joplin http://kbia.org en Prolonged winter weather could delay spring storms http://kbia.org/post/prolonged-winter-weather-could-delay-spring-storms <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Weather forecasters say prolonged cold temperatures over the winter could cause this year's spring storm season to get off to a late start as it takes longer for water in the Gulf of Mexico to warm up.</span></p><p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:17:45 +0000 Associated Press 49770 at http://kbia.org Prolonged winter weather could delay spring storms Iowa company pleads guilty to release of gasoline-contaminated water http://kbia.org/post/iowa-company-pleads-guilty-release-gasoline-contaminated-water <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">An Iowa company has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the release of thousands of gallons of gasoline-contaminated water into a sewer system in southwest Missouri.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:54:12 +0000 Associated Press 48925 at http://kbia.org Iowa company pleads guilty to release of gasoline-contaminated water Joplin Schools superintendent discusses leadership, teamwork after tornado http://kbia.org/post/joplin-schools-superintendent-discusses-leadership-teamwork-after-tornado <p>C.J. Huff received a text message from his father after he completed an interview on Fox News about how Joplin was planning on moving forward after the tornado.</p><p>"Saw you on Fox. So proud of you. Now show them what you can really do."</p><p>The text was encouraging, as Huff’s father knew his son would have a plan. Three years later, Huff laughed in front of an audience of educators, parents and students as he explained to them he didn’t have a plan.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:32:50 +0000 Brady Finn 48692 at http://kbia.org Joplin Schools superintendent discusses leadership, teamwork after tornado New book collects stories of resilience and recovery from Joplin http://kbia.org/post/new-book-collects-stories-resilience-and-recovery-joplin <p>Joplin leaders share their stories about the 2011 tornado and the recovery efforts that followed in a newly published book.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1cxdVEJ">Joplin Globe</a> reports the book, titled "Joplin Pays It Forward," can be downloaded for free from the city's website. It's also available from the Joplin <a href="http://joplincc.com/Joplin_pays_it_forward.html">Chamber of Commerce</a>, and in an e-book format from Amazon.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:15:38 +0000 Associated Press 45971 at http://kbia.org New book collects stories of resilience and recovery from Joplin Joplin rebuilding since tornado about $837 million http://kbia.org/post/joplin-rebuilding-tornado-about-837-million <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Joplin officials say about $837 million has been spent on construction in the city since the 2011 tornado.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:24:12 +0000 Associated Press 39853 at http://kbia.org Joplin rebuilding since tornado about $837 million Mo. authorizes $7M of tax credits before deadline http://kbia.org/post/mo-authorizes-7m-tax-credits-deadline <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri authorized more than $7 million of additional tax credits shortly before the expiration of a program aimed at redeveloping large impoverished or blighted areas.</p><p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:01:45 +0000 Associated Press 39816 at http://kbia.org Mo. authorizes $7M of tax credits before deadline Rescue dog from 2011 Joplin tornado in spotlight http://kbia.org/post/rescue-dog-2011-joplin-tornado-spotlight <p></p><p>A rescue dog who gained some notoriety after the 2011 Joplin tornado will soon be back in the spotlight. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:26:07 +0000 Associated Press 39464 at http://kbia.org Rescue dog from 2011 Joplin tornado in spotlight Joplin School District reports high graduation rate http://kbia.org/post/joplin-school-district-reports-high-graduation-rate <p>The Joplin School District says it has had its highest graduation rate in years.</p><p>The Joplin Globe <a href="http://bit.ly/15UWzgP">reports</a>&nbsp;that about 87 percent of Joplin's class of 2013 graduated. The average rate throughout Missouri was about 88 percent.</p><p>Joplin's graduation rate was close to 79 percent in 2011 and 2012, and was down to 54 percent in 1996.</p><p>Superintendent C.J. Huff says the improved rate is the result of "strategic work," as well as support from teachers, principals, staff and others.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:33:29 +0000 Associated Press 38677 at http://kbia.org Joplin School District reports high graduation rate Joplin gets 32 free storm shelters http://kbia.org/post/joplin-gets-32-free-storm-shelters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Missouri is giving the city of Joplin 32 storm shelters that were used at temporary housing sites after the 2011 tornado.