BRIDGEPORT - Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that the federal government rejected the state's request for disaster aid a second time.

Local residents and businesses were banking on the money after a tornado ripped through the city and high winds ransacked neighboring towns.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency initially denied Rell's disaster aid request last month, saying the $4 million in damage is not beyond the state's means.

When Rell appealed that decision, FEMA refused to budge.

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