RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ten counties have been added to the Appalachian Regional Commission, which fights poverty in the region that stretches through 13 states.
The expansion is part of legislation reauthorizing federal appropriations for the commission for the next five years. The White House announced Thursday that President Bush has signed the legislation, which provides funds ranging from $87 million this year to $110 million in 2012.
The new counties are Ashtabula, Mahoning and Trumbull in Ohio; Metcalfe, Nicholas and Robertson in Kentucky; Lawrence and Lewis in Tennessee; and Henry and Patrick in Virginia. They bring the number of ARC counties to 430 in a region from southern New York to northern Mississippi.