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Obama to announce Recovery Act awards Friday

July 2, 2010

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WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is announcing on Friday new Recovery Act awards aimed at creating jobs and driving economic growth.

He is to be joined by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack when he speaks at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

The president then will travel to West Virginia with Vice President Joe Biden for a memorial service for Sen. Robert Byrd, who died Monday. The president will speak at the service.

After the service, Obama will travel to the Camp David presidential retreat.