After a tornado destroyed a third of the city in May, some residents of Joplin, Mo., are finding that earlier pledges to rebuild aren’t going as planned. Jeffrey Brown reports from Joplin on how art is helping some heal and how some people looking to rebuild homes, businesses and playgrounds are running into stumbling blocks. Continue reading
The clean-up and recover efforts continue in Joplin, Mo. three days after an F5 tornado killed at least 125 people and destroyed 7 miles of property. New storms threatened the region on Tuesday night, killing 12 in Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma where a 3 year old is still missing. Continue reading
A new round of storms across the Midwest on Tuesday killed at least 14 people and leveled many homes in Oklahoma City, its suburbs and towns to the north and south. In Joplin, Mo., crews continue to look for survivors of the major tornado that struck there on Sunday. Kwame Holman reports. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, a White House spokesman said the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden won’t affect the scheduled start of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in July. In Syria, human rights activists reported more than 1,000 people have been arrested in an escalating government crackdown on demonstrators. Continue reading
Severe flooding, high winds and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, leaving at least 10 people dead in Arkansas after a spate of violent weather on Monday. Jeffery Brown has the latest on the rescue operations and emergency evacuations. Continue reading
In “Winter’s Bone” — originally a novel by Daniel Woodrell and now a film by director Debra Granik — 17-year-old Ree Dolly must find her troubled father who has disappeared just as he put up the family’s house as bail. Now the head of the family, Ree bravely starts a dangerous search in order to keep her younger siblings and mother from being turned out into the cold.
As part of his ongoing series of reports making sense of the economy, Paul Solman revisits a Missouri manufacturer that has proven small enough to succeed in the era of “too big to fail.” Continue reading
Facing a $50 million deficit, the Kansas City, Mo., school board voted this week to close 29 of the city’s 61 public schools. Ray Suarez talks to Superintendent John Covington about the board’s decision. Continue reading
Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores Kansas City, Mo., home to one of 12 regional Federal Reserve banks and a crossroads for the U.S. economy.