Daily brief (5/31): Top picks from the Springfield media

Chance of stormsToday will be partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High will be 85.

The rest of the week will be clear and hot, with temperatures headed into the 90s.

Joplin’s road to recovery

The Missouri Department of Public Safety has reported that 29 people remain unaccounted for in Joplin, and it has released the names of 113 people who died in the devastating tornado that struck last week. Please call 417-659-5464 to take a name off the unaccounted-for list.

Despite the damage, many Joplin residents plan to stay and rebuild their homes and lives in the city.

One comment by Bransonman on a News-Leader story about President Obama’s visit served as an important reminder: It will be a long road of recovery, and though thousands have poured out support to help the victims, much more help will be needed in the days and weeks ahead.

After yesterdays memoriam in Joplin several of us got together and discussed it before the fireworks at Chateua On The Lake.
We’re from all walks of life and political parties.
We all agreed Billy Long did all he could do yesterday, be respectful.
We all agreed President Obama gave a speach of encouragement and compassion.
We all agreed that we are proud to have Gov. Nixon as our Governor. He shined. He offered sincerity and hope. He gave a fabulous speech but more than that, was in Joplin every single day since the tornado.
One last thing. All of us used to live in Joplin and have family and friends who lost it all 8 days ago.
Please keep in mind, Joplin has plenty of volunteers right now but when the cameras are gone they will still need help, maybe even more.

The local media have created special pages to chronicle the coverage over the past week:

  • The Joplin Globe. Although the staff suffered losses of their own, they have bravely continued to report and cover the storm’s aftermath and recovery efforts, providing critical information for their readers.
  • KY3 and KSMU have thorough lists of ways to help, as well as links to Facebook pages dedicated to Joplin’s recovery.
  • The News-Leader has several photo galleries and interactive graphics, as well as coverage organized by day.
  • KSPR has compiled its coverage over the past week on a single page.
  • OzarksFirst [KOLR/KSFX] highlights its coverage with stars on the top of its daily list of stories.
  • The city of Joplin has also created a page of resources for the community.
  • Local blogger Randy Turner regularly updates his site with local obituaries and information.

Other picks

  • News-Leader: Memorial Day: ‘We should never forget their sacrifice.’ Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the Ozarks remember those who fought for our country. (Other coverage: KY3, OzarksFirst, KSPR)
  • OzarksFirst: Another chance today to comment on MoDOT cuts. This afternoon, Missouri Department of Transportation officials will be at Springfield’s Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Ave.) to talk about upcoming budget cuts.
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