4:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Prolonged winter weather could delay spring storms

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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.

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5:54 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Iowa company pleads guilty to release of gasoline-contaminated water

The contamination of a southwest Missouri sewer system led to the evaucation of an elementary school in Duenweg, Mo.
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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.

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8:32 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Joplin Schools superintendent discusses leadership, teamwork after tornado

The new Joplin High School
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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.

"Saw you on Fox. So proud of you. Now show them what you can really do."

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.

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Arts and Culture
8:15 am
Mon December 30, 2013

New book collects stories of resilience and recovery from Joplin

Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

Joplin leaders share their stories about the 2011 tornado and the recovery efforts that followed in a newly published book.

The Joplin Globe 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 Chamber of Commerce, and in an e-book format from Amazon.

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8:24 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Joplin rebuilding since tornado about $837 million

Joplin officials say about $837 million has been spent on construction in the city since the 2011 tornado.

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8:01 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Mo. authorizes $7M of tax credits before deadline

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

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.

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Arts and Culture
5:26 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Rescue dog from 2011 Joplin tornado in spotlight

Aftermath from the 2011 Joplin tornado.
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A rescue dog who gained some notoriety after the 2011 Joplin tornado will soon be back in the spotlight.

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7:33 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Joplin School District reports high graduation rate

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The Joplin School District says it has had its highest graduation rate in years.

The Joplin Globe reports that about 87 percent of Joplin's class of 2013 graduated. The average rate throughout Missouri was about 88 percent.

Joplin's graduation rate was close to 79 percent in 2011 and 2012, and was down to 54 percent in 1996.

Superintendent C.J. Huff says the improved rate is the result of "strategic work," as well as support from teachers, principals, staff and others.

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4:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Joplin gets 32 free storm shelters

The state of Missouri is giving the city of Joplin 32 storm shelters that were used at temporary housing sites after the 2011 tornado.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the shelters to the state, which offered them to Joplin for free.

The Joplin City Council decided this week to use half of the shelters on public property. Organizations can apply for the remaining shelters.

The Joplin Globe reports organizations will only have to pay the moving costs. Joplin’s finance director says moving each shelter could cost 8,650 dollars. 

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5:29 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Plans to rebuild Joplin Mosque one year after it was destroyed by fire

Credit Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS / KBIA

On the anniversary of the suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, mosque officials say they are making progress in plans to rebuild.

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.

The mosque will be rebuilt inside city limits. Navid Zaidi, a mosque board member, says no rebuilding will start until the fundraising is complete.

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Arts and Culture
7:13 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Route 66 celebration heads to Joplin

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A celebration of the highway dubbed the "Mother Road" gets underway this week in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

The Route 66 International Festival runs from Thursday through Saturday, based in Joplin.

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.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:09 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Joplin tornado-damaged yards have high lead levels

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.

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.

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.

5:16 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Express Scripts to expand to Joplin, creates 100 jobs

Express Scripts building in St. Louis, Mo.
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 St. Louis-based Fortune 100-company Express Scripts says it will build a new patient-service call center in Joplin, creating 100 new jobs.

Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefits company that manages more than a billion prescriptions each year for millions of patients in the U.S.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the company’s new patient-service center will mean a 960,000 dollars investment in Joplin's economy.

The state of Missouri provided economic incentives to Express Scripts as part of its expansion in Joplin.

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Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Joplin Chamber delivers first fund installment to Moore, Okla.

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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.

The Joplin Globe reports the $20,000-dollars in donations delivered Saturday are intended to help the Moore Chamber of Commerce start its own business recovery fund.

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8:14 am
Thu May 23, 2013

'The longest six, seven minutes of my life': Joplin remembers

  Two years to the day that an EF-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.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

FEMA gives Joplin deal on 2 fire engines

Joplin residents approved a bond measures giving the local school district money to build storm shelters.

The federal government is giving the city of Joplin a deal on two fire engines it loaned the city after the 2011 tornado.

