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The state of Illinois is steadfast in its insistence that local governments devastated by deadly tornadoes in November should be eligible for federal assistance. They're appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of aid.
State officials argue that FEMA's population-based formula penalizes small towns in large states.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency filed the appeal on Thursday.
At least seven people were killed statewide and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed in the storms.
Four projects by the crew that broke a natural gas line, causing an explosion that destroyed a Soulard business Wednesday, are on now hold. That after city officials learned the South Dakota-based Four Winds company was operating without a city business license.
Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's office, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the company had been hired by subcontractor MasTec, to install fiber optic cable for AT&T when the accident happened.
The gas rupture forced the evacuation of 14 people from the Stars Design Group just before explosions rocked the block.
Crane says the city also hadn't been given the required 24-hours notice that work on the project was beginning. So Four Winds other projects for AT&T were halted Thursday.