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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.