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Cincinnati Museum Center officials will decide soon on which firm will renovate the art deco landmark.

Last year, taxpayers approved a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

According to a statement, BHDP Architecture, GBBN architects and Quinn Evans Architects are the three finalists. The first two are Cincinnati-based companies. The third is based in Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, MI.

Teams will present proposals in the coming weeks.

A final decision is expected by early April.

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A world-famous archeologist who will speak in Cincinnati this week says learning about the past can lead to a good future.  Egyptologist Zahi Hawass says that's why it's important to keep uncovering history. 

He is among the archeologists and historians worldwide disturbed by the reports of ISIS fighters smashing antiquities at a museum in Mosul last week.

“We need to stand against all these terrorists.  The people who smash the monuments in Iraq, and in Syria, and in Libya,'' he says. "They are destroying our heritage."

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The discovery of a rare Native American artifact in Newtown is exciting for archeologists, but it's also raising more questions. WVXU reporter Bill Rinehart joins us to provide details of the find.

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The discovery of a rare Native American artifact in Newtown is exciting for archeologists, but it's also raising more questions.

Contractors digging a trench for a fiber optic box north of Newtown's administrative hall earlier this month found human remains.  They called police who quickly realized it was a burial site and not a crime scene.  They, in turn, called the Cincinnati Museum Center.

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Cincinnati Museum Center CEO Doug McDonald will retire January 15. He's led the museum since 1999.

McDonald says he'll stay on as a consultant to the Union Terminal restoration project that was just approved by voters in November. The Cultural Facilities Task Force says McDonald's retirement will not affect the project

During his tenure McDonald helped to pull the museum out of debt and to grow its endowment to more than $50 million.

He also oversaw the merger with The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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