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Originally published Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 12:48 PM

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Newport OR: Woods Hole of the West?

The Oregon coastal town of Newport received a huge boost last month when it was chosen as the new base for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific fleet. But there may be even more good news for Newport on the horizon.

The Associated Press

NEWPORT, Ore. —

The Oregon coastal town of Newport received a huge boost last month when it was chosen as the new base for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific fleet. But there may be even more good news for Newport on the horizon.

Officials at Oregon State University's Marine Science Center in Newport say there's a good chance it may win money for a new marine mammal and gene research facility.

Newport officials tell The Oregonian that marine research is becoming increasingly important to the city to supplement the seasonal fishing and tourist industries. The university and five state and federal agencies have operations at the 49-acre science center, for a total budget of nearly $40 million and a staff of about 300.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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