Joplin tornado

Joplin Schools
9:35 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Joplin schools get federal dollars for mental health, academic help

The Joplin schools are getting $50,000 in federal assistance to provide academic and mental health support for students and staff following last year's EF-5 tornado.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Joplin School District will get almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide its students and staff recover from the EF-5 tornado that struck the city on May 22, 2011 destroying three schools.

The Project SERV grant will help the district provide academic and mental health services to 7,700 students and 500 educators.

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Joplin tornado/Missouri River Flooding
3:58 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Missouri gets $16.5M for temp Mo. River, Joplin cleanup jobs

Metal is wrapped around a tree near Saint Johns Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 23, 2011. A deadly tornado hit the small Missouri town on May 22, 2011.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri will receive a $16.5 million federal grant to fund temporary jobs aimed at helping with large-scale recovery efforts from the 2011 Joplin tornado and from flooding around the state last year.

The U.S. Department of Labor said in a release Tuesday that the $16.5 million grant is from the National Emergency Grant program.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, February 20, 2012

The University of Missouri System's flagship campus in Columbia, Mo.
(via Flickr/Adam Procter)

University of Missouri Curators to consider raising tuition today

The special meeting comes after the governing board postponed consideration of a tuition increase three weeks ago at its regular meeting in Kansas City. This time, the curators will meet by video teleconference along with new university president Tim Wolfe.  

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Joplin Recovery
3:37 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Talk of 'tornado tourism' stirs anger in Joplin

An aerial view shows the destruction of the Home Depot in Joplin, Mo. on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 claimed 161 lives. The Home Depot has since been rebuilt.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Eight months after a tornado laid waste to much of the city, Joplin is wrestling with an emotional question: Should the community market its devastated neighborhoods to tourists?

The convention and visitors bureau recently discussed offering guided bus tours and even a smartphone app. But storm victims bristled, imagining that their shattered homes could be put on display for legions of curious sightseers.

The bureau director says he wants to promote Joplin's recovery. He insists the effort is "not about busted-up homes or destroyed cars or body parts."

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Morning round-up
9:35 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 11, 2011

A Mo. Senator is proposing to eliminate the state income tax for some low-income residents while raising the tax on smokers.
Flickr/Fried Dough

Mo. Senator wants to increase cigarette tax and eliminate state income tax for low income people

Republican state Sen. John Lamping, of Ladue, has filed legislation that would exempt anyone earning less than $2,000 from having to pay state income tax and slightly lower the taxes for people earning more than that. His legislation would offset the projected $128 million reduction in state income tax revenues by increasing the cigarette tax to 43 cents per pack.

Missouri's current cigarette tax of 17 cents per pack is the lowest in the nation.

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Joplin lead cleanup
11:19 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Joplin gets EPA help for lead testing, remediation

Joplin residents look through the remains of their house on May 24,two days after an EF-5 tornado devastated the city. The EPA will provide $500,000 to test and clean up lead-contaminated soil in residential areas exposed by the tornado and recovery.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The federal Environmental Protection Agency will provide the city of Joplin, Mo. with $500,000 to help test and clean up lead-contaminated soils that were exposed by the May 22 tornado that devastated the city.

The money from the Superfund program will allow the city to hire one full-time and one part-time person to coordinate a soil testing and remediation plan. The funds will also pay for a vehicle, equipment, supplies and travel expenses.

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Joplin Recovery
10:16 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Housing agency upholds wage waiver for Joplin

Some of the aftermath following the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. in May 2011. The tornado killed 161 people and destroyed more than 7,000 residences.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri's housing agency has rejected a proposal to bypass new federal wage standards for tornado recovery projects.

A Missouri Housing Development Commission recovery plan requires workers on state-subsidized projects to be paid the prevailing federal wage used on federally funded public works projects. Those wages rose substantially in September.

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Joplin Tornado
1:44 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Phony 'victim' of Joplin tornado admits fraud

An American flag blows in the wind, attached to a downed limb, near a home that has been destroyed in Joplin, Missouri on May 23, 2011. A massive tornado hit the small southwestern Missouri town on May 22, 2011.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

A southwestern Missouri man has admitted writing more than $160,000 in bad checks by claiming he and his family were victims of the Joplin tornado.

The U. S. Attorney's office says 31-year-old Justin R. Compton, of Springfield, pleaded guilty Tuesday to bank fraud.

Compton admitted opening an account at Regions Bank two days before the May 22 tornado. He deposited no money, however, instead telling the bank he would set up direct deposit of his paychecks.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, November 28, 2011

Patrick Foreman comforts his wife in what was the second floor of their home. in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado hit Joplin on May 22 and is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbro

Insurers have spent more than $1 billion in Joplin tornado claims

After spending about $1.13 billion in claims tied to the Joplin tornado, insurers expect payouts to continue to grow. 

The head of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration says total insured losses could be $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion. John Huff called the tornado the "largest insurance event in Missouri history."

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Morning round-up
9:17 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tree limbs are piled up near Saint John's Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Officials say a deadly tornado cut a path a mile wide by four miles, destroying over 2000 homes and businesses. 116 people have died so far.
UPI/Rick Meyer

Joplin to mark 6 month anniversary of devastating tornado

The city of Joplin is marking the six-month anniversary of the May 22 tornado with a community memorial service Tuesday. The service begins at 4:30 p.m. at Cunningham Park. The park is located next to St. John's Regional Medical Center, the damaged hospital that for many became a physical symbol of the tornado that killed 161 people.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to attend.

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