Joplin tornado

Joplin Tornado
3:22 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

10 still missing in Joplin; 120 dead identified

People from around the state of Missouri held signs of support before the start of a memorial service for the dead and missing in Joplin, Mo. on May 29.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Less than a dozen people remain unaccounted for after the tornado that hit Joplin last week.

Missouri Department of Public Safety Deputy Director Andrea Spillars said Tuesday that 10 people remain missing. Spillars says two new names were added to the missing list Monday, but four people were removed once officials learned they were alive.

It's not known how many people in all died in the May 22 storm.

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Joplin Tornado
11:52 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Feds to pay 90 percent of Joplin tornado cleanup

A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Mo. on May 24. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the federal government will pay 90 percent of costs associated with expedited debris removal from Joplin.

Updated 5:07 p.m. to reflect that the cleanup work begins Wednesday.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the federal government has agreed to pay a greater-than-usual share of the cleanup costs from a deadly tornado that struck Joplin.

He says the federal government will cover 90 percent of the expedited debris removal from areas that received extensive damage.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Illinois State Capitol
Flickr/ jglazer75

Ill. General Assembly Approves Budget

Schools are traditionally an area Illinois legislators have left untouched when they're looking to cut spending. But the budget the General Assembly approved Monday night gives 3 percent less to education for the coming year that begins in July.

Overall cuts are wide ranging and total $2.3 billion less than what Gov. Pat Quinn proposed  in Feb. That was enough for Republicans in the House, but the Senate GOP says it's still too rich.

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Joplin Tornado
5:19 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Nixon to set aside $25M for Joplin tornado, will speak with Obama at memorial

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at a press conference on May 27 when he announced that $25 million will be set aside in next year's state budget to help pay for damage following the tornado in Joplin on May 22.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will shift $25 million from next year’s state budget to help pay for damage in Joplin caused by last weekend’s deadly tornado.

Nixon says he doesn’t yet know which areas of the FY 2012 budget he’ll use to help offset tornado expenses.

“What decisions we have to make because of that to trim the budget and to balance, we’ll make over the coming weeks…if the demands for dollars continue to move up, we clearly have other sources, other ways to get resources,” Nixon said.

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Joplin Tornado
12:00 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

132 now dead, 156 unaccounted for in Joplin, 4,000 jobs affected by tornado

Members of Missouri Rescue Task Force 1 walk the streets of Joplin, Missouri looking for survivors after a tornado destruction on May 23.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The state of Missouri says the number of people missing or unaccounted for since the Joplin tornado is now at 156.

Missouri Department of Public Safety deputy director Andrea Spillars said Friday that officials are working 24 hours a day to trim the list that stood at 232 a day earlier.

Here is a link to the updated list of those unaccounted for.

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Morning round-up
9:34 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, May 27, 2011

A woman exits her destroyed home in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 has claimed 122 lives and is now the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

Joplin Tornado Death Toll at 126

The death toll from Sunday's devastating tornado in Joplin is now up to 126. Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr announced the updated figure to reporters Thursday after meeting with residents and government officials about plans to offer assistance to victimized residents. More than 900 people suffered injuries in Sunday's tornado, now considered the nation's single-deadliest in six decades.

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Roy Blunt/Joplin tornado
5:10 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Blunt wants federal government to pay for more of Joplin's damage

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) wants the federal government to pay 100 percent of the cleanup costs from the Joplin tornado.

The federal government typically covers 75 percent of the costs of responding to disasters, with state and local governments picking up the rest. But Blunt says he has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to pick up more than that in Joplin’s case.

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Joplin Tornado
1:26 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

‘Angels of Mercy’: Scenes of heroism, lessons learned emerge from hospital destroyed by tornado

The helicopter at Saint Johns Hospital lies destroyed outside of the Emergency Department in Joplin, Mo. on May 23.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

A feature from KSMU's Jennifer Moore

Scenes of heroism during and after Joplin’s Sunday tornado are beginning to trickle out –and no scene is more gripping than what happened inside the nine-story St. John’s Regional Medical Center when the EF5 tornado began to wreak havoc on the roof, windows, and electricity of the hospital. 

As KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports, a mostly female staff managed to evacuate the entire hospital within 90 minutes of the tornado.

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Joplin Tornado
11:07 am
Thu May 26, 2011

232 still unaccounted for after tornado hit Joplin

A woman exits her tornado-destroyed home in Joplin, Mo. on May 24.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Updated 1:39 p.m. May 26 with link to unaccounted-for list and information about first person on list.

Missouri officials say 232 people are still unaccounted for four days after a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin.

Missouri Department of Public Safety deputy director Andrea Spillars says a list of the names will be released Thursday. She urged survivors to check in.

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From St. Louis on the Air
2:08 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Cold winter, strong jet stream combine for an unusual tornado season

National Weather Service risk map
(Mike Smith)

This morning as the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado risk to "high" for the St. Louis area this afternoon, meteorologist and severe weather expert Mike Smith joined us for St. Louis on the Air.  Smith called this the "worst tornado season" since the 1950's and cautioned that complacency about risk can be one of the deadliest factors during any storm. 

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