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Kerry tells mayors he'd boost terror aid

Senator John F. Kerry, promising a rush of government action to assist cities and towns, told a gathering of black mayors yesterday that he would tackle a growing concern — homeland security — by toughening safeguards for chemical plants and directing the FBI to work more closely with local police.The Kerry campaign also announced yesterday that it had hit its $80 million summer fund-raising target three months early, a sign of the party unity around Kerry’s bid to defeat President Bush. Campaign officials raised the goal to $100 million by the Democratic convention in late July. In a 45-minute speech, the presumed Democratic nominee for president highlighted his major spending and tax plans, including $25 billion for municipal needs in education, roads, health care, and other areas. By addressing security issues, too, he sought to sully President Bush in the eyes of mayors, who have struggled with new mandates and fears about security without as much federal money as they would like.Full Story

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