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No Plan for Missouri Schools to Receive Federal Terror Prevention Money

September 9, 2004
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's director of homeland security says he cannot guarantee state schools will receive federal terror prevention money. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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In the wake of a terrorist takeover of a Russian school that left hundreds dead, Missouri Homeland Security Director Tim Daniel says there is no plan to allot federal anti-terrorism funding to protect Missouri schools.

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"I want to spend some money, but until we've got a way that has been accepted by all the parties involved as being the best use of this money...I'm going to have to take the wait and see attitude."

Daniel says right now his top priority for federal terror prevention funds is making police and fire communication systems better integrated.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri's director of homeland security says there is no plan for Missouri schools to recieve federal terror prevention money.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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Despite a terrorist takeover of a Russian school that left hundreds dead, Missouri Homeland Security Director Tim Daniel says he cannot guarantee state schools will recieve federal funds to prevent terror.

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"Yes it is a local issue...more than a state or federal issue...but that does not mean that at the state and federal levels we shouldn't be concerned about it and working with them to find solutions."

Daniel says he is working with the Missouri School Boards Association and Missouri Safe Schools to connect school districts with their local fire and police departments.

Daniel says right now his top priority for federal terror prevention funds is to make police and fire communications systems better integrated.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri's director of homeland security says he cannot guarantee state schools will receive federal terror prevention money. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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Missouri Homeland Security Director Tim Daniel says there is no plan to protect Missouri schools with federal anti-terrorism funding.

Russ Thompson of the Missouri Center for Safe Schools says federal anti-terrorism funding is not the only way to keep schools safe.

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"Schools need money to do things we want done. So the more money that's available to schools, the safer they can be. But there's a lot of things schools can do without money to make themselves safer."

The U.S. Department of Education gave three grants to Missouri for school security last year.

Daniel says right now his top priority for federal terror prevention funds is to make police and fire communications systems better integrated.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.