The May 22 tornado that killed 161 people and left much of Joplin in ruins was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press' top story in 2011 by editors across the state. That was followed by the intentional breach at Birds Point, which sent water rushing over southeast Missouri farmland in a bid to save the upstream Illinois town of Cairo.
Nixon wants Mo. universities to consider tapping into reserves to plug hole in budget
Gov. Jay Nixon wants five Missouri universities to consider tapping their reserves and provide funding to the state's higher education system. Nixon's proposal would call for the universities to provide the state $107 million from their reserves. The state would use that money to help avoid deep funding cuts to Missouri's public colleges and universities. The state would repay the schools over seven years with money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.
Joplin High School had a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to recover from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed over 160 people.
Missouri college students and staff are being asked to donate a weekend or a holiday this semester and take part in ongoing relief efforts in Joplin.
On May 22, the southwest Missouri city was devastated by a massive tornado that killed more than 150 people. A campaign called “Show Me U Care” is recruiting groups of students, faculty and staff from college campuses across Missouri to travel to Joplin and help rebuild homes and provide other needs.