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Rogers Secures $60,000 for JSU training; $50,000 for Natural History Museum

23 November 2004 Jacksonville State University should receive $60,000 to develop a training system for its advanced weather radar system and the Anniston Museum of Natural History should receive $50,000 to help improve its community outreach activities, Congressman Mike Rogers said today, as the House passed the Omnibus appropriations bill that helps complete its legislative activity for the 108th Congress. The funds, which appear in H.R. 4818, the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005, passed the House today by a vote of 344-51.

"These funds should benefit all the citizens of Calhoun County," Rogers said. "I am proud to have secured these funds in this legislation, and thank Senators Shelby and Sessions for their ongoing support of these initiatives."

Rogers said Jacksonville State University will use the funds to enable more emergency managers and meteorologists to train on cutting edge NASA technology developed in Alabama. The Anniston Museum of Natural History, Rogers said, plans to use its earmark to help develop a new community outreach and identification effort.

Rogers said the bill funds major portions of the federal government and must also be passed by the Senate before being sent to the White House for approval. Rogers also said the funding levels announced today could change slightly depending on the final budget guidelines contained in the legislation.

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