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Gov. Jay Nixon points at floodwaters last month from a Missouri National Guard helicopter as he flies over floodwaters near the Birds Point levee over Mississippi County. Inset below, Nixon talks with President Barack Obama as they tour the devastation in Joplin.

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Missouri Gov. Nixon ubiquitous as disaster commander

Almost two decades after the devastating floods of 1993, as Missouri has again been smashed by historic floods and tornadoes, Gov. Jay Nixon has been a ubiquitous commander of disasters. He's been on the ground quickly to survey damage and assure residents of forthcoming aid.

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