Gov. Nixon visiting Joplin to talk trees

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | 7:38 a.m. CDT; updated 9:09 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 5, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon is returning to Joplin to talk about replanting trees in the southwestern Missouri city.

Joplin lost thousands of trees in the May 22 tornado that also destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and killed more than 160 people.

Wednesday's trip took Nixon first to nearby Duquesne, which also sustained heavy tornado damage.

Nixon planned to attend an afternoon tree-planting at a Duquesne elementary school before holding talks in Joplin with officials and conservation groups on replacing trees there.


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Richard Saunders October 5, 2011 | 1:30 p.m.

Good thing we've got such a top-notch governor in Missouri, otherwise, those folks in Joplin might've never seen another tree again.

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