PR mountain towns to receive upgrades

Puerto Rico's governor says remote towns across the Caribbean island's central mountain range will receive $637 million worth of upgrades to water systems, schools, hospitals, farms and athletic fields.

Gov. Luis Fortuno says the money will boost social and economic development in communities across the Cordillera Central, a long spine of mountains that traverses Puerto Rico from east to west.

Fortuno's Sunday statement says the mountain towns are the heart of the U.S. territory but have historically been underfunded.

Fortuno will travel to 11 municipalities in the mountainous interior this week. His office says the first stop on Monday will be the western town of Las Marias.