US Disregarded Experts Over Biolab

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Homeland Security Department swept aside
evaluations of government experts and named Mississippi as a top
possible location for a new 451 million dollar, national

That's according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Manhattan, Kansas, is also in the running to house the National
Bio and Agro-Defense Facility lab, where scientists will study some
of the world's most virulent biological threats.

The states where locations were eliminated despite earning
scores higher than Mississippi include Missouri, California,
Georgia, Maryland, Texas and Wisconsin.

But some said they were unaware of the Homeland Security
evaluation system that scored the Mississippi site so low and that
the selection decisions were based on other factors.

For example, Columbia, Mo., scored higher than Flora,
Mississippi, but homeland security rejected it over ``growing
negative community feedback.''

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