Preservation groups, PAC working to save Astrodome

HOUSTON (AP) — A last-ditch effort has been organized to save the iconic but now shuttered and dilapidated Houston Astrodome.

Local and national preservation groups and a new political action committee are banding together. But they're doing so less than eight weeks before voters decide whether to approve authorizing up to $217 million in bonds to pay for a plan to turn the stadium into a giant convention center.

Houston-area leaders say the so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World" will more than likely be torn down if the Nov. 5 ballot measure fails.

The coalition of preservation groups has launched its educational campaign with a Facebook page called "Our Astrodome," the Twitter handle @OurAstrodome and the Twitter hash tag #SavetheDome.

It also plans on holding town hall meetings and other events.