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Funds for prison clear hurdle in Congress

THOMSON – Hopes in this village have been raised before with promises that officials would open a never-used prison. But a huge appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House this week has given new cause for optimism. It includes $90 million for prison buildings and facilities, money that could pay for the opening of new lockups. The bill heads to the Senate, where a vote might be taken today.

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