Joplin

Morning round-up
9:27 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Joplin High School has a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to clear away debris from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed 141 people.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Joplin School Board begins paying massive bills from May 22 tornado

Yesterday, the Joplin School Board approved payment of nearly $30 million for the month of July and about half of August. The district's typical monthly bill is between $6 million to $7 million.

The Joplin Globe reports that the district is using insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements to help pay the bills.

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MO Statehouse/Withholding audit
2:46 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Schweich sharply critical of budget withholdings for disasters

State auditor Tom Schweich is sharply critical of the way Gov. Jay Nixon calculated the $172 million withheld from the FY2012 budget to help pay for natural disasters like the May 22 tornado in Joplin.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Updated with comments from Schweich, statement from Nixon.

Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich has released a report that is sharply critical of Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to withhold $172  million from the current budget to help the state cope with a series of natural disasters.

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Morning News Round-up
10:09 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A student taking the ACT exam.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Missouri students outpace nation on ACT scores

Missouri students scored slightly higher than the national average this year on the ACT college readiness exam.

The ACT consists of four tests in English, math, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale from 1 to 36, with scores averaged to create a composite score.

This year's average composite score in Missouri was 21.6, half a point higher than the national average of 21.1.

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Morning News Round-up
9:53 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday August 15th, 2011

Tree limbs are piled up near Saint John's Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Officials say a deadly tornado cut a path a mile wide by four miles, destroying over 2000 homes and businesses. 116 people have died so far.
Rick Meyer UPI

Joplin to announce plans for new hospital

Joplin residents will learn this week where a new hospital will be built to replace one destroyed by the May 22 tornado.

Officials with St. John's Mercy announced Monday that the new site and rebuilding plans will be announced Tuesday evening at the Joplin Holiday Inn.

Since the 367-bed hospital was destroyed by the tornado, St. John's has been operating out of temporary units on the site of the old hospital while planning to rebuild one of Joplin's largest employers.
 

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gov. Nixon will visit Joplin Aug. 11 to tour the big box store that will house 11th and 12th grade students.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to return to Joplin to announce school funding

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is returning to Joplin to discuss funding for schools in the tornado-ravaged city.

Thursday afternoon, Nixon is scheduled to visit the Joplin 11th and 12th Grade Center - an empty big-box store that will house the two grades while the high school is rebuilt. He'll be joined by superintendent C.J. Huff and members of the Joplin Board of Education in touring the building and making the announcement on funding for the upcoming school year.

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Morning round-up
9:17 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Morning headlines: July 29, 2011

The heat wave is to blame in three more St. Louis-area deaths.
(flickr/Jack W. Reid)

Sweltering heat blamed for 3 more deaths in St. Louis

The city health department says a 75-year-old woman is the fifth person to die from the heat in St. Louis this year. Her air conditioner was on but was blowing hot air in her home. She died on Sunday.

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Disaster response
5:15 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Testimony on disaster response heard by Mo. Senate subcommittee

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

A Missouri Senate subcommittee heard testimony at the Capitol today from state officials who handle disaster response.

Andrea Spillars, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety, told the Subcommittee on Emergency Response that state and local officials coordinated their response efforts very well following the Joplin tornado.

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Joplin tornado recovery
6:23 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Nixon pledges home-rebuilding aid in Joplin

Gov. Jay Nixon will travel to Joplin today to make an announcement regarding home-rebuilding aid. Thousands of homes were destroyed in the May 22 tornado.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will play a long-term role in rebuilding housing in Joplin after the deadly May 22 tornado.

Nixon will travel to Joplin today to announce what he describes as a "major initiative to address both the near-term and long-term housing needs."

He says it will involve both federal and state resources to support home construction.

The tornado killed 159 people and destroyed thousands of homes while wiping out a large section of the city.

Morning round-up
9:25 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 27, 2011

MoDOT is asking motorists to avoid eastbound I-70 between Shreve and west Florissant as crews repair the road where an MSD sewer line ruptured on Sunday.
Missouri Dept. of Transportation

Sewer line rupture forces lane closures on EB I-70

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to avoid eastbound Interstate 70 between Shreve and west Florissant Monday as repairs continue on a ruptured sewer line.

Deanna Venker, MoDOT area engineer for St. Louis City, says crews worked overnight to fix the sewer line. Concrete is curing and crews are working on road repairs.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

People go through what is left of their home in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

FEMA to House Displaced Tornado Victims Near Joplin Airport

The federal government is planning to use 50 acres south of the Joplin Regional Airport to provide temporary housing for people who lost their homes in the May 22 tornado.

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