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Mo. lawmakers to aid in Joplin tornado cleanup

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers will be lending a hand to the post-tornado cleanup effort in Joplin. And they may take a deeper look at the state’s disaster response efforts.

Republican House member Donna Lichtenegger, of Jackson, says a group of lawmakers and staff will be heading to Joplin this week to aid in the cleanup. She says they plan to spend all day Wednesday there.

House Speaker Steven Tilley, of Perryville, says he also is considering appointing an interim committee to review the state’s disaster response and its aid to communities.

That review would come after a particularly harsh spring in Missouri, highlighted by the deadly tornado in Joplin, another tornado that hit the St. Louis airport and severe flooding along the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri.

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