Big Tex Getting Remake After Fire

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    State Fair of Texas officials have the technology. They're making Big Tex stronger, smarter, less flammable, more expensive in the wake of the massive mannequin's spectacular, fiery finish to the 2012 fair.

    A wiring fault is blamed for a fire that burned Big Tex down to his metal skeleton going into the fair's closing weekend last month.

    Now, the fair icon will get a stronger steel frame, a fire suppression system and fire-retardant duds, fair President Errol McKoy said. And, yes, his mouth will still move; so will one of his hands.

    It'll all be costly, ranging from $250,000 to $600,000. But McKoy says it'll be worthwhile, telling The Dallas Morning News: "He didn't die. He's going through rehab."

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