LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Freezing temperatures will develop later tonight, causing damage to flowers and plants that are left exposed to the cold. Be sure to bring in your potted plants before you go to bed, as lows drop into the lower to mid 20s...about 25 degrees for Knoxville and Oak Ridge.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Some federal money pledged to tornado-ravaged Joplin and other disaster sites is being diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene.
Bob Josephson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday that FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund is running low. He says individual aid to victims of the May 22 tornado that destroyed about one-third of Joplin will continue, but money for long-term public repair and rebuilding projects will be used for immediate disaster relief on the East Coast.
Josephson says it will be up to Congress to restore funding to Joplin and other places hit by disasters earlier this year. Those areas include parts of Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tells The Associated Press she will work to ensure that Joplin gets the promised money.
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