Tornado levels Joplin
As of Sept. 1, more than $1 billion in insurance payments has been made to people affected by the May tornado. The storm damaged or destroyed 8,000 homes and businesses.
Joplin officials are working to gain state permission to use a portion of the Missouri taxes paid by local businesses to redevelop areas destroyed from the May tornado. The proposal has passed the Missouri House.
Missouri baseball will play the University of Iowa on Oct. 8-9 to raise money for the Joplin Little League program.
A concert that was planned to take place in Joplin to raise money for tornado relief was canceled after controversy surrounding how funds to cover the cost of the concert would have been raised.
A feeling of normalcy is returning to Joplin, and high school football is a driving force behind it.
The country singer withdrew from a performance at a 9/11 concert after concerns came out about the event's fundraising.
The deadline applies only to structures not planed for reuse.
The flag, which flew from a building across from ground zero in New York, was restored by survivors of a 2008 tornado in Kansas. On Sunday, survivors of the Joplin tornado will have a hand in putting the final stitches in the flag.
The Rock Bridge softball team competed in a tournament in Joplin on Aug. 25 to 27. The damage they saw and the community they served had a much bigger impact on the Bruins than the team's 4-1 tournament record.
Joplin could benefit from legislation unveiled Tuesday that seeks to provide $6 billion in new disaster aid.
The new St. Mary's Elementary School was funded by various donations, including $950 from a 12-year-old who gave up birthday presents to raise money.
Jayme and Chris Harper's house was destroyed by the May 22 tornado, but their daughters are safe and home from the hospital. The family is humbled by the show of support from their family, friends and neighbors.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday there is "a solid shot" of including the tax break on the agenda for the legislative session that begins next Tuesday.
With a budget shortfall that could be $5 billion, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is only paying for "immediate needs" of disaster-stricken communities.
The move is raising concern of Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Volunteers from Columbia worked in Joplin on Saturday by removing debris left by the May 22 tornado.
Columbia residents flocked to Joplin on Saturday to help with continued relief efforts after an F-5 tornado devastated the town.
The Missouri Housing Development Commission estimates the $100 million in tax credits could fund about 450 housing units.
A housing plan approved Thursday sets aside millions of dollars for tornado relief in the state and includes incentives to develop homes for people with disabilities.