Arkansas gets $250 million in defense bill

(June 25, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- The U-S Senate has allotted almost 250 million dollars to Arkansas defense projects in its Department of Defense Authorization Bill. The Senate's version of the bill calls for 422-point-two billion dollars to be spent on defense. In Arkansas, the money is expected to bring equipment and construction facilities to the state and maintain current programs. Among projects in Arkansas that would get money, the Arkansas National Guard would receive 64-point-one million dollars for facilities and equipment. Highland Park of Camden would get the biggest allocation - 163-point-three million dollars for missiles. The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University would get millions each for research related to defense technology.