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When a tornado devastated Joplin in spring 2011, South Joplin Christian Church didn’t have a plan.

“The reality is that I remember no conversations where we said, ‘We could do this and this, and be prepared for part of our town being wiped off the map, for our church being damaged, and for many of our families losing their homes and businesses,” said Jill Michel, the church’s pastor. “There were no conversations that started that way.”

Officials are assessing damage from heavy storms that hit northern Missouri, damaging homes and utility poles.

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The Storm Prediction Center says there is a slight risk of severe weather in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Thursday. The greatest risk will be in western Arkansas, southwestern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

Joplin officials say about $837 million has been spent on construction in the city since the 2011 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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President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster declaration after severe storms struck Missouri from May 29 to June 10.

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A devastating tornado struck outside in Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday afternoon. As often happens in the wake of disaster, people took to Twitter.  KBIA's Kellie Kotraba took a look at what people in mid-Missouri were saying.

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(We're following the news from Oklahoma, where a tornado devastated the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday. Most recent update: 8:40 p.m. ET.)

A day after a monster EF-5 tornado pummeled Moore, Okla., the focus turned to the victims.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn spent the day in the city talking to survivors. Christie Parrish decided to leave her home for her sister's shelter.

Dozens Killed In Massive Tornado Near Oklahoma City

May 20, 2013
(This post was last updated at 11:45 p.m. ET.)

A massive tornado ripped through the southern suburbs of Oklahoma City, Monday afternoon, killing at least 51 people, according to the state medical examiner's office.

The death toll was expected to rise.

Helicopter images showed large tracts of Moore, Okla., completely leveled by what the National Weather Service says was at least an EF-4 tornado with winds in excess of 166 mph. The tornado stayed on the ground for 40 minutes and traveled 20 miles.

Cole County to install 15 new tornado sirens

Jun 12, 2012

Officials in Cole County have approved a proposal to add 15 new tornado sirens.

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Much of Joplin fell silent to mark the precise moment the city was hit by a tornado one year ago.

Newscast for May 21, 2012

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

The same storm that produced tornadoes in Harrisburg, Illinois and Branson, Missouri also struck  rural Stoddard County, Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed the level EF - 03 tornado left a 21 mile stretch of destruction from Puxico to Bell City. As KRCU’s Jacob McCleland reports, residents are now sorting through the wreckage … and beginning to put their lives back together.

A hospital in Branson treated 32 people in the hours after a tornado hit the tourist destination.

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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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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.

Newscast for February 6, 2012

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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.

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.

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

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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.