Feb 13 2003

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES ALABAMA FUNDS

WASHINGTON, DC --- U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for Alabama projects included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2003. Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that funding for these important projects and programs has been approved."

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, BIRMINGHAM - INTERDISCIPLINARY BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER - $10 MILLION

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will enable the University of Alabama at Birmingham to construct an interdisciplinary research facility to house several science and clinical departments. It is vitally important that the University have the facilities and the resources to maintain its high standards in education and research. The University of Alabama has achieved great success and a well-deserved reputation for excellence. I hope to continue the recent Senate tradition of providing the University with the tools it needs to maintain its competitive edge.”

COOPER GREEN HOSPITAL, WOMEN’S CANCER SCREENING AND PREVENTION - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow the Cooper Green Hospital to provide for a program to screen and detect cervical cancers among low income women.”

BAPTIST HEALTH SYSTEMS, BAPTIST SHELBY OBSTETRICAL SERVICES PROJECT - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow Baptist Health Systems to expand their obstetrical services at the hospital, so they may provide much-needed assistance to mothers and children throughout the community.”

AUDITORY-VERBAL MENTORING PROGRAM - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “This funding will establish a program to assist newborn babies with communication deficienceies as they learn to hear, listen and speak.”

CARNEGIE LIBRARY RESTORATION - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill provides $250,000 for the restoration of the Carnegie Library. The library is a crucial source of education and knowledge in the Union Springs area.”

SCIENCE EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will aid the University of Alabama in their efforts to upgrade their science education and technology facilities in order to support greater scientific education of its students. The funding will be used to upgrade their current science lecture halls to incorporate state-of-the-art, multimedia rooms, instant response devices, and distance learning technology to provide instruction to K - 12 classes. In addition, the University plans to upgrade their science laboratories to allow for true, discovery-based instruction by installing new equipment and upgraded instrumentation and computing facilities.”

ALABAMA BIRTH DEFECTS MONITORING AND PREVENTION - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will assist in the prevention and care of birth defects. This important work will take place throughout Alabama’s Black Belt region.”

ORAL HEALTH INITIATIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM - $300,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased we have approved funding for this program to promote oral health in rural Alabama.”

ADVANCED ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROJECT - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “This funding will assist in efforts to educate the workforce for the 21st century high tech economy.”

SOUTH ALABAMA TELEMEDICINE PROJECT - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow us to enhance communication between rural emergency departments and the University of South Alabama’s Medical Center Level One Trauma Unit.”

DIABETIC LOWER EXTREMITY AMPUTATION PREVENTION PROGRAM - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce these funds for this important program. Through preventitive care and education, it is my hope we will be able to prevent lower extremity amputations caused by diabetes.”

VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY FOR THE ARMED FORCES EXPANSION - $750,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will enable the university to provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to our military personnel around the world and at sea.”

RURAL DIABETES GLAUCOMA INITIATIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to assist a rural outreach program to improve prevention of diabetic glaucoma in rural areas.”

AMERICAN VILLAGE CIVIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will assist in the operations of the national civic education initiative, ‘Securing the Blessings of Liberty’ of the American Village civic education center. The program helps young people make powerful connections to American history, civics and government.”

CULVERHOUSE CENTER FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill provides funding for applied research in the automotive and manufacturing industries, and transportation.”

CULTURAL PROGRAMS OUTREACH TO BIRMINGHAM INNER CITY YOUTH - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow ‘at-risk’ inner city youth to be involved in extracurricular activities that provide musical education and cultural exposure.”