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Cities to Get More Anti-Terror Funds

May 27, 2004
by M.A.J. McKenna
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

More than $55 million in bioterrorism funds would be taken away from states and given to Atlanta and 20 other cities under a federal proposal that some health officials say will tear holes in the still fragile safety net against terrorism... "The last thing we should be doing is cutting into state preparedness programs at just the time when we are starting to get them up to speed," said Shelley Hearne, executive director of the nonprofit Trust for America's Health. "There are places that are at high risk, and we do need to fortify those areas. But the entire public health system still has very basic needs that have not been met."

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