Emily McTavish

News Producer

Emily McTavish is a senior at Missouri State University majoring in journalism. She is also a photo editor and staff writer for Missouri State’s campus newspaper, The Standard. She hopes to continue to a career in journalism where she can use both her writing and photography skills. She is originally from Wisconsin, loves to travel, cook, bake and take photos of it all.

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The number of Federal Emergency Management Agency safe rooms in Missouri has more than doubled since an EF5 tornado hit Joplin in 2011. According to the State Emergency Management Agency, 72 FEMA safe rooms were completed across the state between 2012 and February of this year.

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The city of Joplin has been readying to observe the fifth anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that devastated the community on May 22, 2011. Joplin Proud, an organization comprised of community volunteers, is hosting a series of events starting Thursday and leading up to Sunday, May 22.

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Barry Hairston, a Springfield native, was looking at his Social Security form after he retired from 3M and realized he had been paying into the system since he was 17 as a student at Central High School. In high school, Hairston worked at Porter Solo Grocery. However, he actually had work experience before high school.

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Marlon Graves recently returned to his former stomping grounds at Springfield’s Pipkin Middle School to serve as a mentor for at-risk students through the Plan for Success program.

“I look at the halls that I roamed at one point in time, and I say to myself, I don’t know how I made it because where I see it is these kids have more of an advantage today,” Graves says. “They have more direction, they have more people giving them the yes answers and the no answers and even the in-betweens."

Whereas then, Graves says, students had more independence.

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James Timothy  Cloyd, who will take over as Drury University’s president this summer, met with members of the university and the community Saturday morning. His priorities as president, he says, will include increasing net revenue and the school's endowment, raising enrollment and delivering on the promise of opportunity at the liberal arts college.