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State sets record for tornadoes in 2011
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NASHVILLE (AP) — A record number of tornadoes hit Tennessee in 2011.The National Weather Service said there were 113 confirmed tornadoes last year in the state, resulting in 33 fatalities.Forecaster Bobby Boyd said that was the largest number of tornadoes since record keeping on them began in 1916.The number far eclipsed the previous record year of 1974, when 57 tornadoes struck in the state, all but two of them during a super outbreak on April 3-4. There were 47 fatalities that year.The deadliest year in Tennessee was 1952, when 22 tornadoes struck, mostly in West Tennessee, killing 70 people.• • • • •NASHVILLE (AP) — The head of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking lawmakers for money to buy drugs.TBI director Mark Gwyn told the House Finance Committee on Monday that his agency has done without its “confidential fund” since it was cut from the budget in 2009. The TBI uses the money to set up sting operations on drug dealers.Gwyn told the panel the lack of funding means the TBI can’t act on tips or requests for assistance from local law enforcement agencies.“There's no doubt that has affected public safety in this state,” he said.