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Miami University seek state funds for radio education center

Miami University is asking the state for three-and-a-half (m) million dollars to build an educational center next to the site of the former Voice of America broadcasting center in southwest Ohio. The federal government gave the university 20 acres in West Chester in 1996 after the global news station shut down. Miami's Middletown campus would manage the Voice of America Learning Center. It's designed for several colleges and universities to cooperate to offer classes and job training. Officials say it could open for fall 2006 if the state money comes through. Plans are to offer about 100 classes a week for new college students or people seeking job advancement. The project has already received one-and-a-half (m) million dollars from the state.