Arkansas Receives $8.3 Million in Homeland Security Money

JUNE 1, 2006 - Posted at 7:24 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas is getting $8.3 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to improve the state's ability to respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters.

The funds are part of $1.7 billion the department is awarding to state and local governments.  The funds can be used for purposes including equipment, training and administration costs.

Each state and U.S. territory receives some funding.

Another section of the grant program targets funds to cities based on terror risk, population, and an assessment of how well the governments will use the funds.  No Arkansas cities were on the list, though Memphis, Tennessee received $4.2 million.  Last year Memphis received nothing.

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