LA getting nearly a million dollars in rural health care grants

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Six states in the Mississippi River Delta region are getting more than $6 million in rural health care grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with more than half of it going to Mississippi.

Just under $3 million in rural development grants will pay for the first urgent care center in Mound Bayou, Miss., and almost $700,000 will create an electronic intensive care unit system between five hospitals in Mississippi's poorest rural counties, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday.

Three Louisiana projects are getting nearly $700,000 and two in Mississippi a total of almost $550,000. The other states have one project each, getting $385,000 in Alabama, $520,000 in Illinois and $233,000 in Kentucky.

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