</span></p><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the shelters to the state, which offered them to Joplin for free.</p><p>The Joplin City Council decided this week to use half of the shelters on public property. Organizations can apply for the remaining shelters.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:56:27 +0000 Associated Press 38460 at http://kbia.org Joplin gets 32 free storm shelters Plans to rebuild Joplin Mosque one year after it was destroyed by fire http://kbia.org/post/plans-rebuild-joplin-mosque-one-year-after-it-was-destroyed-fire <p></p><p>On the anniversary of the suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, mosque officials say they are making progress in plans to rebuild.</p><p>The Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque was destroyed by fire last Aug. 6. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The mosque was damaged by another fire on July 4 of last year. That blaze has been ruled an arson.</p><p>The mosque will be rebuilt inside city limits. Navid Zaidi, a mosque board member, says no rebuilding will start until the fundraising is complete.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:29:48 +0000 Associated Press 38387 at http://kbia.org Plans to rebuild Joplin Mosque one year after it was destroyed by fire Route 66 celebration heads to Joplin http://kbia.org/post/route-66-celebration-heads-joplin <p>A celebration of the highway dubbed the "Mother Road" gets underway this week in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.</p><p>The Route 66 International Festival runs from Thursday through Saturday, based in Joplin.</p><p>Route 66 was the main highway between Chicago and Los Angeles before the interstate system was built. It turned west toward Kansas at a Joplin intersection.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:13:43 +0000 Associated Press 37886 at http://kbia.org Route 66 celebration heads to Joplin Joplin tornado-damaged yards have high lead levels http://kbia.org/post/joplin-tornado-damaged-yards-have-high-lead-levels <p>Two years after a tornado tore through Joplin, excavation work continues on yards that revealed high levels of lead after being disrupted by the storm.</p><p>The Joplin Globe reports most of the lead found in the yards was discovered where a tree was uprooted. Other mine waste was exposed where foundations and driveways were before the tornado.</p><p>The city says of the 1,091 yards sampled for lead in Joplin's disaster zone after the May 22, 2011, tornado, 426 needed the excavation of lead-contaminated soil. As of last week, 182 of those properties had been excavated.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:09:06 +0000 Associated Press 37523 at http://kbia.org Express Scripts to expand to Joplin, creates 100 jobs http://kbia.org/post/express-scripts-expand-joplin-creates-100-jobs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>St. Louis-based Fortune 100-company Express Scripts says it will build a new patient-service call center in Joplin, creating 100 new jobs.</p><p>Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefits company that manages more than a billion prescriptions each year for millions of patients in the U.S.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the company’s new patient-service center will mean a 960,000 dollars investment in Joplin's economy.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:16:32 +0000 Associated Press 34614 at http://kbia.org Express Scripts to expand to Joplin, creates 100 jobs Joplin Chamber delivers first fund installment to Moore, Okla. http://kbia.org/post/joplin-chamber-delivers-first-fund-installment-moore-okla <p>Officials of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce have presented the first installment of a special fund for the town of Moore, Okla., following last week’s EF5 tornado that devastated the city.</p><p>The <em>Joplin Globe</em> <a href="http://bit.ly/10vFfha">reports</a> the $20,000-dollars in donations delivered Saturday are intended to help the Moore Chamber of Commerce start its own business recovery fund.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 21:20:42 +0000 Associated Press 34409 at http://kbia.org Joplin Chamber delivers first fund installment to Moore, Okla. 'The longest six, seven minutes of my life': Joplin remembers http://kbia.org/post/longest-six-seven-minutes-my-life-joplin-remembers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years to the day that an </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">EF-5</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tornado ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people, the city was greeted with near perfect weather, as thousands came out Wednesday to honor the lives of those lost, and reflect upon the continuing recovery effort.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 13:14:59 +0000 Scott Harvey 34219 at http://kbia.org 'The longest six, seven minutes of my life': Joplin remembers