Texas Governor, Businesses Protest Lab Decision

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Gov. Rick Perry yesterday joined business leaders to protest a decision picking Kansas for a new $450 million
federal disease lab.

The Department of Homeland Security chose Kansas State University in Manhattan over a site in San Antonio.

The decision is expected to become official next week -- after a comment period.

The new lab will study livestock diseases and some of the world's most dangerous biological threats.

Perry and the Texas Bio and Agro-Defense Consortium noted that
the site selection process started in January 2006. But they're upset because DHS gave no indication until February 2008 that financial incentives -- by state and local governments -- could affect the site selection.

The Texas Legislature meets every two years and wasn't in session last year.

Other contenders included Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina.


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