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Governor Request Federal Money

March 14, 2006
By: Kathryn Buschman
State Capital Bureau

Governor Blunt is asking for money from the federal government to help ease the devastation caused by this weekends severe weather. Kathryn Buschman tells more about the governor's request.

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Governor Blunt spoke with President Bush Tuesday asking for expedited federal financial assistance to help deal with damages caused by tornadoes over the weekend. Governor spokesman Spence Jackson says the governor's request will cut down on the time it normally takes to get federal relief funds.

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Contents: "We hope that it will be expedited and that he will respond favorably to it so that we can get some financial assistance because this has been a truly devastating storm for our state and its beyond the capabilities of state and federal (local) governments."

Jackson says the amount of damage incurred over the weekend has yet to be determined.

From Jefferson City, I'm Kathryn Buschman.

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Governor Blunt requested federal assistance from the president Tuesday to help deal with the damages from the weekend's severe weather. Kathryn Buschman has more from the state Capitol on how the money would be spent.

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Gov. Blunt asked President Bush for expedited financial funds

for both individual and public assistance as a result of the weekend's tornadoes.

Federal money would grant low-interest loans to families and help county governments repair storm damaged roads and other public facilities.

Governor spokesperson Spence Jackson says the amount of damage will be difficult for the state to handle without federal assistance.

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Contents: "The overtime cost and things that local governments, local sheriffs, local police stations, first responders, the money that their incurring in overtime on trying getting people the help that they need is also going to be significant drain on state and local resources."

Jackson says there is not firm time table of when the governor would know if his request has been fulfilled.

From the state Capitol, I am Kathryn Buschman