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It’s been just over three weeks since tornadoes struck Kentucky and Southern Indiana, killing several dozen people and injuring hundreds of others. On Friday’s State of the News, we got an update on recovery efforts and the lingering repercussions of the storm. Our guests were Jerod Clapp from the News and Tribune, and Anne Marshall, who wrote the cover story on this week’s LEO Weekly, reporting the storm’s damaging—and unifying—effects on the communities it hit.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Southern Indiana

by Rick Howlett March 12, 2012

State and federal agencies will open a disaster recovery center in southern Indiana tomorrow morning to get aid to people affected by this month’s tornadoes and other storms. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the center will open at 8am tomorrow at the Ivy Tech campus off Interstate-65. It will remain open from 8am […]

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Federal Disaster Declared in Six Indiana Counties, Nine More Kentucky Counties

by Rick Howlett March 9, 2012

President Obama has declared a federal disaster in six Indiana counties following severe storms that tore through the region on March 2nd. Governor Mitch Daniels had requested federal aid for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties this week. The counties are now eligible for federal assistance, which can include grants for temporary housing […]

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FEMA Begins Taking Tornado Damage Claims In Ky. Disaster Areas

by Rick Howlett March 7, 2012

From Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in northern and eastern Kentucky, conducting damage assessments and helping tornado victims through the process of applying for federal assistance. President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for seven counties, and more areas could be added as assessments continue. “There’s no […]

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KSP Collecting Supplies for Storm Victims

by Rick Howlett March 5, 2012

From Alex Suckow, Kentucky Public Radio While the Red Cross and other relief agencies continue to fundraise on behalf of storm victims, Kentucky State Police are collecting supplies to aid in the cleanup and recovery across the Commonwealth. KSP spokesperson Lieutenant David Jude says all 16 KSP posts have been designated as drop off areas […]

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Storm Damage Widespread in Kenton County, Kentucky

by Rick Howlett March 5, 2012

From Mark Heyne, WVXU, Cincinnati The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in Northern Kentucky’s Kenton County, assessing the damage from Friday’s storms. “We have 88 homes that have been destroyed in Kenton County, completely destroyed. We have another 250 homes that are uninhabitable, and 138 homes that have been affected by the storm that are […]

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Indiana Toddler Dies; Cleanup From Tornado Devastation Continues

by Rick Howlett March 5, 2012

From the Associated Press When rescuers found 15-month-old Angel Babcock alive last week in an Indiana field after a deadly tornado killed her parents and two siblings, it appeared as a ray of hopeful news amid the tales of death and destruction. But the New Pekin, Ind., toddler died of her injuries Sunday, bringing to […]

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Cleanup, Relief Efforts Underway In Hard-Hit West Liberty

by Rick Howlett March 4, 2012

From Chuck Mraz, Kentucky Public Radio With the search for further victims officially over, the cleanup of tornado-ravaged downtown West Liberty is now fully underway. Drexel Patrick is the chief of the Route 519 volunteer fire department in Morgan County. Patrick and his group mobilized quickly after the storm hit. Patrick says the massive amounts […]

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Beshear Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration; Death Toll Now 21

by Rick Howlett March 4, 2012

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking the federal government for an expedited disaster declarion in the wake of the deadly storms that tore across the commonwealth Friday. Beshear’s office announced the disaster declaration request this afternoon: FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear is formally requesting an expedited major disaster declaration from President […]

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Kentucky Tornado Death Toll Climbs to 20; Daniels Declares Emergency in S. Indiana

by Rick Howlett March 4, 2012

State officials say 20 people are now confirmed dead from Friday’s tornado outbreak that tore through communities across Kentucky. More than 300 are injured. Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials toured the devastation Saturday. “The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything I have ever seen,” Beshear said. “I’ve […]

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