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$7 million repair cost to vacant Iowa State Penitentiary

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State officials say repairs at the vacant Iowa State Penitentiary are expected to cost an additional $7 million.

In a memo to state lawmakers last week, the Iowa Department of Corrections says the cost to fix a faulty heating and cooling system is at least $6.7 million.

The Des Moines Register reports prison officials say an additional $350,000 is needed for a defective smoke control system.

State lawmakers in 2010 approved $131 million to build the prison. Documents prepared by aides for Gov. Terry Branstad last summer, however, show the cost had risen to $165.5 million.

The prison in Fort Madison was scheduled to open last March to house inmates at the old Iowa State Penitentiary, located a mile away. But construction issues have delayed the prison's opening.

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