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Bevin declares state of emergency

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 Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a state of emergency for Kentucky. 

The governor issued a statement on social media about the need to provide officials access to resources for public safety and assistance. 

"My primary concern is safety," he wrote. "By declaring a state emergency we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs. I thank all of the officials working hard to keep people safe and commerce flowing. We urge all citizens to remain at home and stay off of the roads allowing emergency services the opportunity to keep the roadways safe."