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“Lowe’s Heroes” help with debris cleanup and rebuilding

Home Makeover
Around 90 “Lowe’s Heroes” from 10 stores in the Four States arrived this week as part of “Retailers Rebuilding Joplin”, a three-day community cleanup and rebuilding event organized by the Retail Industry Leaders Association and Operation Blessing International. “This is our community, we all live here and we’ve brought in friends and family from all over... 

Student loan payment relief for some Joplin tornado victims

News release issued by Missouri State Treasurer’s office JOPLIN, Mo. – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) said today that Sallie Mae, the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education, has agreed to put in place payment relief through September 30 for eligible student loan customers who need assistance in the Joplin area in response to the May 22 tornado. “Sallie... 

What will Joplin and Duquesne look like in 5 years?

Joplin Plans
A team of volunteers is asking the public how they want Joplin to look in five years, hoping to get answers and ideas from everyone. The Citizens Advisory Recovery Team hosted meetings on Tuesday.  More than 100 people attended the first meeting on Tuesday afternoon, eager to express their ideas. Hundreds of Post-It notes lined bulletin boards inside Memorial Middle School’s gymnasium.  The... 

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... 

Officials work to pay law enforcement overtime hours

The Joplin tornado meant extra hours worked for county employees, and at least one group of deputies haven’t gotten paid. Officers from 400 agencies helped with search and rescue and law enforcement after the May 22 tornado. The sheriff says deputies typically don’t get overtime pay but rather get comp time.  With so many hours that won’t work. Joplin will pay other agencies... 

Sheriff files lawsuit against county commissioners and others

Reported July 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM CST by Lisa Olliges:  A sheriff’s lawsuit against Jasper County officials draws a warning against talking to the press. The commission’s legal counsel at today’s commission meeting said it’s important to let the courts decide. Yesterday Sheriff Archie Dunn’s attorney filed a lawsuit contending the commission wrongly changed his budget... 
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