Funding to improve rural electricity in Okla, Ark.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced grants and loans intended to improve the reliability of electricity in rural areas of Oklahoma, Arkansas and 14 other states.

The projects announced Wednesday include nearly $6.9 million for Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative Inc. in Arkansas to build 83 miles of distribution lines and make system improvements.

Another project includes an $82.4 million loan to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Inc. in Anadarko to build and improve 78 miles of transmission line, two substations and other system improvements.

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