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Governor Wants Federal Help for 114 Counties

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the federal government for an emergency declaration for all of Missouri’s 114 counties to help with the costs of responding to the snowstorm.

Nixon’s office says the governor submitted the request to President Barack Obama on Wednesday as Missouri began digging out from the blizzard and severe winter storm.

The declaration would let the state and local governments seek reimbursement for some costs in protecting public health and safety during the period that began Monday with freezing rain.

Nixon says the record or near-record snowfall that hit much of Missouri has burdened local jurisdictions and the state with “tremendous” costs.

Copyright Associated Press

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