Miss. lawmakers to consider tornado recovery funds

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news article from the AP Wire

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers are returning to Jackson for a special session to consider $20 million in state funding for tornado recovery.

Twenty-three tornadoes swept through the state last week, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage in Louisville, Tupelo and other places.

The special session begins at 1 p.m. Thursday and is expected to be short.

Gov. Phil Bryant says officials are continuing to evaluate damages. An initial estimate shows the state's costs are at least $13.5 million, but that figure could increase.

Bryant is asking lawmakers to set aside $20 million for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. He says the agency is still working on recovery from 13 previous disasters.

The Legislature's regular three-month session ended in early April.