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Missouri schools build tornado safe rooms Published: May 19, 2014

Nixa, Mo. — It’s been almost one year since a giant, EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and leveling the city, NBC News reports.

The twister, Moore’s worst in 14 years, ripped off the roofs and walls of two elementary schools, ending the lives of seven of its students and galvanizing their families to push for a law that would provide the state’s 1,800 public school buildings with tornado-safe rooms.

Months later, the ballot initiative is still ensnared in a legal battle over how to pay for the new safety measures. But some of Oklahoma’s northeast neighbors have been hard at work fortifying their schools and revising their tornado drills in the wake of their own game-changing storm: the deadly twister that whipped through Joplin, Missouri in 2011.

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