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Missouri Shores up Security with Grant

By Kevin Lavery,KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri's homeland security director says the state will use a new federal grant to enhance security around key infrastructure sites.

Michael Chapman says the state will spend $2.5 million to protect communities near facilities such as power plants and sports stadiums. He says some funds will pay for communications and detection equipment.

"The kind of equipment that one would use, for example, to detect biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear material," Chapman said. "It will also pay for physical security enhancements such as barriers such as jersey walls, alarm systems, and things along those lines."

Chapman says the funding will help fortify communities surrounding critical sites, making them less attractive targets for a potential terrorist.


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