Legislature Approves Tornado Recovery Money

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Jackson, Miss.

The Mississippi Legislature has approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state.

The House and Senate agreed on the funding during a brief special legislative session Thursday.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant originally said he would ask lawmakers for up to $20 million.

Officials say $17 million will be enough to cover costs until January, when the Legislature begins is 2015 regular session.

As part of a deadly outbreak across the Midwest and South in April, twenty-three tornadoes struck Mississippi, killing 14 people and causing at least $13.5 million in damage. Recovery costs could increase as officials continue assessing losses.

The state will pay local governments' costs for debris removal. The state also will loan money to local governments for other expenses.