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Tornado levels Joplin

Officials caution against reliance on tornado sirens

Missouri officials say tornado sirens may not always work correctly and can be hard to hear inside. They're not meant to be the only warning system.

An updated list of the 138 people who died in the Joplin tornado

State officials say they have confirmed, either as located or deceased, every individual who was reported unaccounted-for in the wake of last week’s tornado.

Death toll from Joplin tornado now 138

 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 to open mortgage-help office in Joplin

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.

UPDATE: Personal transportation proves difficult in Joplin after 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.

UPDATE: Missouri regulators approve electricity price jump in Joplin area

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.

Joplin elementary school declared usable by engineer

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.

Joplin urges caution from debris removal dust

As debris-removing begins in Joplin, officials warn of dust that might contain harmful material.

Missouri regulators approve electricity price jump in Joplin area

Although state official acknowledges it's horrible timing, the deal was agreed upon prior to the devastating May 22 tornado.

10 still missing in Joplin; 120 dead identified

Officials said 10 people are still missing from the Joplin tornado. As of Tuesday, 120 people who died had been identified.

Homes, businesses show scattered signs of rebuilding progress in Joplin

Nine days after the tornado in Joplin, workers are rebuilding businesses, and residents are anxious to get their homes fixed.

Federal government to pay 90 percent of Joplin cleanup costs

The federal government will cover 90 percent of the cleanup costs. Typically, it pays 75 percent of disaster-response costs.

Joplin helped by Kentucky homeless group

Twelve homeless and formerly homeless volunteers are in Joplin to assist with the cleanup effort. The group also brought donated goods.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: U.S. killer tornado statistics

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.

Environmental dangers a possibility after Joplin tornado

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.

Search for survivors continues in Joplin

Rescue workers continue to search Joplin for survivors in the face of diminishing odds.

FEMA trailers for displaced residents could help maintain Joplin population

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.

Obama tours twister-ravaged neighborhood in Joplin

The president spoke at a memorial service for tornado victims on Sunday after touring the destruction.

UPDATE: Number unaccounted for now stands at 39 in Joplin

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.

Dispatches from Joplin: Don't forget about us

Reporter Eliza Smith, a Joplin native, reflects on the tornado's aftermath and President Obama's visit.

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