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StormClean-Up Keeps Lawmakers Away from Capitol

As many as ten state representatives are missing outon budget negotiations at the state capitol because they're helping cleanup storm damage in their districts. Missy Shelton reports from Jefferson City.

When the tornado tore through the town of Stockton, State Representative Ronnie Miller lost his home.

Most other representatives whose districts endured storm damage didn't have a personal loss. Despite that, they're still in their districts helping clean up.

James Viebrock's Southwest Missouri district includes the towns of Battlefield, Clever and Republic.

He says he's torn between a desire to be in his district to lend a hand and the need to be in Jefferson City to vote on the state's budget.

Viebrock says he's likely to spend the next day or two in the district, not in Jefferson City.

Viebrock says he's taken dozens of phone calls from people in his district seeking assistance. He says being in the district will enable him to be available to those who want to talk about their specific needs.

From the state capitol, I'm Missy Shelton for KSMU News.