The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

May 27, 2011

Death toll reaches 126

JOPLIN, Mo. — The death toll from Sunday’s tornado climbed to 126 on Thursday as another body was found in the debris. There were no rescues on Thursday.

City Manager Mark Rohr said it is possible that other bodies will be discovered as the removal of debris continues in the days ahead.

On Thursday, the Missouri Department of Public Safety released a list of the missing that contained 232 names. The original list, Rohr said, contained as many as 3,000 names that were provided to the American Red Cross.

Rohr said it is his understanding that the names of the deceased are included on that list. If so, the actual number of missing is closer to 106.

The list is to be updated today to reflect the removal of names by those who call 417-659-6868 to report that they are not missing. Three people informed the Globe on Thursday that their names should not be on that list.

Gov. Jay Nixon told a large gathering of local residents on Thursday at Missouri Southern State University that he has placed the Missouri State Highway Patrol in control of that list and has provided additional resources to account for every individual.

“We will not rest until everyone is accounted for and that list is zero,” he said.


Nixon signed three executive orders Thursday to help those affected by the tornado.

One of them provides relief to Joplin-area residents who have lost their state identification or vehicle ownership documents. Under the order, the Missouri Department of Revenue will issue replacements for valid cards and documents, waiving all fees.

Those documents include driver’s licenses, nondriver’s licenses, certificates of vehicle ownership, license plates and plate registration stickers.

The second order provides emergency protections for the insurance coverage of Joplin-area residents. The order temporarily forbids insurance companies from raising rates or canceling coverage for residents of Jasper and Newton counties.

That order prohibits insurance companies from increasing rates on any policy starting on or after May 22; prohibits insurance companies from terminating coverage for any reason; requires insurance companies to provide copies of policies to consumers at no charge; and, for consumers with prescription drug coverage, requires insurance companies to cover the cost of a prescription, even if the consumer had it filled recently.

The third order directs the Missouri National Guard to coordinate and supervise the cleanup and removal of debris. The order also directs the adjutant general to call into active duty additional military personnel and equipment as necessary to execute and complete the mission.

The guard will work in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local contractors and the city of Joplin. Rohr said there is no estimate yet as to what that debris removal will cost. He said the city will apply for federal funding.

Nixon, making his remarks before a packed house in Taylor Performing Arts Center, said he was bringing every available state resource to Joplin to expedite the recovery effort. .

Among the departments that have established a presence at the university so that local residents can have direct interaction are those connected to insurance, economic development, housing development, health and senior services, natural resources, mental health, social services, revenue, and agriculture.

Text Only
Local News
  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Parents can get help with school supplies

    I don’t know much about demographics other than the fact that I no longer belong to a “targeted demographic.” When I was younger, I was bombarded by commercials and ads from companies that were trying to sell me things that I not only needed but wanted.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jasper County Commission reviews traffic plans

    The Jasper County Commission will hold public hearings today and Thursday on a number of traffic changes proposed in the county. No one spoke when the first hearing was held Tuesday as part of the regular commission meeting, according to Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner.

    July 22, 2014

  • Missouri attorney general defends his support of Amendment 1

    With a large cornfield behind him and campaign signs all around, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster appeared Wednesday at the David Collard farm to tout Amendment 1, an Aug. 5 ballot measure that would make the “right to farm” part of the state constitution.

    July 23, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

Must Read


Have you ever served as a volunteer for your state's conservation department?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter