MSU Nuclear Center Hopes Remain Alive

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Michigan State University's quest to win a federally funded nuclear physics research center is still alive.

President Bush's budget proposal sent to Congress on Monday includes $4 million for the US Department of Energy to continue preliminary work on an atom-smasher called the Rare Isotope Accelerator.

It's not enough money to complete a development plan. But it keeps the concept moving forward.

Some members of Congress say they will lobby to increase the funding.

Michigan State and Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are considered the front-runners for the project. It would cost about $1 billion to build.