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State kicking in more money for CAFB firing range

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The state is kicking in another $110,165 to help Lowndes County and the city of Columbus pay for a firing range for Columbus Air Force Base.

In July, Lowndes County supervisors accepted a bid from Edge Construction of $464,318 to build the range, which is designed to support Air Force training missions.

They did not, however, officially award the contract until receiving word from the Mississippi Development Authority that more state money would be allocated.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1pI0V7g) the costs rose when the Air Force Base requested an extension of the range's length from 25 to 100 meters.

The increase meant the city and county would have to each pay $322,709 instead of $156,000.

The Mississippi Development Authority approved the extra funds.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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