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Feud Could Threaten Law Center Funding

By Associated Press

Hoover, AL – A political feud in Washington appears to threaten federal funding for a new law enforcement training center in Hoover.

A congressional panel is protesting the government's plan to pay for it with money that had been designated for state and local grants.

The nine (m) million dollars a year from the Department of Homeland Security was promised in March, when top federal officials traveled to Alabama to announce the new National Computer Forensics Institute.

The city of Hoover is donating space for the institute in its public safety center for six years.

The state of Alabama is contributing three (M) million dollars to build classrooms and the Shelby County Commission is picking up $250,000 in architectural costs.

The center would be located in the district of Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills, who contends the funding is ''on track.''

He says he expects the White House budget office would issue an opinion supporting it.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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