EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLawmaker Wants Authorities To Review Communications Network Audit
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 25, 2013 10:41 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 25, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A West Virginia lawmaker wants federal, state and local prosecutors to review an audit of a statewide microwave communications network.
A legislative audit released Tuesday said a $38 million expansion of the network ignored state purchasing laws.
Delegate Larry Kump has asked legislative staff to forward the audit to prosecutors to determine whether a criminal investigation is warranted.
The audit said the funding for the network expansion was part of a $126 million stimulus grant to bring the latest broadband and telecommunication gear to the state. The plan includes building 12 towers and refurbishing five others to fill a gap in the microwave communication system for law enforcement and other first responders.
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