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President offers more Katrina aid to Alabama

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush on Thursday made additional money available to Alabama by authorizing an increase in federal funding for public assistance projects to repair damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The president's order on Thursday increases the percentage of costs — including debris removal and emergency protective measures in wake of the storm — that is eligible for federal assistance, according to a statement issued by the White House.

Under the major disaster declaration issued for the state on August 29, 2005, federal money was made available to state and local governments in multiple counties.

For up to 72 hours, federal funding was available for 100 percent of total eligible costs for emergency protective measures. That excluded debris removal.

On September 1, 2005, the president extended the period for 100 percent federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures for 60 days retroactive to the date of the major disaster declaration.

Thursday's order increased the federal share for public assistance projects, including direct federal assistance, to 90 percent of total eligible costs, according to the statement.

That excludes the assistance that was already approved for 100 percent federal funding.

The increase is retroactive to August 29, 2005, the date of the president's major disaster declaration for the state.

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