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May 4, 2010 4:41 PM by Melissa Canone

17,500 National Guard Troops to Help States with Oil Spill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon has approved the federal
mobilization of up to 17,500 National Guard troops to help various
states with the oil spill.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has granted requests to send
troops of up to 6,000 by Louisiana, 3,000 by Alabama, 2,500 by
Florida and 6,000 by Mississippi.
The arrangement means that the federal government will pay for
the troops but that the states will control how they are used.
State governments could call up additional Guard troops on their
own.

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