Homeland Security

Local emergency management officials have told members of Congress of their displeasure over the way homeland security dollars are being passed out.

Kevin Wilson, Durham's emergency management education coordinator, told three congressmen on Wednesday that their share of funds came too slowly, and that the money carried hidden costs. He said that defeats the purpose

Nearly 70 officials agreed with Wilson's assessment. They gathered for a meeting with Congressmen Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller and David Price. The officials wanted to know which counties received most of North Carolina's $7.7 million share of federal homeland security money in 2001-2002.

Meeting organizers say they will publish a list of where the money went. State Emergency Management Director Ken Taylor says this year, every county is guaranteed at least $10,000. He says efforts will be made to address areas at greater risk for terrorist attacks.

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