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BLUEFIELD (AP) — Bluefield officials plan to demolish 100 blighted houses during the next two years.

City manager Jim Ferguson says 50 structures will be torn down this year and 50 will be razed in 2014. Seven houses have been torn down so far this year.

Ferguson tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that if the city achieves its goal, the demolition list would be reduced to about a dozen structures.

He says the city is looking for grant money to speed up the demolitions.

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