Joplin tornado

Economy/MO jobless numbers
5:03 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Mo. jobless rate drops in June

(via Flickr/KellyB.)

The unemployment rate in Missouri ticked down slightly last month, according to new data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Missouri's rate last month was 8.8 percent, down from 8.9 percent in May 2011, and a sharp decrease from June 2010, when 9.2 percent of the state's citizen's were out of work.

The national rate for June stood at 9.2 percent.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
3:38 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mo. gov. pledges additional $100M for disaster aid

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 3:42 p.m.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has pledged an additional $100 million in state disaster aid following the deadly tornado in Joplin and continued flooding across the state.

Nixon's announcement Friday raises Missouri's total financial commitment to $150 million for a particularly devastating few months of natural disasters.

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Morning round-up
9:34 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, July 1, 2011

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo

Obama issues federal emergency declaration

President Barack Obama has issued a federal emergency declaration for Missouri because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast. Gov. Jay Nixon says his request for the declaration was granted Thursday.

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Joplin Tornado
12:03 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Joplin Home Depot building design under scrutiny

Aerial footage taken two days after an EF-5 tornado pummeled Joplin, Mo. shows the destruction to the city's Home Depot. Questions are now being raised about the building's construction, and how it may have contributed to deaths.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Engineers who studied the Joplin Home Depot where at least seven people died say the store's construction method might have led to some of the deaths.

The Kansas City Star reports that the "tilt-up wall" method used at the Joplin store met city codes, but didn't offer much protection when an EF-5 tornado roared through the community.

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Joplin Tornado
3:16 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Nixon announces programs to aid Joplin businesses

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.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The Missouri Department of Economic Development will use $50 million in bond money to help Joplin-area manufacturers recover from the May 22 tornado.

Gov. Jay Nixon was in Joplin Friday to announce $75 million in awards and modifications of existing programs aimed at helping business and industry in the Joplin area. Two-thirds of that funding comes from Private Activity Tax Exempt Bond capacity that has been set aside to aid the region.

Joplin Tornado
10:11 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Death toll in Joplin rises to 156, electronics being sorted for recycling

Cleanup of tornado damage in Joplin, Mo. continues, including an effort to recycle electronics damaged in the storm.
(via Flickr/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region)

As Joplin, Mo. continues to recover from the tornado that devastated the area just over a month ago, there is an unfortunate report of another death related to the disaster, along with an effort to make something useful out of the wreckage.

Joplin's public information office says it was notified Wednesday of the death of Grace M. Sanders, who was injured in the tornado. No other information about the victim or the death was released.  With Sanders' death, the number of deaths from the tornado has now risen to 156.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A view of the levee break in Atchison County, Mo. on June 13.
(Courtesy Atchison County 911/Emergency Management on Facebook)

Levee Break Sends Releases Torrents of Water

Crews are racing to build up a protective wall to keep floodwaters from reaching a small Iowa town after the swollen Missouri River punched a massive hole in the main levee that protects the community.

Two levees in northwest Missouri ruptured yesterday, sending water over rural farmland.

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Joplin Tornado
2:59 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Joplin tornado death toll at 153

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

Joplin city officials say two more fatalities have been reported from the tornado that devastated the southwest Missouri city last month.

Lynn Iliff Onstot, public information officer for Joplin, said as of Monday there were 153 fatalities from the tornado. Onstot said the city received the updated list from the Jasper County coroner and the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Joplin Tornado
12:31 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Death toll in Joplin tornado rises to 151

An apartment complex reduced to ruble in Joplin, Mo. on May 23, 2011. The death toll attributed to the May 22 tornado that swept through the area has now reached 151 people.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The death toll from the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin has risen to 151 in part because of several deaths linked to a rare fungal infection.

Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel said Friday that his office is still receiving regular reports of people who have died at hospitals after being hurt in the nation's deadliest tornado in more than six decades.

The most recent death was confirmed late Wednesday.

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Morning Round-Up
8:22 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Morning Headlines: Friday, June 10, 2011

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign the budget for Missouri's upcoming fiscal year today. He could make as many as $113 million in cuts.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Nixon to sign budget, Missouri RX bills

Gov. Jay Nixon will sign the 2012 budget for the state of Missouri - and cuts to the $23 billion spending plan are already in the works.

The governor said two weeks ago he would have to cut at least $113 million. Much of that is due to unplanned expenses from the Joplin tornado and flooding in southeast Missouri. More cuts could be necessary as the state is now also responding to floods along the Missouri River in the northwest corner of the state.

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