- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is getting $7.4 million in homeland security grant funding for fiscal year 2014.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says that’s a 15 percent increase in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compared with the previous fiscal year.

Officials say the grants aim to strengthen Virginia’s ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

McAuliffe says both the Hampton Roads and National Capital regions also will receive increased funding as part of the Urban Areas Security Initiative. The grants are for law enforcement and terrorism prevention and typically include planning, training and exercises, as well as equipment upgrades.

The Hampton Roads region will receive $1 million in renewed funding and the National Capital region will receive $53 million in funding.

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