Federal agency approves aid for storm-damaged Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal agency has approved Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) request for assistance for areas of southern Ohio battered by tornadoes and harsh storms.

A Kasich spokesman says the Small Business Administration on Tuesday approved a disaster declaration for Clermont County. Nearby Brown, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties also will have access to aid.

The agency's declaration allows low-interest loans for eligible homeowners, business owners and nonprofit organizations affected by the March 2 storms.

Kasich requested the SBA declaration after President Barack Obama denied the governor's request for federal disaster relief.

Four deaths in Ohio were linked to the severe storms, including one in the hard-hit Ohio River village of Moscow.