9:11 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Nixon announces new funding for Joplin schools

Nixon's announcement comes as the year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches.

The state of Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.

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Jefferson City
5:47 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Ceremony honors fallen Missouri workers

File Photo KBIA

The state of Missouri paid tribute Monday to those who died while on the job last year. 

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8:45 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Joplin orders creation of new storm shelters

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

Joplin residents are getting an extra layer of security in storms thanks to their approval last week of a $62 million school bond issue.

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PM Newscasts
4:09 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Newscast for March 12, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Some Joplin residents are filing complaints about changes in mail delivery.
  • The University of Missouri wants the school to speed up its move to a smoke-free campus.
  • The St. Louis Zoo Association plans to purchase the site of the former Forest Park Hospital.
3:37 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Joplin residents file complaints about mail delivery changes

Some Joplin residents and postal service workers are upset with changes in mail delivery in sections of Joplin hardest hit by last year's tornado.

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9:20 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Missouri insurance group foresees premium increases

Recent natural disasters will affect more than just those Missourians living in disaster areas.

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4:22 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Joplin High welcomes Obama commencement visit

The Joplin High School class of 2012 will graduate one day later than expected in May, but students will get a memorable commencement speaker in exchange for the delayed ceremony.

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2:52 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Joplin donations

Joplin after the tornado
KBIA File photo

Some Joplin residents are questioning how the city's school district used millions of dollars it received in donations after the May 22 tornado.

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PM Newscasts
5:59 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Newscast for February 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Joplin looking for weather radios
  • New video camera for Columbia Police
  • True/False Film Festival chooses its lead documentary
  • Politicians to meet in Columbia to discuss flooding issues
4:47 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Joplin looking to get weather radios

zensmom1 Flickr

Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr wants the city to distribute weather radios to all Joplin homes that don't already have one.  Rohr says a survey indicated 58 percent of Joplin homes don't have a weather radio, meaning the city would have to distribute about 11 thousand radios at a cost of more than 300 thousand dollars.

The Joplin Globe reports the state denied the city's application for money to fund the project. The American Red Cross donated 50 thousand dollars and Rohr says he will ask the Joplin Tornado First Response fund for an additional 250 thousand dollars.

AM Newscasts
9:18 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Newscast for February 6, 2012

St. John's Mercy Hospital was all but destroyed by the May 22 Joplin tornado, which ravaged the city's school houses as well.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA news room, including:

  • A Democratic Springfield lawmaker will run for Lieutenant Governor.
  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is in Missouri to discuss restructuring the postal service.
  • Joplin Board of Education to vote on bond measure to help rebuild destroyed schools.
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AM Newscasts
8:59 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Newscast for February 1, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • UM system recommends tuition increases at all four campuses.
  • Joplin wrestles with letting tourists into destroyed areas.
  • The appointment of Craig Van Matre to the UM Curators faces an uphill battle.
Science, Health and Technology
1:20 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Demolition of Joplin hospital begins

Demolition has begun on a Joplin hospital that took a direct hit from a deadly May 22nd tornado.

The Joplin Globe reported that about 1,000 people turned out Sunday for a ceremony at the shell of the once-bustling St. John's Mercy Hospital. Speakers talked about the history of the hospital before a wrecking ball ceremonially smacked the side of the building a few times. From there, the crowd went to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new structure. It is being built at a site three miles away.

3:48 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Demolition begins Sunday at Joplin hospital

Zensmom1 Flickr

Perhaps the most well-known and obvious reminder of the tornado that devastated Joplin in May is about to come down.

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Arts and Culture
1:52 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde's arsenal goes up for auction

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping.
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Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City, Missouri.

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2:55 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Joplin reports damage costs being paid on schedule

Matt Evans KBIA

A new report says the city of Joplin might not end up with any debt related to the May 22 tornado.

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Arts and Culture
8:26 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks in Joplin

Church congregations in Joplin have continued to meet for worship - and give thanks - in the six months following the city's devastating tornado.
Photo: Kathryn Landis and Amrita Jayakumar/KBIA

Six months after the devastating tornado hit Joplin, the community is slowly rebuilding itself.

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Health & Wealth Report
9:09 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Six Months After the Storm, Runners in Joplin Get Back on Their Feet

The Joplin Road Runners, after a pre-dawn run.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Six months ago, an EF5 tornado plowed through the center of Joplin, leaving about one-fifth of the city's population without a home. Now, people are slowly getting back to normal. For some, normal means lacing up the running shoes and hitting the streets.

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Health & Wealth Blog
3:01 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Reporter's Notebook: Running in Joplin

Relaxing after a long, slow day of running. The race starts in Commerce, Ok., and finishes in Joplin.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

I ran a marathon in Joplin last weekend – the second annual “Mother Road Marathon,” along Route 66. It was hot, there was a head wind, and it was a long slow day. My time was exactly one hour longer than my first marathon six months ago. I didn’t have a good excuse for my slowness – I’ve just been lazy about training. But for locals in Joplin, training for this race was truly challenging. 

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