to prevent counterfeiting. There will be two new features on the currency to deter counterfeiting. These features are not readily visible to the naked eye.

There is an embedded polyester thread identifying the denomination, and microprinting around the portrait on the face of the note. Neither of these recent changes alter the appearance. The thread is visible with the naked eye, but only if you hold the note up to a light source. The microprinting is visible only under a magnifying glass.


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