Evansville wants to keep WWII ship moored in city

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The mayor of Evansville says keeping a World War II ship used in the Normandy landings at Omaha Beach stationed at the southern Indiana city is a high priority.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke tells the Evansville Courier & Press there have been several negotiations with the board of directors for LST 325 on a new deal. The decommissioned Navy ship's 10-year agreement to moor in Evansville expires in May 2015.

LST spokesman Chris Donahue says Peoria, Ill., and Jeffersonville, Ind., have shown interest.

The LST 325 is currently on a tour of cities, making stops in Charleston, W.Va., Ashland, Ky., and Madison, Ind. It is scheduled to return to Evansville on Sept. 23.

The ship is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press 

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