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Tornado fund board to seek more applicant information

After looking at 19 requests for funding on Monday, the board of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund decided to deny some of the requests and seek additional information from some of the applicants. The group indicated support for requests from a handful of applicants who want assistance with the moving and setting up of FEMA storm shelters. The board estimated the cost of doing that at $9,000 to $10,000 per shelter.

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East Middle School students counting down days until new school opens

Students at East Middle School said they are counting the days until they can move out of the renovated warehouse where they currently attend classes to their new school on East 20th Street. “I am so glad that we’re not in a warehouse anymore,” eighth-grader Cydney Vickers said. Of the new school, she said: “I’m really excited, actually.”