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Obama Signs Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration for parts of Kansas especially hard hit by winter storms over the holiday period.
The declaration signed Tuesday makes federal aid available to offset the costs to the state and local governments of emergency response and repairs.
Some private, nonprofit organizations will also qualify for the federal aid.
The declaration covers 45 counties around the state that were hit by severe winter storms from Dec. 22 to Jan. 8.
Among the counties included in the disaster declaration are Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Nemaha and Pottawatomie.

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