- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Construction has halted on a tribute to nine German prisoners of war killed 70 years ago in a central Utah town.

The German government says it can no longer help pay for the project honoring the soldiers who were shot dead in Salina in 1945.

Author Mike Rose, the leader of the push to build the memorial, tells the Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1iSZmRp) he received an email from the German consulate in Los Angeles in May saying it would not help pay for the project.

Stefan Biedermann, the deputy consul general in Los Angeles, says he requested the money, but the German government determined its laws prevented financing such a memorial.

Rose says he needs $5,100 to finish construction.

The town has already spent about $3,000 on the statue.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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