Joplin tornado

Housing Tax Credits / Joplin / Tornado
11:39 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Mo. housing panel approves tax credits for Berkeley, Joplin, those with special needs

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon gets a tour of a damaged neighborhood by Berkeley, Mo. Mayor Kyra Watson in St. Louis on April 23, 2011. A tornado hit the region on April 22 damaging or destroying over 750 homes and buildings.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 12:38 p.m. with information on tax credits for those with special needs

Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.

Missouri's low-income housing agency has approved $100 million in tax credits to help rebuild Joplin and the St. Louis County community of Berkeley after they were hit by tornadoes earlier this year.

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Joplin Tornado
2:35 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Joplin schools to get up to $1.5M from state

Irving Elementary School was one of many schools that were severely damaged in Joplin, Mo., when a massive tornado struck the city on May 22.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs)

Here's an update to a story we told you about this morning:

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says Joplin schools will get up to $1.5 million from state government to help pay their
bills after a deadly tornado.

Nixon said Thursday the state funding is intended to help forestall the need for property tax increases next year by the Joplin School District.

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Morning Round-up
9:47 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

St. Louis lost a sixth person to the excessive heat.
(via Flickr/jetsandzeppelins)

Sixth heat-related death reported in St. Louis City this year

Earline Walker is the sixth person in St. Louis to die of heat-related causes this year.

90-year-old Walker was found last week by her family at her residence in the 3000 block of Semple. She had window air conditioner units, but they were blowing hot air.

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Joplin tornado recovery
5:50 am
Tue August 2, 2011

State to cover Joplin's share in tornado cleanup

Debris from the May tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo. The federal government will cover 90 percent of the costs in the hard-hit area designated for FEMA's enhanced cleanup payments, and the state of Mo. will pick up the remaining 10 percent.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The city of Joplin is off the hook for paying for the first couple of months of debris removal following a devastating tornado in May.

The federal government is paying 90 percent of the cost in the hard-hit area designated for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's enhanced cleanup payments, instead of the usual 75 percent. The state will be picking up the 10 percent not covered by FEMA under the expedited debris removal program that runs through next Sunday. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon said two-thirds of the properties have been cleared so far.

Joplin Tornado / Fungus
4:32 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

CDC: Fungus cluster after Joplin tornado a first

An image of a slide showing changes seen in a heart valve due to zygomycosis.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a dangerous fungus found in 13 people injured in the Joplin tornado was the first known cluster occurring after a tornado.

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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

Nixon seeking extension for Joplin debris clean-up

Mo.  Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking extension of a federal program covering most of the cost of removing debris from the May tornado in Joplin. Nixon filed a request Tuesday with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the Expedited Debris Removal Program for Joplin until Aug. 31. It's currently scheduled to expire Aug. 7.

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Disaster response
5:15 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Testimony on disaster response heard by Mo. Senate subcommittee

An aerial view of Joplin, Mo., 10 days after a tornado swept through the area.
(via Flickr/xpda)

A Missouri Senate subcommittee heard testimony at the Capitol today from state officials who handle disaster response.

Andrea Spillars, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety, told the Subcommittee on Emergency Response that state and local officials coordinated their response efforts very well following the Joplin tornado.

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Joplin Tornado
1:31 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Insurance payout from Joplin tornado to be largest in Mo. history

The scene in Joplin, Mo. following the May 22 tornado that swept through the area. Insurance claims from the disaster are expected to set a state record.
(via Flickr/Meagan)

Missouri officials say the insurance payout from the May 22 Joplin tornado will be the largest payout in the state's history.

The Missouri Department of Insurance says it expects the claims to eventually total between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.

The department says as of June 30, insurance companies had paid more than $509 million in tornado claims.

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Joplin Tornado
11:36 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Mo. AG files suit over post-tornado scams

Mo. Atty. Gen. Chris Koster.
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is filing suit over two alleged fundraising scams involving the Joplin tornado.

Koster said Thursday that his lawsuits will target a Puerto Rico-based group called the Alivio Foundation and Georgia resident Steve Blood, who runs an Internet radio business.

The attorney general says Alivio Foundation solicited donations for Joplin tornado victims by claiming the money would go to a Catholic church and charity. But he says the Catholic entities have never heard of the foundation nor received any money.

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Joplin Tornado
4:44 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Nixon pledges home-rebuilding aid in Joplin, Mo.

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon talk with police outside Saint John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. on May 23, 2011. The governor is speaking at a remembrance ceremony this morning at another hospital in town, Freeman Hospital.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to allot $122 million in state and federal aid to rebuild homes destroyed by a tornado that devastated Joplin.

Nixon outlined his plan Tuesday during a news conference in Joplin. Most of the money would flow through the Missouri Housing Development Commission, which provides financial incentives to construct housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

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