Homeland Security officials in Washington, D.C., have put state officials on notice that the terms of the competition for homeland security grants have changed. Federal officials will consider natural threats to communities, along with threats of terrorism. State Public Safety Director Mark James says that caused state officials to change its application for grant money. There will be less money available this year – $765-Million, compared with $829-Million last year. Missouri has already been losing ground. The state received $66-Million in federal homeland security grants in 2004. That dropped to $47-Million last year.
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