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Joplin recovery

First round of new Joplin schools now open

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was on hand Wednesday to help officially open Soaring Heights Elementary School.

Photo rescue group plans Joplin handover event

The National Disaster Photo Rescue collected more than 35,000 photos after the deadly May 2011 twister.

Rebuilding since Joplin tornado has cost about $837 million

The city's building permit statistics also show 1,100 new homes have been built since the tornado, which killed 161 people.

Joplin to receive 32 FEMA storm shelters

The Joplin City Council decided this week to use half of the shelters on public property and approved a process for organizations to apply for the remaining shelters.

Joplin remembers tornado, pushes for recovery

More than 4,000 damaged homes have been repaired. Nearly 1,100 are completely rebuilt. City officials estimate population losses at just 5 percent from the 2010 Census.

Joplin prepares to mark second anniversary of tornado

Joplin officials said tents will be set up throughout the city's Cunningham Park. The tents will highlight efforts to restore various elements of the community, including its housing, schools, trees and businesses.

Center that helped Joplin tornado victims to close

With fewer than 35 people still living in the Federal Emergency Management mobile homes, officials will move the center's services to a downtown Joplin YMCA.

Landmark tree comes down in Joplin

The storm twisted the elm almost 180 degrees, and a 6-foot pole went through the center.

After Joplin storm, mystery persists around fungus

Thirteen Joplin tornado victims contracted an aerosolized fungus called apophysomyces trapeziformis.

Missouri National Guard winding down work in Joplin

At one point after the May 2011 tornado, the guard had 377 personnel in Joplin providing security, working traffic checkpoints and helping establish a mobile medical unit.

FEMA trailers in Joplin slowly emptying

Those who remain in the trailers will have to start paying rent in January.

Joplin family finds cat 18 months after tornado

Simba wandered away before the tornado hit the Kent family's home on May 22, 2011.

Joplin receives $45.3 million HUD grant to rebuild after tornado

The plans for the grant include $12.75 million to build single-family homes; $9 million for mixed-income multifamily housing; and $5.4 million to restore the city's Union Depot.

FEMA to keep temporary housing in Joplin

The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted a state request to keep its temporary housing units in Joplin until June 9, 2013.

Joplin schools get $10.9 million to rebuild

The grant will be used to build a new Irving Elementary School and an East Middle School and elementary school in Duquesne.

Joplin school district sees higher enrollment numbers

The Joplin school district is seeing higher student enrollment numbers more than a year after a tornado damaged or destroyed school buildings.

Tornado-destroyed Joplin church open after rebuild

More than 100 members of Blendville Christian Church attended the first service in the church's new worship center on Sunday.

UPDATE: AmeriCorps expanding for Joplin recovery

AmeriCorps will be adding 150 corps members in Joplin over the next three years. Rebuild Joplin will recruit local residents for the new positions.

AmeriCorps expanding for Joplin recovery

The national service group AmeriCorps plans to boost its volunteer force helping Joplin rebuild from the deadly May 2011 tornado.

UPDATE: 8 indicted on fraud charges from Joplin tornado

Each of the defendants, indicted separately by a grand jury, is accused of falsely claiming damage to their homes or property in Federal Emergency Management Agency applications for disaster benefits.

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