Legal issues holding up Dubya's library decision

The SMU Paper reports President R. Gerald Turner said legal issues are delaying a final announcement between SMU and the Bush Library Selection Committee. He made the comments last week in front of a gathering of the SMU Student Affairs staff.

Details of the contract between the university and the selection committee are taking longer than expected, causing Turner to say that he has given up trying to predict when an announcement will occur.

Meanwhile, The Houston Chronicle Reports Southern Methodist University, the leading contender for George W. Bush's presidential library, started using its political, financial and social connections soon after his election to try to land the project, documents show.

Thousands of pages of testimony — obtained by The Dallas Morning News from a lawsuit involving land that may be used for the library — reveal an early, elaborate and secretive courtship for the project.

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