WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced plans on Wednesday to extend more capital injections into banks with less than $500 million in assets.

At a speech before the Independent Community Bankers of America, Geithner said Treasury would re-open the application process for six months for those banks to apply for assistance under the capital purchase program. Banks would be eligible to receive capital equivalent to between 3% to 5% of risk-weighted assets. Current participants of that size also will be allowed to reapply and have an expedited approval process.

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