3:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Missouri faith groups learn disaster preparedness skills

Stephen Redman, pastor of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Levasy, Mo., leads a few rounds of trivia about natural disasters at a Disaster Readiness Coordinator training session in Columbia, Mo., on March 28-29. The training was part of an effort to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to respond to disaster.
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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.”

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2:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

No reports of injuries during Thursday's severe weather

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

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3:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Chance for severe weather in SW Mo. Thursday

The storm could produce large hail and possibly tornadoes. (File photo)
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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.

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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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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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5:32 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

President Obama signs Mo. disaster declaration

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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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11:37 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Mid-Missourians respond to Oklahoma tornado

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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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5:12 am
Tue May 21, 2013

An Emotional Gauntlet: Tornado Survivors Start Picking Up The Pieces

The destruction was wide and devastating in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a tornado roared through.
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Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 7:48 pm

(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.

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3:58 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Dozens Killed In Massive Tornado Near Oklahoma City

A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:54 am

(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.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:17 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Cole County to install 15 new tornado sirens

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

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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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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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9:11 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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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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8:48 am
Fri March 2, 2012

In rural Stoddard County, sorting through the wreckage from the storms

Governor Jay Nixon greets residents like Charlotte Harty during a tour of wreckage in Stoddard County, Missouri.

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.

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9:25 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Branson hospital treats over 30 after tornado

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

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2:52 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Joplin donations

Joplin after the tornado
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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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4:47 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Joplin looking to get weather radios

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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.

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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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.

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.
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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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