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Sense Of Community

Joplin tornado destruction

For this Sense of Community report, we look at the science behind what makes one geographical area more prone to severe thunderstorms and tornados than another. Jennifer Moore reports.

"560 employers and over 5,000 jobs in Joplin were impacted by the tornado."

Joplin health officials are finding lead contamination in the soil throughout the tornado zone.  They believe the tornado -- and Joplin's rich history as a lead mining town -- are to blame. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has this Sense of Community Report from Joplin.

A new Chick-fil-A is "made from scratch" in Joplin after the previous one is destroyed by a tornado.

"Very Blessed"

For the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, the Spiva Arts Center presents two new exhibits related to the storm and its impact on the people of Joplin.  KSMU's Randy Stewart talks with Spiva Executive Director Jo Mueller.

KSMU's Randy Stewart revisits Joplin High School choral director Eric Eichenberger and some of his students in their temporary 11th- and 12th-grade school facility at North Park Mall in Joplin.

In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community series Michele Skalicky talks with Mercy officials about services that are being offered now that weren't able to be offered for nearly a year after the storm.

In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community, Michele Skalicky talks with Mercy Joplin President/CEO Gary Pulsipher about how far the hospital has come since a tornado destroyed the building one year ago.

In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series Michele Skalicky talks with Kip Teitsort, paramedic with CoxHealth, about the dangers of his job.