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Houston renaming airport after Bush

HOUSTON, April 16 -- The Houston City Council has agreed unanimously to rename the Houston Intercontinental Airport after former President George Bush. A letter signed by 28 people, including former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Houston Rockets forward Clyde Drexler, was written to the mayor and city council last February urging the honor for Bush.

Houston City Aviation officials say the Federal Aviation Agency's abbreviation for the airport will continue to be IAH. Aviation spokesman Richard Fernandez says the large entrance sign to the airport will have to be changed at a cost of about $7,000 and that printed materials such as stationary will be replaced as it runs out. The Houston Intercontinental Airport opened in June 1969. Bush currently lives in Houston. While president, he helped bring the economic summit to Houston in 1990 and the Republican National Convention to Houston in 1992. ---

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