Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency

Monday, July 23, 2012 | 5:04 p.m. CDT; updated 9:52 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

*An earlier version of this story mischaracterized Gov. Jay Nixon's action. The governor declared a state of emergency.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought.

The state of emergency declaration* Monday allows state agencies to help local officials respond to the drought and heat. Nixon said state health officials have confirmed 25 heat-related deaths, including 20 in the St. Louis area. Health officials report that there have been 829 heat-related trips to hospital emergency rooms.

Nixon said farmers also are facing significant losses to crop and livestock, and fire remains a risk. He said state officials are monitoring how the drought is affecting public water supplies.

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