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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

Credit University of Missouri School of Medicine

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.
zensmom1 flickr

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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