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Louisiana Governor declares state of emergency

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency in Madison Parish because of damages from a tornado that ripped through the parish. He says he will go to the parish Sunday to meet with Sheriff Larry Cox and other emergency officials and tour the damage.

TALLULAH, La. (AP) - A tornado slammed into a chemical plant and a shipyard at the Tallulah Port and destroyed 12 houses on Saturday, damaging many others. Madison Parish Sheriff's Maj. Neil Horath says a dozen people suffered broken bones, cuts or other injuries, and deputies had to clear fallen trees from several yards so people could get out of their houses. But he says nobody was seriously hurt.

     Complex Chemicals Co. owner Jerry Melton said he will rebuild his plant, and a police report that people were trapped inside was not correct. He also says a small leak of liquid nitrogen evaporated harmlessly. Northrop-Grumman Corp. spokesman Bill Glenn says the shipyard will be closed Monday to assess damage.

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