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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced approximately $56 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for airport security projects at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Orlando International Airport (MCO), and St. Louis International Airport (STL).

'These enhanced inline baggage screening systems and expanded surveillance capabilities will strengthen our ability to detect and disrupt threats of terrorism,' said Secretary Napolitano. 'By utilizing Recovery Act funds to enhance vital airport security technology projects, we will continue to streamline the passenger check-in process and enhance airport security, while boosting local economies.' [Department of Homeland Security, 7/7/10]

WHBF CBS-4 (Illinois) - Stimulus money means more Ill. homes weatherized

Community groups say federal stimulus money helped double the number of Illinois homes that were weatherized to help save energy and money.

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies says its members weatherized 17,000 homes in the past year. The savings for homeowners averages $437 a year.

The group estimates the work also supported 500 jobs. [7/7/10]

The Denver Post (Colorado) - State weatherization project clears hurdle

Colorado has used federal stimulus money to weatherize 3,379 low-income homes, qualifying the state to collect money needed to complete about 7,000 more, Gov. Bill Ritter said Wednesday.

'Our emphasis on weatherization has sustained and created jobs statewide, lowered utility bills for families in need, reduced pollution and increased our energy independence,' [said Gov. Ritter].

Money from the program created 150 new jobs in the state and sustained 250 jobs that existed before it launched, said Doug Karl, weatherization director for the governor's energy office. [7/8/10]

Salem News (Ohio) - Wilson tours Habitat project

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Charlie Wilson (OH-6)]

County, local officials and representatives of the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Columbiana County joined U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-6) in a visit to a new house being built at 509 Franklin Ave. on Tuesday afternoon.

The Habitat for Humanity house is directly benefiting from Wilson's legislative efforts which he said was 'an example of government working together collectively' with other groups.

Wilson said $1.72 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, specifically targeted into the Neighborhood Stabilization Program has reached Columbiana and Carroll counties. [7/7/10]

WPBN NBC-7&4 (Michigan) - Michigan to get $136 million for lowest achieving schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Michigan will receive nearly $136 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

These funds are part of the $3.5 billion that will be made available to states this spring from money set aside in the 2009 budget and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [7/7/10]

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