Tennessee-Kentucky bid not among five finalists for national germ lab

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bid by Tennessee and Kentucky universities that would have put a national laboratory to study agricultural germs in south-central Kentucky didn't make the cut.

Congressmen says Texas and four other states are finalists for the $450 million lab, which will study ailments like anthrax, avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease.

The local bid included the University of Tennessee, the University of Kentucky and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It had proposed building the lab near Somerset, Kentucky.

The finalists were chosen by a team from the Homeland Security Department, the Agriculture Department and Health and Human Services.

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