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Money for Keene police body cams among local items in federal spending plans

Federal spending plans receiving final consideration in Congress include $62.4 million for New Hampshire projects, with several in Cheshire County, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said Thursday.

“The congressionally directed spending process provides a critical opportunity to ensure smaller states like New Hampshire get their fair share,” Shaheen said in a statement.

“I’m thrilled by the inclusion of these projects, which address a variety of needs in our community, from local infrastructure to economic development, research, assistance for law enforcement and more,” she said.

Shaheen’s office provided a list of projects, including $415,000 in proposed federal funding for the Keene Police Department for body-worn and in-car cameras and $750,000 to replace the communications network for the Cheshire County Sherriff’s Office Dispatch Center.

Also included was $325,000 for inspection and rehabilitation of Keene sewers, including areas that are at high risk of failure.

A total of $1 million is designated for Keene State College in partnership with the Monadnock United Way to support initiatives to increase the number of child-care workers, including training and professional development.

The spending plan needs to win final approval in Congress before going to the president’s desk.