The national service group AmeriCorps plans to boost its volunteer force helping Joplin rebuild from the deadly May 2011 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.
Dramatic readings of the Book of Job will be performed by David Strathairn, Paul Giamatti and Arliss Howard.
About 15 businesses in and around Joplin are working to provide the shelters, an increase from five companies two years ago.
Athletes from across Missouri will help build homes alongside volunteers as part of the Governor's Joplin Habitat Challenge.
Urban Metropolitan Development — the construction company hired to demolish three Joplin schools after last year's tornado — filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming it is owed more than $500,000.
The U.S. Department of Labor intends for the money to be used for 2,200 temporary cleanup jobs.
The city's officials are inviting any of the more than 100,000 volunteers who helped in the past year to return for the event on May 22.
Despite differences in location and culture, similar devastation from natural disasters has brought groups from both cities together in pursuit of the best way forward.
The U.S. Postal Service changed their delivery methods in Joplin's most damaged areas, though they haven't been clear in communicating to those affected by the changes.
The president will deliver remarks at the May 21 commencement. Joplin High was destroyed by a tornado, forcing students to attend classes at a nearby mall.
Souls Harbor, a 30-year-old homeless shelter, has paved the way for numerous other organizations to assist Joplin's rising homeless population.
Though fundraising efforts were successful, service agencies still do not have enough money to cover the costs incurred by last year's tornado.
Amid a vote on a $62 million bond issue to rebuild destroyed and damaged schools in Joplin, many wonder where donations to the district went.
Superintendent C.J. Huff said the money the school district has received in donations is not enough to fund the repairs and rebuilding made necessary by the May tornado.
The demolition of Joplin High School will begin as soon as workers finish pumping water from the basement and complete asbestos removal.
In the wake of devastation, many young professionals left their stable jobs to help rebuild Joplin after the deadly May 22 tornado.
After losing their homes in a deadly May 22 tornado, customers of Vivint, a Utah-based security company, are still paying bills to protect their uninhabitable buildings.
After taking a direct hit in the tornado that hit Joplin, the "Volunteer House," with messages scribbled on its walls by people from around the country, takes first steps toward preservation.
Demolition work begins Sunday at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, the hospital that was virtually destroyed in the May 22 twister.