Physicists are finally getting their stimulus due, too. Energy Secretary Steven Chu sent some stimulus money home Monday, to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where Chu worked until being appointed to his political job. The research center will receive $116 million, mostly to hasten progress on its "Advanced Light Source," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Jefferson Lab, in Newport News, Va., is getting $75 million. And on Long Island, Brookhaven National Laboratory drew $184 million.
Meanwhile, the state-by-state fights over stimulus money continue. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) scolded her political rival Gov. Rick Perry yesterday for turning down a portion of the state's stimulus share. In Arizona, a different kind of battle is shaping up: the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency, ruled that Arizona wouldn't be eligible for $1.6 billion in Medicaid funding because the state's requirements for qualifying for the program are too strict. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services yesterday asking for the decision for be reversed.