Mississippi lawmakers to convene on tornado costs

  • Associated Press
  • May 6, 2014 - 5:15 PM

JACKSON, Miss. — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government's share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes.

The governor says lawmakers starting Thursday will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Initial estimates of state costs exceed $13.5 million but damage assessments continue, according to Bryant's office.

The National Weather Service has counted 23 tornadoes that touched down across the Mississippi.

A total of 14 people were killed in the state, many of them in Winston County.

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

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