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.
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.
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.