Fate of Reno air races may be announced Wednesday

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Updated: 1/04/2012 1:25 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno Air Racing Association is ready to shed some light on the future of the National Championship Air Races.

Association President Mike Houghton scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce whether they'll continue the event that came to an abrupt halt Sept. 16 with the crash that killed 11 people and injured more than 70 at Reno-Stead Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a hearing Jan. 10 to examine the safety of air shows and air races.

The Reno group's directors say in a letter on their web site they are "committed to preserving this unique and historic aviation event" that began 47 years ago. They have said if the races can't be staged, they hope to host an air show or memorial for the victims.

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