Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio's political representatives stepped up the heat on the federal government Friday, urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its denial of disaster relief to three northwest Ohio counties.

Although he was given 30 days to appeal FEMA's decision, Mr. Strickland said he would do so immediately and took issue with the agency's contention that tornado damage inflicted on northwest Ohio could be paid for by local governments, volunteer agencies, and the state.

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