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Labor Dept. Awards Aid to Tornado Victims (Jun 01, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A National Emergency Grant has been awarded to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to create temporary jobs for cleanup and other efforts to recover from a deadly tornado that hit in the southern part of the state last month.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the $471,150 grant is aimed at the May 6 storm in Atoka County, which killed two people. Labor Department officials say National Emergency Grants are part of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines.

May was a deadly month in terms of tornadoes for Oklahoma. An outbreak last week killed 10 people in central Oklahoma.

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