JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - An organization that formed after a May 2011 tornado destroyed parts of Joplin is celebrating the opening of its 100th home in the southwest Missouri city.
Rebuild Joplin held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday at the home of Ron and Margaret Campbell, whose house was damaged during the tornado. The couple had begun repairs but did not have the money to complete them.
The Joplin Globe reports Rebuild Joplin began as a website after the tornado to connect people with resources. It eventually began construction projects using volunteer labor. Since November 2011, the organization has completed 47 new constructions and 53 home repairs.
Chad Carson, executive director of Rebuild Joplin, says the organization is still trying to find people who need help to recover from the tornado.
A Missouri State Representative is facing felony charges for misuse of campaign money.
Prosecutors say Representative Steve Webb of Florissant stole campaign funds and spent them on himself. The Post-Dispatch reports that Webb took a campaign contribution, deposited it in a political account, then moved the money to a personal account. Webb is the minority deputy whip. The paper also reports that Webb has taken nearly $29,000 in gifts from lobbyists--there is no limit on the amount of gifts he can take. About $18,000 of that amount has come from utility companies. Webb serves on the House Utilities Committee.
Webb's lawyer says he will surrender himself to authorities when an arrest warrant is issued.
St. Louis County Police asking for help to find a burglar who has hit Lutheran North High School for a fourth time.
The most recent incident occurred October 27. The suspect stole an Apple desktop computer from the school's counseling room. The suspect is described as a black man in his 30's. He has a mustache. The suspect was last seen wearing a green jacket, with a tan collar, gray jeans or Dockers, black shoes and black skull cap.
If you have any information on the burglary or suspect, please call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.