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    HIGHFILL, Ark. (AP) - US Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Steve Womack have announced a $3.4 million grant to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport from the US Department of Transportation.

    Pryor - a Democrat - and Boozman and Womack - both Republicans - announced the grant on Tuesday.

    Officials say the grant will be used to widen a taxi lane for larger aircraft, expand the terminal building, purchase a power sweeper to keep the airfield clear and to update the airport's master plan and identify future development needs.

    The airport in Highfill is about 15 miles northwest of Fayetteville.

    Six airports in central and eastern Arkansas will split $1.4 million in U.S. Transportation Department grants to make improvements:

    -The Frank Federer Memorial Airport in Brinkley will receive $388,124 to fix its apron, which is at the end of its useful life;

    -The Saline County Regional Airport in Benton will receive $350,000 to seal the runway and general aviation apron;

    -The Heber Springs Municipal Airport will use $265,937 to update its runway lighting system and to install a new guidance system;

    -The Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport will receive $212,130 to fix pavement on a taxiway connector;

    -At Helena-West Helena, the Thompson-Robbins Airport will receive $180,000 to rehabilitate the current taxiway lighting system; and

    -The Stuttgart Municipal Airport will use $92,232 to fix its apron and improve drainage.

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