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The Salvation Army continues to provide relief efforts in Joplin, seven years after a tornado killed 161 people there.  More than 7500 homes and 500 businesses were destroyed when the tornado hit on May 22, 2011.  To date, the Salvation Army said it has spent $8.3 million on Joplin relief efforts.

The organization helped with immediate needs such as food, water and basic necessities.  The Salvation Army continues long term recovery in Joplin including counseling, home repairs and home and storm shelter projects. 

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The Salvation Army has begun taking applications for its 2017 Back-to-School Assistance Program.  Families seeking help with school supplies and clothing for the upcoming school year can apply at The Salvation Army’s main office located at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway.

Sign-up continues through July 28, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Applications will also be taken today (7/17) and July 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Families should take a photo ID and social security cards for everyone in the household and a current piece of mail.

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The warmer weather is bringing more calls for service and has prompted caution from officials amid an extended heat advisory.

In Taney County, paramedics have been called to numerous heat-related calls in the past two weeks.

Johnathan Tudor, public information lieutenant of the Taney County Ambulance District, says that he has responded to five calls in his last two shifts. That’s compared to just one such call last year.

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A heat advisory is in effect starting at noon today and going through tomorrow evening.  That means a period of hot temperatures is expected., and the heat and humidity could lead to heat illnesses, according to the National Weather Service.  It’s offering suggestions for staying safe including drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air conditioning and staying out of the sun if possible.  Check on relatives and neighbors.  If you have to work outside, take frequent breaks.

According to CoxHealth, common signs of heat-related illness are: 

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Homeless services in the Ozarks are seeing their funding cut.  According to Community Partnership of the Ozarks, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—HUD—has confirmed the Springfield-Greene, Christian and Webster Counties Continuum of Care will lose federal funding for what they call “several key homeless service programs.”