Jefferson City, MO – Missouri is considering taking some of Arizona's prisoners as part of a plan to relieve that state's prison crowding.
An aide to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano last week suggested Missouri as one of the states being considered for a potential prisoner transfer. But a spokesman for Missouri's Corrections Department says there are no immediate plans to take those prisoners.
Arizona has 30,700 prisoners, about 4,000 more than the prison system's capacity.
Washington, DC – Missouri will get $29 million to help pay some homeland security costs.
The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. It will help offset the cost of higher security during the war in Iraq, and to help prepare first responders like firefighters, police, and paramedics.