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Charlotte releases details on spending for Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte police will use federal money
to upgrade their command center, lease motorcycles and find lodging
for out-of-town officers as the city prepares for the 2012
Democratic National Convention.

Under pressure, North Carolina’s largest city on Friday released
three pages of details about how it spent some of the $50 million
in federal money it received for the convention to be held in
September.

Charlotte had refused to reveal details about what it’s buying
with the federal money, including bid documents and purchase
invoices. The Associated Press had filed a request to review the
information.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department will spend $1.7
million to upgrade space in its command center, and expand its
motorcycle patrol. It also will house officers from outside
departments who will help with security.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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