Joplin tornado http://news.stlpublicradio.org en FEMA Trailers In Joplin Nearly Empty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fema-trailers-joplin-nearly-empty <p>The nearly 600 federal trailers that housed Joplin residents since the May 2011 tornado are slowly emptying, with only about 80 of the trailers still occupied.</p><p>Those who remain in the trailers will soon have to start paying rent in January.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/TEpKgn">The Joplin Globe reports </a>many of those still in the trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have disabilities and are unable to work.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:24:39 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 6990 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org FEMA Trailers In Joplin Nearly Empty New Films Document Devastation, Hope In Aftermath Of Joplin Tornado http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-films-document-devastation-hope-aftermath-joplin-tornado <p>The EF-5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 killed 161 people and a left city and its residents devastated.</p><p>Two filmmakers - Beth Pike and Erica Tremblay - have created films documenting the disaster, the fallout, and what they call a “remarkable recovery.”</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:18:53 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 6455 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Films Document Devastation, Hope In Aftermath Of Joplin Tornado Mo. National Guard releases records on soldiers who looted in Joplin http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-national-guard-releases-records-soldiers-who-looted-joplin <p>The Missouri National Guard reports four of&nbsp;its soldiers stole electronics from a Wal-Mart store while helping&nbsp;recovery efforts after last year&#39;s tornado in Joplin.</p><p>The Guard released records on the incident to the Joplin Globe&nbsp;on Tuesday after refusing to release them last week, claiming it&nbsp;was exempt from the state&#39;s open records law.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 15:09:19 +0000 The Associated Press 3811 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. National Guard releases records on soldiers who looted in Joplin Mo. National Guard members disciplined for Joplin looting, exempt from Sunshine Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-national-guard-members-disciplined-joplin-looting-exempt-sunshine-law <p>Missouri National Guard members have&nbsp;been disciplined for looting in Joplin after the massive tornado.</p><p>But the guard has refused to release information about the&nbsp;incidents, saying it&#39;s not subject to Missouri&#39;s open records law.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/LfMOwH">St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;guard didn&#39;t respond to requests for details about the looting by&nbsp;citing an exemption to the Missouri Sunshine Law.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:26:06 +0000 The Associated Press 3766 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. National Guard members disciplined for Joplin looting, exempt from Sunshine Law Joplin service begins day of remembrance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/joplin-service-begins-day-remembrance <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has opened a day&nbsp;of remembrance in Joplin by honoring tornado survivors, medical&nbsp;workers and volunteers who&#39;ve aided the city&#39;s recovery.</p><p>Nixon told the crowd during a sunrise service at Freeman&nbsp;Hospital that it was fitting to reflect on faith as dawn broke over&nbsp;a city where a twister killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of&nbsp;buildings one year ago.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 15:28:00 +0000 The Associated Press 3759 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Joplin service begins day of remembrance In Joplin, President Obama urges students to 'pay it forward' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/joplin-president-obama-urges-students-pay-it-forward <p><em>KSMU&#39;s Missy Shelton contributed reporting for this story.</em></p><p>A commencement address from President Barack Obama capped a difficult year for the Joplin High School class of 2012.</p><p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/joplin-tornado">An EF-5 tornado</a> struck the southwestern Missouri town a year ago today, killing 161 people and injuring hundreds more. The storm destroyed five school buildings, including the high school. Students attended their senior year classes in a converted big box store.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 11:41:35 +0000 KSMU 3757 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Joplin, President Obama urges students to 'pay it forward' After devastating tornado, Joplin High bounces back http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-devastating-tornado-joplin-high-bounces-back Nearly one year ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo. The tornado was the deadliest in the U.S in almost 60 years, killing 161 people and injuring more than 900. But life for Joplin's residents is finally starting to return to normal.<p>That includes life for students at Joplin High School. The school was destroyed by the tornado just hours after last year's commencement ceremony. Fri, 18 May 2012 14:57:32 +0000 Bridget Armstrong 3731 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After devastating tornado, Joplin High bounces back Morning headlines - Friday, May 18, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-may-18-2012 <p><strong>Federal court sides with Quinn in pay dispute</strong></p><p>A federal appeals court has sided with Illinois governor Pat Quinn over canceled pay raises due to thousands of union workers.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 12:58:49 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3730 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Friday, May 18, 2012 Joplin residents indicted for disaster fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/joplin-residents-indicted-disaster-fraud <p>Seven Joplin residents and a Laclede&nbsp;County man are facing federal fraud charges over requests for FEMA&nbsp;aid after the deadly May 2011 tornado.</p><p>The U.S. Attorney&#39;s Office in Springfield announced the separate&nbsp;grand jury indictments on Wednesday. Each of the defendants is&nbsp;accused of falsely claiming damage to their homes or property in&nbsp;Federal Emergency Management Agency applications for disaster&nbsp;benefits.</p><p>Those charged are:</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 18:23:22 +0000 The Associated Press 3709 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Joplin residents indicted for disaster fraud Tornado Recovery Offers Joplin Students New Lessons http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tornado-recovery-offers-joplin-students-new-lessons Graduation is supposed to in part be about celebrating the future, but last year in Joplin, Mo., shortly after the high school graduation ceremony, an EF-5 tornado — the highest-strength rating — destroyed one-third of the city and killed 161 people, including one teen who had received his diploma that day.<p>In addition to the homes, hospital and businesses that were destroyed, the high school itself was in ruins, along with several other school buildings. Mon, 07 May 2012 14:46:45 +0000 3639 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tornado Recovery Offers Joplin Students New Lessons