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Point-in-time homeless count to include tornado victims

Destroyed Home
The Economic Security Corporation says the last point-in-time count in January showed 418 people were homeless. Next week that number is expected to increase as the Homeless Coalition will not only go to homeless camps in the woods and the shelters, they will also count those made homeless by the May 22 tornado that struck Joplin and Duquesne. Homeless Coalition chair Jennifer Pliler says the... 

High-tech mapping system keeps track of cleanup efforts in Joplin

High Tech Mapping
Reported July 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM CST by Zach Fletcher:  Agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri National Guard are using technology called Geographical Information Systems to plot out which Joplin properties have been cleaned and the progress of the debris removal efforts. Mapping is sometimes an asset we take for granted but after the May 22 tornado, the use of GIS technology... 

Joplin family receives reconstructed home

Operation Blessing International
A big surprise for a Joplin family today.  They thought they were getting a new roof, but they got a lot more. Operation blessing international gathered thousands of volunteers to help reconstruct a new home for one family. With the last cuts of a saw and a few more rocks layed, Nathan Powell and his four children have a new place to call home. For the past ten days operation blessing international... 

Church damaged in tornado salvages what they can

Church Salvage
From the road it looked like there was just minor damage, but when structural engineers checked out the Faith Assembly of God church in Joplin after the May 22 tornado they determined it had to come down. Today was the first step in rebuilding:  Demolition day. “There’s certainly emotion involved but we understand that in order to take the next step we have to take this step first,”... 

Attorney General files lawsuit against Joplin landlord

Box Properties 2
Reported July 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM CST by Zach Fletcher:  Missouri’s top law enforcement officer files a lawsuit in Jasper County circuit court against a Webb City landlord. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit against David Box Jr. for unlawfully increasing rent after the tornado. “I intend to investigate and prosecute consumer fraud in the city of Joplin with fierce... 

Do detective work when hiring for repairs and construction

Roof Repair
With the influx of contractors and construction crews coming to Joplin officials are renewing their warnings about the potential for fraud. A civil fraud lawsuit filed in Oklahoma names a company that is now licensed to do business in Joplin and Tulsa attorney Steve Capron says residents need to be cautious about verifying a contractor’s credentials. The company Capron is suing – Precision... 
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