City Council seeking federal grants to cover extra patrols at Pittsburgh Marathon

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PITTSBURGH - Extra security measures at last month’s Pittsburgh Marathon came with a hefty price tag, and the City Council hopes Homeland Security will foot the bill.

More than 500 police and security officers watched over the crowd. The City Council members are asking for $100,000 in federal grants to pay for the extra patrols.

Security was heightened in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

A decision could come as early as next week. If approved, the money would be available by the end of the month.