Pittsburg Wrestles With Tornado Preparations

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ Pittsburg officials are wrestling with questions of safety, costs and liability as they try to determine the best ways to protect residents from tornadoes.

The question took on greater urgency after a May 22 tornado devastated parts of Joplin, Mo., just 30 miles away.

Fire chief Scott Crain says the city isn't closer to a solution than it was when the effort started five months ago.

The state has said Pittsburg will receive 75 percent of the $1.6 million to $2 million cost of building a community shelter that would hold 2,000 to 3,000 people.

The Joplin Globe reports that city leaders are trying to determine where to build the shelter and how to handle potential traffic congestion from people trying to get to the shelter.

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