Laura Bush helped influence Texas-themed library

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By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — Laura Bush wanted to make sure her husband's presidential center reflected their Texas roots. And it does — right down to the building's limestone base from the Midland area, where they both grew up and lived after they were married.

The former first lady led the design committee for the 226,000-square-foot George W. Bush Presidential Center. It houses the 43rd president's library, museum and policy institute. The center is being dedicated Thursday at Laura Bush's alma mater of Southern Methodist University, not far from the couple's Dallas home.

She tells The Associated Press she wanted the center to have a Texas feel. She also wanted it to be modern since her husband's presidency was the first to begin in the 21st century.

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