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8:29 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Morning Headlines: Thursday, June 9, 2011

Strips of gaffer's tape give tornado-damaged Joplin High School a new name. The Missouri Department of Transportation is considering letting the Joplin School District use a soon-to-be closed building for classes until storm damage is repaired.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

MoDOT building that will be shuttered in restructuring could get new life

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission yesterday approved a five-year reduction plan that will eliminate 1200 jobs and close 131 facilities - including district offices in Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs. But the building in Joplin could get see new life fairly quickly. The AP reports that MoDOT director Kevin Keith has offered the building to the Joplin School District, which saw a half-dozen buildings destroyed or damaged in the May 22 F5 tornado.

Keith says agency employees who would be in the building when school starts would be relocated to temporary quarters.

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