Joplin

Joplin tornado
10:48 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Joplin death toll now at 155

An American flag blows from a downed limb in Joplin on May 23. An Army veteran is the latest fatality from the May 22 EF-5 tornado.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

A World War II veteran is the latest victim of the EF-5 tornado that devastated Joplin almost a month ago.

City officials say 88-year-old Edmon A. Cooper died June 16 from injuries he suffered during the May 22 storm. His death is the 155th linked to the tornado.

An obituary in the Joplin Globe says Cooper was a retired mechanic  who served in the Army in World War II. He also worked at a southeastern Missouri apple orchard.

Morning round-up
9:25 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

YANKTON, S.D. – Gavins Point Dam releases 150,000 cubic feet per second of water June 14, 2011, a record that more than doubles the previous high release.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jay Woods)

Army Corps: More Rain Could Force Release of More Water from Dam

The top Army officer for the management of the Missouri River says additional rain could force the release of even greater amounts of water from an upstream dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers already is releasing a record 150,000 cubic feet of water per second from Gavin's Point dam in South Dakota.

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Joplin Tomorrow Foundation
4:17 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Danforth to lead fundraising effort for Joplin

Aerial footage taken two days after an EF-5 tornado pummeled Joplin shows the destruction to the city's Home Depot. John Danforth has announced he will head a new foundation designed to get businesses to relocate or expand in Joplin.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

A former Republican Senator from Missouri is leading a new non-profit organization that will offer business loans to businesses who want to build or expand in Joplin.

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Morning round-up
9:31 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 20, 2011

The St. Louis Fire Department battled a five-alarm fire at the Chemisphere Corp., a solvent distributor early Monday morning. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries. The cause of the industrial fire is under investigation.
Flickr/Dave Hogg

St. Louis Industrial Fire Forces Evacuations Near Hampton

Updated 4:35 p.m. - All three firefighters were released from the hospital around noon.

A five-alarm fire in the 2100 block of Clifton at Chemisphere Corp., a solvent distributor, was reported at about 2:30 this morning, and was under control by 6 a.m.

St. Louis Fire Captain Dan Sutter said a few minor injuries were reported .

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Morning round-up
9:14 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 13, 2011

Minor flooding is predicted along the Mississippi River at St. Joseph, Mo.
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Minor Flooding Expected this Week in Mo.

Minor flooding is expected along the Mississippi River in Missouri this week. In St. Louis, the river is slightly above flood stage at 30.5- feet, and expected to stay that way for the next four days.

There is a flood warning in effect towns from Quincy, Mo., down to Chester, Ill. until Sunday. National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye says the flooding is expected to remain minor, barring significant rainfall.

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Morning round-up
9:16 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (L) greets U.S. President Barack Obama during a memorial service for the dead and missing in Joplin, Mo. on May 29.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Joplin Clean-up Continues

Cleanup efforts in Joplin will move ahead today when Gov. Jay Nixon says crews will begin hauling away debris left by a massive tornado that leveled a third of the city and killed 139 people.

Government officials say the rubble will be taken to three landfills - two in Kansas and one in Lamar, Mo. Environmental officials have said the debris must be handled carefully because it could contain asbestos used in the construction of older buildings and other hazardous waste.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Patrick Foreman comforts his wife in what was the second floor of their 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 City Leaders Not Giving Up Hope

Officials in Joplin refuse to abandon hope of finding more survivors in the wreckage from Sunday night's tornado that killed at least 122 people and injured 750 more.

Rescuers are preparing to go over ground searched as many as three times already. The search has been described as "methodical" with rescuers going house-to-house searching for those trapped in the rubble.

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