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  • Thursday, August 19, 2010
  • Contact: Office of Justice Programs
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Weekly News Brief

Kansas Highway Patrol Graduation Highlights Impact of Recovery Act—In remarks today in Topeka, Kan., Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, noted that some of the $4.7 million the Kansas Highway Patrol received through the Recovery Act was being used to hire 20 new recruits. In addition, Kansas is one of seven states participating in the Rural Law Enforcement Meth Initiative, also funded by the Recovery Act. The Initiative uses Domestic Highway Enforcement Teams to combat drug trafficking. A blog about a successful team effort is on the Department of Justice’s Web site.

Blogs Discuss DOJ’s efforts on Underage Drinking and Drug Endangered Children—Two recent blogs on the Department of Justice’s Web site outline DOJ’s grants to address Underage Drinking and a new Task Force on Drug Endangered Children. The Department also announced more than $20 million in grants to enforce state and local underage drinking laws nationwide. The grant awards, made through the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program, support law enforcement, public education, and coalition building activities to address underage access to and consumption of alcohol.

New Podcasts Explain Responsibilities of State Administering Agencies—A two-part podcast from OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explains the role of State Administering Agencies. In Part 1, Jim Burch, BJA’s Acting Director, interviews Michael Kane, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), about PCCD’s responsibilities as a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program State Administering Agency. Part 2 of the podcast focuses on PCCD’s use of JAG funds to build the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) to enhance information sharing across all of Pennsylvania’s justice system.