1:26 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Federal Belt Tightening May Threaten Missouri Disaster Relief

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City won’t be getting the volume of federal funding it’s been accustomed to  for preparation against terrorist attacks and natural disasters, said Sen. Claire McCaskill, meeting with Kansas City reporters.

The Senator said the mood toward smaller government will work against paying for disaster aid the way it has been since Sept. 11.

Kansas City has been excluded from a list of to 25 cities to get  public safety and disaster aid. 

McCaskill doubts funding will return for what many consider municipal responsibilities.

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KC Currents
11:01 am
Wed May 29, 2013

New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies

Cell phone alert for tornado warning in Lyon County, Kan. on May 19, 2013.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

People in the path of severe weather (and other emergencies) now have a new way to find out about threats: text message alerts, sent straight to mobile devices.

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10:38 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Soil Cleanup Underway In Southwest Missouri

Property damaged by the 2011 Joplin tornado, which also unearthed dangerous contaminants from the town's mining era.
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When the tornado tore through Joplin and Duquesne in southwest Mo. in May 2011, not only did it kill 161 people and destroy thousands of buildings, it also unearthed something dangerous:

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KC Currents
3:30 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

KC Muslim Community Reacts To Joplin Mosque Burning

Mahnaz Shabbir, advisor to the Midland Islamic Council and the Crescent Peace Society.
CRES - Center For Religious Experience And Study

Monday, August 6th, the Islamic Society of Joplin’s mosque was burned to the ground.

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Central Standard
1:24 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Reuiniting Joplin With Their Lost Photos

Joplin's Found Photos

When the Joplin tornado struck one year ago, so much was destroyed or scattered that can never be replaced. And it became up to a few creative heroes to restore some of that order.

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8:27 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The President speaks at a Joplin graduation ceremony.  Kansas redistricting case get more plaintiffs.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Up to Date
10:41 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan On Joplin School Recovery

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Next Monday, President Barack Obama will visit Joplin, Mo, almost one year to the day after a devastating tornado ripped through the center of the city, destroying countless homes and the lives of more than 160 people.

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Central Standard
10:23 am
Tue December 20, 2011

The Rebuild Joplin Studio Project

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at UMKC's Rebuild Joplin Studio Project. For those working on it, they quickly learned that this is more than just another class, but an opportunity to rebuild a resilient Joplin.

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11:43 pm
Mon May 30, 2011

City in Dire Need, Joplin Aid

Jeff Grote is Deputy Fire Chief, debriefing Joplin action for a Kansas City Council Committee

Kansas City, MO – More is coming out about how a thrown-together setup was able to move the injured from Joplin's tornado.The critical need for more ambulances than the city could provide was worked out early in the disaster. In the analysis that came days later, three emergency services from the Kansas City area and a Springfield hospital turned chaos into something workable. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has more of the story.

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8:18 am
Mon May 30, 2011

President Obama Visits Joplin

Joplin, Mo. – After touring the destruction in some of Joplin's hardest-hit areas yesterday (Sunday), President Obama addressed a packed auditorium on the Missouri State Southern University campus. KBIA's Courtney Flatt was there and has this report.

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2:09 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Search and Rescue Continues in Joplin

St. Louis, Mo. – The tornado that slammed into Joplin on Sunday is now the eighth deadliest on record. The death toll reached 122 people last nigh. The National Weather Service has increased the rating of the storm's strength to an EF-5 - the highest category. Winds topped 200 miles per hour. Search and rescue crews rescued two more people from the wreckage yesterday (Tuesday), bringing the total number of rescues to nine.

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9:53 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Volunteers Aid in Rescue Efforts in Joplin

MOSAR (Missouri Search and Rescue K-9) assists in Joplin, Mo.
photo: Dan Verbeck/KCUR

Joplin, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants a second search of every collapsed building. But a city official says all FEMA requirements are being met, including double examinations of buildings. Relief work though has barely begun. Dan Verbeck is in Joplin and has this report.

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5:32 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Gov. Nixon Visits Joplin, Orders More Survivor Searches

JOPLIN, Mo. – The fatality count in Joplin Missouri is up to 116, and as KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is ordering a second search for survivors.

Outside the shambles of the now closed regional hospital, Governor Jay Nixon just finished speaking with reporters in the midst of a blinding lightning and thunderstorm and an eye-watering mix of spilled gasoline from scores of cars tumbled about in the parking lot.

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5:01 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

116 Confirmed Dead in Joplin; Rescue Search Continues Amid Downpour

JOPLIN, Mo. – Rescue crews in Joplin are continuing to make a block by block search for survivors of last night's deadly tornado. So far officials have confirmed 116 dead, with more expected.

KCUR's Dan Verbeck is in Joplin and says rescuers are searching an 80 square block area. The weather, he says, isn't helping.

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12:06 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Tornado Devastates Joplin

One of many fire departments on the search for the living and the dead.
Photo: Dan Verbeck/KCUR

Joplin, Mo. – [Updated: June 9, 2011: 151 people died from injuries. More than 900 people were injured in the storm.] Authorities say at least 89 have died in the massive tornado that struck Joplin. City manager Mark Rohr announced the number at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday's storm. Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly six miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town.

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9:56 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Joplin Residents Assess Damage, Continue Searches

St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
photo: Dan Verbeck/KCUR

JOPLIN, Mo. – A massive tornado that tore through the southwest Missouri city of Joplin killed at least 89 people, but authorities warned that the death toll could climb Monday as search and rescuers continued their work at sunrise.

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