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White House Says Obama Will Visit Town Wrecked by Mudslide

Image: Rescuers watch carefully as an excavator combs through the large debris pile left by a mudslide in Oso.
Rescuers watch carefully last week as an excavator combs through the large debris pile left by the mudslide.MAX WHITTAKER / Reuters

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President Barack Obama will travel to Washington state in two weeks to look at devastation from the deadly mudslide there and to meet with first responders and the workers digging through the muck.

The presidential visit to the wrecked town of Oso, set for April 22, was announced Tuesday by the White House.

Gov. Jay Inslee said that Obama and his team “have been important partners in the response effort, and I believe this visit will strengthen those ties as we face the tough work ahead.”

Authorities on Tuesday raised the death toll from the mudslide to 35.

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