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Utah's Next Governor Making Inauguration Plans

Utah's Next Governor Making Inauguration Plans

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- With the Utah Capitol shut down for renovations, Governor-elect Jon Huntsman Junior will be sworn into office January 3rd at Salt Lake's premier symphony hall.

Huntsman will take the detour from the Capitol rotunda to Abravanel Hall. The 88-year-old Capitol was emptied last summer for four years and 200 (M)million dollars worth of work.

Engineers plan to hoist the 67-thousand, 500-ton building on a set of shock absorbers, making it earthquake-resistant. Extensive interior renovations also are planned.

Abravanel Hall, named after the late maestro Maurice Abravanel, seats nearly 3-thousand people, more than could fit under the Capitol rotunda.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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