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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs.

Speaking Monday in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match federal aid from the April 26 tornadoes. The National Weather Service has counted 23 tornadoes that touched down across the state that day.

State and local governments are each supposed to put up a one-eighth match to federal aid.

Bryant is lauding the performance of Winston County officials, who cleared more than 100 truckloads of debris from a parking lot where a mobile emergency hospital is being set up.

Mississippi Emergency Management Director Robert Latham says more than 1,400 people have already registered for federal disaster assistance.

 

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