Statue of Liberty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The New York Times says an investigation is under way to determine how a nonprofit group spent private donations to reopen the Statue of Liberty. It will also explore whether government guidelines were followed on bids for renovation work.

And the newspaper says the Interior Department's inspector general will examine why the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation launched a major fund-raising campaign when it already had a $30 million endowment.

The Statue of Liberty has been off-limits since 9-11 but is to reopen in July after security improvements are made using $7 million in donations.

The Times has reported the statue could have reopened sooner if the foundation's assets had been used to pay for the upgrades.

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