Universities Get Homeland Security Grants

Several Kentucky universities will be getting homeland security grants for new research in protecting the country from disasters.

UK and UofL, among others, will share 17 million dollars for a variety of projects.

Homeland Security Undersecretary Jay Cohen and Congressman Hal Rogers announced the grants on Monday in Somerset.

UK's money will go toward researching fingerprint detection and finding a substance to protect buildings from terrorist attacks.

"We have a number of blast protection programs, materials that protect structures from blasts. We've come up with a way to render safe ammonium nitrate fuel oil mixture," said Sam Varnado with the National Institute For Hometown Security.

Such chemical mixtures were used in the Oklahoma City bombing.

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