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CNN - U.S. to provide $1 billion to hire cops
The money comes from the stimulus bill -- the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009…

The Department of Justice received more than 7,200 applications for more than 39,000 officer positions, representing a total of $8.3 billion in requested funding.

The current round of grants will be awarded to 1,046 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, and will provide 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for 4,699 officers for three years. Police departments that receive the money must retain the grant-funded positions for a fourth year. [Read More]

Connecticut Post - Bridgeport to get 20 more cops from stimulus grant
The city has received more than $4.8 million in federal stimulus money to hire or retain 20 more police officers…

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, and Mayor Bill Finch, in a joint statement, said that the money is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

'The program gives local governments a much needed boost in their efforts to keep our communities safe and encourage development to turn our economy around and create jobs,' said Himes. [Read More]

KUSA-TV (Colorado) - 23 new police positions in Colo. thanks to stimulus package
The more than $5 million in grants to Colorado police departments was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Recovery Act money comes through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring program. Grand Junction will get five new officers, Commerce City four new officers and Englewood three new members of its police department. Other Colorado cities receiving additional personnel include Colorado Springs, Idaho Springs, Steamboat Springs, Vail and Black Hawk. A total of 23 officers will be hired as a result of the grants.

'This grant will provide much needed financial support to our communities and will help our local law enforcement agencies add and retain the manpower needed to fight crime more effectively,' said U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). [Read More]

Farmington Daily Times (New Mexico) - Stimulus funds to provide five new officers
The grant funds awarded to Farmington will pay the salary and benefits of five new officers over a three-year period and expenses that are anticipated to cost more than $1 million.

By accepting the funds, City Council agrees to retain the new officers for at least one year after the grant expires, which annually would cost the city more than $430,000.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján commended the program for retaining law enforcement resources in the state.

'At a time when many law enforcement agencies are struggling with budget cuts, these grants will provide assistance to hire and rehire police officers,' Luján said in a prepared statement. 'These funds mean keeping police officers on the streets to help keep communities throughout New Mexico safe, while providing an economic boost to our state.' [Read More]

Orlando Sentinel (Florida) - Lake cities win $1.3 million for cops
The three-year grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, can be used to add or rehire furloughed police officers needed to fight crime, according to the federal program's guidelines.

'It's welcome news,' said Eustis Police Chief Fred Cobb, whose department will receive $362,000, enough to pay salaries and benefits for two officers for three years.

In a news release today, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, praised the awards…

'The Recovery Act is all about jobs, jobs, jobs,' Grayson said. 'There are few better places to increase employment right now than in public safety. The brave men and women who were laid off or could not find a job will now be able to feed their families and keep their homes. New officers also mean safer streets for everyone.' [Read More]

Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida) - Stimulus money saves Volusia school jobs
Federal economic stimulus money saved the day --and more than 300 teachers' jobs -- when it came to the $992 million tentative budget the Volusia County School Board approved Tuesday.

The spending plan includes $36 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- $20 million in the general operating budget and the rest for expansion of federal programs serving disabled children and schools with large numbers of students from low-income families.

'The only thing that saved our budget was the ARRA funds,' Deputy Superintendent Robert Moll said Tuesday... [Read More]

Cleburne Times-Review (Texas) - Teachers to receive $800 pay raise
Texas public school teachers will receive a minimum pay raise of $800 thanks to a $2 billion allotment awarded by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This is great news for Texas teachers,” said U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, “These funds will not only give Texas public school teachers a much-deserved pay raise, it will save jobs, and help school districts budget for the upcoming school year.

Edwards said he and members of the Texas Democratic delegation worked closely with Duncan, who approved the $2 billion in stimulus funds for Texas. [Read More]

Charlottesville Daily Progress (Virginia) - Warner ties broadband access to rural development
Roughly $7.2 billion of the federal stimulus package will soon pay for projects across the country that expand high-speed Internet access, particularly in long underserved rural communities.

U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Ivy, said broadband has been a “lifeline” in parts of his district, which include some of the poorest and economically hardest hit parts of the state.

“Broadband is no longer a luxury,” he said. “You need it to be in the game.”

The stimulus package's money for broadband expansion will be awarded to applicants in a national merit-based competitive process. [Read More]

The Enterprise Newspapers (Washington) - Stimulus funds for job seekers
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County recently awarded six contracts worth a total of $450,000 to provide training to dislocated workers using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, Cascadia Community College in Bothell and a private training provider, Next Level Engineering Services (which has an office in Mill Creek), each received money to retrain a total of 98 dislocated workers… [Read More]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) - Stimulus funds research at Wisconsin universities
[University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of oncology and medical physics Michael Gould's] research had a precarious future - until Gould tapped into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This month, Gould won $639,000 over two years in stimulus funding, plus matching money from the National Cancer Institute.

Gould avoided laying people off in his lab and dealing with at least a nine-month delay.

'It really does make a difference for our research and the people we have employed,' he said.
Designed to jolt the nation's economy, the stimulus package has begun to fuel millions of dollars in research at Wisconsin universities, giving life to projects that otherwise would have been delayed or scrapped.

The process of funding has just begun, but so far projects totaling $35 million have been approved at Wisconsin universities. [Read More]

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