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Mon Mar 5, 2012, 06:00 PM

Obama to speak to graduates of Joplin school hit by 2011 tornado

The White House announced on Monday that President Obama will speak at a high school graduation ceremony in Joplin, Missouri, still recovering from last year’s tornado that killed more than 160 people.

The announcement came as parts of the South and the Midwest continued their cleanup from the latest round of severe weather that left 39 people dead, hundreds injured and caused major damage, particularly in southern Indiana.

In its announcement, the White House said Obama would visit Joplin on May 21.

The president last visited Joplin in May 2011, days after the tornado plowed through the state and struck the city of about 50,000. More than 160 people were killed, including seven students and one staff member at the high school, making it one of the deadliest tornadoes to strike the United States in decades.

The twister hit about an hour after the school wrapped up its 2011 graduation ceremony. Joplin high was among the thousands of buildings destroyed.


He still hasn't forgot us...

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xmas74 Mar 2012 #1

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Mon Mar 5, 2012, 08:39 PM

1. Wonderful!

No one has forgotten what happened down there. Ya'll are still in our minds every single day, especially when our college plays MO Southern. (MIAA action there!)

Our church was there last year for clean up and people still talk about it. They're heading down to Branson in a week for clean up and I'm afraid that before this season is over there will be more clean ups.

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