LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials say they've got pledges of help from the FBI and "Casino" movie author Nicholas Pileggi toward a planned "mob museum" at a historic downtown Las Vegas post office.
The announcement came while the Las Vegas Centennial Commission allocated another $800,000 toward renovations and seismic retrofitting of the building next to City Hall.
Mayor Oscar Goodman has championed the project for years. He says the writer of the book, "Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas," and the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's 1995 film wants to be part of the museum project.
The former head of the Las Vegas FBI office also is now heading the nonprofit organization working with the city to open the museum.
Ellen Knowlton says officials think the museum might draw more than 800,000 visitors a year when it opens in a couple of years.
Officials say work could cost $30 million when it's done.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com
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