Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu

April 24, 2015 12:13 AM

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a peacetime state of emergency Thursday to fight a deadly form of bird flu that has already killed millions of birds in the country's top turkey-producing state.

Dayton signed an executive order directing the emergency management division to activate its response plan and support the efforts of the Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to cope with the epidemic. Dayton said the order was needed to establish clearer "command and c...

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