The Clarion-Ledger, 6/20/7

A $5 million federal grant to plan, design and create centers for excellence in advanced manufacturing has been approved, Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott, and Gov. Haley Barbour announced today.

The U.S. Department of Labor would create centers for work=force development and job training specializing in metal-related and construction crafts covering 18 southeastern Mississippi counties hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.

The goal is to help Mississippi workers attain more advanced skills to ease the job shortage in metal and construction trades.