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Morning Cup: Dams and Yankees

benderbending/Flickr; Krista Kjellman/ProPublicaThis is the latest roundup from our stimulus blog.

The Agriculture Department will spend $45 million in stimulus money to strengthen rural dams, including six in Georgia and seven in Oklahoma. Here's the list. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is in Hartford, Conn., this morning for a hearing on how the stimulus is playing out in the states. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden will be on the phone with governors and mayors for two conference calls about the stimulus.

Technology giants are soliciting government clients to apply for stimulus funds, reports the Wall Street Journal. Local educators are pleading with the Obama administration to speed stimulus funding to avoid layoffs and cutbacks. Said Norm Ridder, the superintendent in Springfield, Mo., "My optimism has been replaced by confusion since we have yet to see any of the dollars promised for saving teachers' jobs and modernizing our school buildings."

Project of the day: A new eight-story building for low-income elderly residents in Harlem.

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