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4:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Housing reopens for third year medical students in Joplin

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Housing re-opened for third year medical students practicing rural medicine in Joplin Monday. The housing is part of the MU School of Medicine rural track pipeline program, which trains students to practice medicine in small, rural communities.

The Joplin arm of the program shut down in 2011, after a tornado destroyed the old living quarters.

Kathleen Quinn is the director of the rural track pipeline program at MU and she says the program helps create more doctors in rural areas, where care could be in short supply.

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5:19 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

KC medical school considering Joplin for satellite

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is considering a possible satellite campus in Joplin.

Two people from the school were in Joplin last week to meet with city leaders and scout possible locations. Lisa Cambridge, spokeswoman for the school, says a decision will be made in April.

Joplin officials say the medical school visited Missouri Southern State University and met with city and business leaders.

Science, Health and Technology
8:24 am
Fri December 14, 2012

New I-49 unveiled in SW Missouri

An I-49 mural made by students at Joplin East Middle School
Scott Harvey KSMU

1,300 new signs now line the highway formally known as 71, following Wednesday’s unveiling of Interstate 49 between Kansas City and Pineville.

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1:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Final meeting for response to natural disasters

Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

An interim committee examining Missouri’s response to natural disasters is holding its final meeting in Jefferson City today.

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8:00 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Muslims in Joplin receive interfaith support after mosque fire

Remnants of prayer rugs lie amid the rubble of what used to be a mosque in Joplin. The mosque burned down on Aug. 6. The fire is still under investigation.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

It’s been about one month since a fire destroyed the only mosque in Joplin. Now, members of the Islamic Society of Joplin – and the interfaith community there – are picking up the pieces.

The mosque was burned down before daylight on August 6, during the holy month of Ramadan.

The FBI is still investigating the cause of the fire. Earlier in summer, on July 4, someone tried to set fire to the roof. That incident is still under investigation, too. 

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7:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Hundreds turn out for Joplin mosque rally

Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Hundreds of people turned out for a rally aimed at showing solidarity with area Muslims whose mosque was destroyed in a suspicious fire.

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9:10 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Kinder to head new Mo. disaster response panel

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (KBIA file photo)

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will lead a newly formed state committee reviewing Missouri's disaster recovery efforts and preparedness for future challenges.

The committee was created by Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley. It also includes lawmakers, a Joplin city council member, an official from a health care company and a Jasper County official.

9:57 am
Thu June 14, 2012

AmeriCorp shooting for 16,000 volunteers in Joplin

Joplin shortly after the storm in 2011

The city of Joplin will be getting more AmeriCorps volunteers to help with recovery and rebuilding following the tornado in May 2011. Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, says Rebuild Joplin will receive $2,800,000 in AmeriCorps funding. 

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5:43 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

AmeriCorps expanding for Joplin recovery

Matt Evans KBIA

The national service group AmeriCorps plans to boost its volunteer force helping Joplin rebuild from the deadly May 2011 tornado.

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9:11 am
Wed May 23, 2012

One year on, Joplin remembers tornado

Joplin was devastated by an EF-5 tornado in May 2011, killing 161.
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Much of Joplin fell silent to mark the precise moment the city was hit by a tornado one year ago.

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Arts and Culture
3:59 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Ragtag holds special screening to benefit Joplin

Photo courtesy of Ragtag

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, tonight Columbia’s Ragtag Cinema is screening a documentary that relives the days following the disaster.

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9:06 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Joplin rebuilding continues on tornado's one-year anniversary

The Joplin tornado killed 161 people.

A year after the deadliest tornado in decades hit southwest Missouri, the images remain indelible.

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AM Newscasts
9:01 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Newscast for May 21, 2012

The EF-5 twister killed 161 people in Joplin.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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9:08 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Contractors charged with defrauding Joplin tornado victims

161 people were killed by the May 2011 tornado in Joplin.

Two Laclede County contractors stand accused of fraud after allegedly accepting insurance checks from three Joplin homeowners to repair tornado damage but not doing the work.

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