Joplin tornado

Morning News Round-Up
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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Morning News Round-up
9:48 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Busch Stadium, the home playing field of the St. Louis Cardinals.The Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will team up for an interleague series to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals, Royals to team up for series to benefit Joplin recovery

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will be teaming up to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. Missouri's two Major League Baseball teams are to meet for an interleague series June 17-19 in St. Louis.

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Missouri House of Representatives
3:51 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Mo. House panel formed after natural disasters

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newly created House committee will examine whether a special legislative session is needed to assist in the recovery from a deadly tornado in Joplin and flooding in southeastern Missouri.

The House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery was to make its recommendation by the end of July. The committee also was tasked with examining long-term recovery strategies and ways for Missouri to be better prepared for future natural disasters.

A report with those findings was to be submitted by the end of the year.

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Joplin Tornado
3:01 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Flags to fly at half-staff for officer, died after helping in Joplin

An American flag hangs where a home once stood in Joplin, Mo. on May 24. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that all flags at government buildings be flown at half-staff on June 8 in honor of a police officer who died after helping with cleanup efforts.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings to honor a Riverside police officer who died after helping Joplin tornado victims.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 6, 2011

A contractor packs down mud to strengthen the levee and a berm of sandbags line local residential and businesses to help contain the rising Missouri River in Pierre, June 1, 2011.
Flickr/SDNG photo by OC Chad Carlson

Second Breach on Missouri River Reported

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported the first breach on the levee near the Missouri-Iowa border yesterday. The second breach, which is about 10 feet wide, was reported this morning.

The corps says the Iowa National Guard has been dropping thousands of pounds of large sandbags to help fill the breaches, but the damaged areas are expected to fully breach as water levels rise.

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Joplin Tornado / Flooding
11:40 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Nixon asks feds to cover full public aid costs from recent floods, tornadoes

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

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to pay the full cost of repairing public buildings and infrastructure damaged by recent floods and tornadoes.

Nixon said Friday that his request is based on the historic devastation caused by a tornado that killed at least 138 people in Joplin and flooding that swamped hundreds of thousands of acres in southeast Missouri.

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Joplin Tornado
1:56 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Officials say death toll from Joplin, Mo. tornado now 138

An aerial view shows the destruction of the Home Depot in Joplin, Mo. on May 24. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 has claimed 138 lives.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Missouri officials say the death toll from the massive May 22 Joplin tornado has risen to 138 people.

The state Department of Public Safety announced the increase from 134 to 138 on Thursday after confirming that four more people died in hospitals of injuries suffered in deadliest single U.S. tornado since 1950.

More than 8,000 homes and apartments, and more than 500 commercial properties, were damaged or destroyed when the twister ripped through more than six miles of the southwest Missouri town.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 2, 2011

A better idea of damage done at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport can be seen as daylight arrives in St. Louis on April 23. The airport was closed after a tornado hit the airport on April 22. The damage could take up to a year to fully repair.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mo. Officials Preparing for More Flooding

Mother Nature is challenging Missourians again. With flooding likely along the Missouri River, Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials are heading to St. Joseph today to discuss preparations.

Seasonal flooding along the Missouri is being worsened this year as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases historic amounts of water from upstream dams in the Dakotas. Officials in northwestern Missouri's Atchison and Holt counties have already put residents in flood-prone areas on alert to evacuate as needed.

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Joplin Tornado
4:19 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

134 now confirmed dead after Joplin, Mo., tornado, none remain missing

A man sorts through what is left of a home in Joplin, Mo. on May 24, 2011. The tornado that swept through the area has left a confirmed 134 people dead, officials announced today.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Missouri officials say everyone who had been reported missing since last week's massive Joplin tornado has been accounted for and at least 134 people have been confirmed killed.

The Wednesday announcement came from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The agency has led the effort to track down the nearly 270 people listed as unaccounted for after the May 22 tornado.

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Joplin Tornado
12:56 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

SLPD sends 60 officers to Joplin

St. Louis police officers load their gear into a van as they prepare to leave for Joplin.
Maria Altman St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Police Department is sending 60 police officers down to Joplin to help as the city recovers.

The officers leave Wednesday and will be there for a week.

They’ll be working 12-hour shifts dealing with traffic control, check points, and manning squad patrols through the impacted area.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Tim Reagan says the officers all volunteered for the work.

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