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Associated Press - Wisconsin gets 2nd part of high-speed rail money

The state of Wisconsin has received another portion of the $810 million in federal stimulus money that will go toward building a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee.

Gov. Jim Doyle and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the $46.5 million in funding on Thursday in Watertown. The state previously received a $5.7 million payment.

The governor says more than 5,500 people will be put to work building the rail line and constructing new stations along the route, including one in Watertown. [7/29/10]

Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Pennsylvania) - Many seek help to avoid eviction

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Jason Altmire (PA-4), Mark Critz (PA-12), R-Bill Shuster (PA-9): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and R-Tim Murphy (PA-18): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Eight months ago, when Westmoreland County officials heralded a nearly $2.2 million federal initiative to rescue residents on the brink of eviction, they did not know what to expect.

By the end of May, the program had served 975 people in 413 struggling households, paying overdue rent, covering security deposits, picking up utility bills and holding workshops on budgeting, bank accounts and jobs.

The initiative, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, is ahead of schedule on spending…

Most of the funding came through a $1.8 million federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus bill. Additional funding of nearly $390,000 in federal money came through the state. [7/29/10]

The Fresno Bee (California) - $14.6m contract starts work on canal connection

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Jim Costa (CA-20)]

The Interior Department on Thursday awarded a $14.6 million contract to begin building a connection between California's two most important canals, allowing more water to be pumped for San Joaquin Valley farms.

It would increase federal farm water supply by an average of 20,000 acre-feet a year, officials say.

'Water is the linchpin of our local economy, from employment in rural farming communities to jobs in urban areas,' said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, who pushed for the funding.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [7/29/10]

Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) - State will distribute $5.5M to needy

The state announced Thursday it will distribute $5.5 million to help low-income families cover the cost of back-to-school expenses.

“Regardless of the economy we're in, Kansas children deserve a quality education,” said Gov. Mark Parkinson. “This assistance will help provide the tools kids need to succeed in the classroom and a boost to the families that are working so hard just to make ends meet.”

An estimated 11,000 families will receive a $500 one-time payment this week.

The funding is authorized by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and provided through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. [7/30/10]

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