Jay Nixon

Joplin High School Commencment 2016
Michele Skalicky / KSMU

In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky highlights a celebration taking place five years after the deadly storm.

Sunday was a day of celebration for some in Joplin, a community devastated five years ago when an EF-5 tornado swept through the middle of the city.  While it was the anniversary of the deadly storm, it was also graduation day for Joplin High School.

MO Governor's Office

New U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that the City of Joplin’s population continues to grow and has reached an all-time high five years after the devastating tornado that tore through the city.

A news release from MO Governor Jay Nixon’s office says new figures show Joplin reached a population of 51,818 in 2015, up from 51,140 in 2011 before the storm.  The city first surpassed its pre-tornado population in 2014.

Nixon says, “Joplin is a shining example of what hard work, determination, faith and an indomitable spirit can accomplish.”

Gov. Jay Nixon's office / Twitter

Gov. Jay Nixon chose Missouri State University as his venue to sign the Fiscal Year 2017 higher education budget into law Wednesday.

The school in Springfield achieved all of its performance goals, equaling an increase of $3.6 million in funding.

“When we talk about holding tuition, we’ve not done that for free. Okay? We have put dollars in to make sure that at the same time we were getting increases in quality,” said Nixon. 

State of Missouri

Missouri’s governor says the Office of Administration will use a recently awarded grant to bolster the state’s ongoing efforts to strengthen cybersecurity.

Governor Jay Nixon announced the grant at the State Emergency Management Agency’s 28th Annual Missouri Emergency Management Conference in Branson.

In a news release, Governor Jay Nixon says the $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be used to host a Cybersecurity Summit and to engage with stakeholders.

The first of several ethics proposals to come out of the Missouri legislature this year has been signed into law.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1983 during a brief ceremony in his state Capitol office. It bars lawmakers and other elected officials from hiring each other as paid political consultants.