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The U.S. Education Department announced Tuesday that it was sending about $1.3 billion to five states as some of the initial distributions from the State Stabilization Fund, which is designed to help governments backfill cuts they've made to their elementary, secondary and higher education systems. The states and the amounts they are to receive are Maine ($130 million), Minnesota ($547 million), Mississippi ($321 million), Oregon ($382 million) and Utah ($321 million).