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Pa. to get $110 million for security

As new threats surfaced, local officials – along with Homeland Secretary Ridge – tried to soothe citizen fears. As Americans steel themselves for a new round of terrorism threats, Gov. Rendell is to announce today that the state will get $110 million in federal homeland-security money for emergency preparedness. The bulk will flow to the state’s nine regional counterterrorism task forces, but a portion of the funds controlled by Rendell also will go to local agencies, such as regional ports and cash-strapped SEPTA. The announcement comes as Attorney General John Ashcroft warns of “credible intelligence” pointing to a possible al-Qaeda attack in the United States. State and local emergency-management officials say that the region is already on high alert, and that the latest threats will only serve to exacerbate the public’s fears. “Our concern is that it adds to an overall level of fear,” said Jim Jordan, SEPTA’s security chief. Full Story

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