Tornado levels Joplin
The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced the increase from 134 to 138 on Thursday after confirming that four more people died in hospitals of injuries suffered in deadliest single U.S. tornado since 1950.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will open an office in Joplin next week to provide mortgage counseling to people whose homes were destroyed by the tornado.
With an estimated 18,000 vehicles destroyed in the May 22 tornado, Joplin residents and businesses are working to get their transportation situation back up to speed.
Missouri utility regulators approved a rate increase for the Empire District Electric Co., which serves the Joplin area, despite the May 22 tornado that devastated the city.
Emerson Elementary School was orignally thought to be destroyed in the May 22 tornado but was declared structurally sound by an engineer and an insurance carrier.
As debris-removing begins in Joplin, officials warn of dust that might contain harmful material.
Although state official acknowledges it's horrible timing, the deal was agreed upon prior to the devastating May 22 tornado.
Officials said 10 people are still missing from the Joplin tornado. As of Tuesday, 120 people who died had been identified.
Nine days after the tornado in Joplin, workers are rebuilding businesses, and residents are anxious to get their homes fixed.
The federal government will cover 90 percent of the cleanup costs. Typically, it pays 75 percent of disaster-response costs.
Twelve homeless and formerly homeless volunteers are in Joplin to assist with the cleanup effort. The group also brought donated goods.
Statistics provided by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center track the location and death count of all fatal tornadoes in the U.S. since 2000.
The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to discover serious pollution issues in the tornado's wake, but a systematic assessment of the impact is not complete.
Rescue workers continue to search Joplin for survivors in the face of diminishing odds.
Looking at the decline in populations of Greensburg, Kan., and New Orleans, La., after tragic storms hit those areas, FEMA considers providing temporary housing close to Joplin city limits.
The president spoke at a memorial service for tornado victims on Sunday after touring the destruction.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety released the new total Sunday evening. There are four more people who family members have reported as deceased but their deaths haven't been officially confirmed.
Reporter Eliza Smith, a Joplin native, reflects on the tornado's aftermath and President Obama's visit.
People lined the streets in Joplin as President Barack Obama came to survey the destruction and speak at a memorial service on Sunday.
MU's Delta Chi fraternity held a week long drive to aid the Joplin tornado relief effort.