11/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As TARP Ends, Small Banks Still Struggling To Repay

Reuters) - The U.S. government's $700 billion bailout of the financial system has become a form of long-standing aid for many of the nation's small and regional banks, even as the program officially expires on Sunday.

The banks are eager to repay the taxpayer money, but the meek economic recovery has gotten in the way.

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