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Anti-terror funding questioned

The Department of Homeland Security, pressured for months to send money for training and equipment to those responsible for responding to a terrorist attack, is doling out billions to communities across the country. But now that the money is flowing fast, some officials in remote communities say they’re not sure what to do with the windfall. ”We’re not as worried about bin Laden coming in here after us as they are in New York,” says Matt Snorton, emergency services director for Christian County, Ky., which just got word it’s getting $36,800 in federal homeland security money. Nobody’s sending the money back, of course. But in some towns, local leaders say they’re having a hard time figuring out how to spend it. Others got more than they applied for, and some complain that the list of government-approved equipment they can spend it on — such as gear to handle weapons of mass destruction — doesn’t include items they need. Full Story

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