- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Inmates at a Missouri prison have been taking care of 155 new trees that will be donated to Joplin to replace trees lost in the May 2011 tornado.

The Missouri Department of Corrections on Monday announced that oaks, tulip poplars and other trees will be donated to help Joplin recover from the tornado, which destroyed more than 15,000 trees.

The EF-5 tornado killed 161 people and damaged or destroyed several buildings.

George White Nursery in Licking donated the trees in 2011. Volunteer offenders in the Restorative Justice Program at the state prison in St. Joseph have cared for them since then.

A donation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at Cunningham Park in Joplin.

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