Homeland Security Signs Hype Indiana Fish Fries

The Homeland Security Department is telling Vermillion County, Ind., that fish fries aren't emergencies. The county had been advertising community events on $300,000 electronic signs that Homeland Security says are for terrorist attacks or natural disasters. For what it's worth, the marketing seems to have worked. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser and elementary school carnival reported larger-than-normal turnouts after ads appeared.

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. The Homeland Security Department is telling Vermillion County, Indiana that fish fries aren't emergencies. The county had been advertising community events on a super-expensive, $300,000 electronic sign that Homeland Security says are for terrorist attacks or natural disasters. For what it's worth, the marketing seems to have worked. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser and elementary school carnival reported larger-than-normal turnouts after the ads appeared. This is MORNING EDITION.

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