Joplin Tornado

City of Joplin

A Joplin City Council member who was mayor when the 2011 tornado struck has resigned amid conflict of interest allegations.

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Duquesne, the small community neighboring Joplin to the east, will receive $2 million for road repairs in relation to damage following the 2011 tornado.

Gov. Jay Nixon visited the town Friday on the 4th anniversary of the E-F5 tornado that struck the region, killing 161 and destroying or damaging 8,000 homes and businesses.

Nixon said the money will “repair roads in Duquesne that were damaged by the expedited removal of debris in the weeks and months following the tornado.”

KC Army Corps of Engineers

The city of Joplin says a firm tasked with tornado recovery efforts is no longer under contract.

In a news release posted to its website Wednesday, officials cited “gross negligence, fraud, and willful misconduct” in terminating both the Master Predevelopment Agreement and the Land Assemblage, Disposition and Management Services Agreement with Wallace Bajjali Development Partners.

Reedy Press

Children of all ages are invited to two Springfield-Greene County Library branches this week to hear from an author who has a book out about a dog that helped find survivors of the Joplin tornado.  Carolyn Mueller tells the story of a Weimaraner named Lily.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky talks with a nurse supervisor who was working at St. John's Regional Medical Center on May 22, 2011.