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Wichita weighs naming airport for Eisenhower

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Officials in Wichita are weighing whether to rename Mid-Continent Airport for one of Kansas' most famous citizens.

The City Council scheduled a discussion Tuesday of renaming the facility as the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

KWCH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/OUBnUr ) the proposal follows a petition drive.

Eisenhower was 2 years old when his family moved in 1892 from Texas to Abilene, Kan. He grew up to command Allied forces in Europe in World War II and to serve two terms as president of the United States.

Wichita City Council member James Clendenin says naming the airport for Eisenhower would help market the city and connect it with a Kansas hero.

But fellow Council member Jeff Blubaugh says there are people with direct Wichita ties who also deserve the honor.

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Information from: KWCH-TV, http://www.kwch.com/