Tornado levels Joplin

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Joplin welcomes President Obama

People lined the streets in Joplin as President Barack Obama came to survey the destruction and speak at a memorial service on Sunday.

Delta Chi fraternity collects more than 10,000 items for Joplin

MU's Delta Chi fraternity held a week long drive to aid the Joplin tornado relief effort.

Hospital near Joplin adds extra labor rooms

Fifteen miles from Joplin, a Carthage hospital has increased its labor and delivery capacity to handle patients who would have been treated at the now-evacuated St. John's Regional Medical Center.

Number of unaccounted for drops to 40 in Joplin

Next-of-kin notifications have been made for many of the deceased. More than 130 people have been reported killed in the storm.

UPDATE: Joplin official lowers tornado death toll to 139

Joplin's death toll following the deadly tornado is on the rise, and families continue to search for missing loved ones. After incidents of mistake identification, authorities are using DNA tests and dental records to assist them.

UPDATE: 2011 now deadliest year for tornadoes since 1950

Joplin's death toll is now at least 142, with 100 still missing.

DEAR READER: Covering the Joplin tornado a moving, life-changing experience

It's difficult to express the magnitude of the disaster through words and pictures. To get the full scope, you have to be there.

Restaurants raise funds for victims of tornado in Joplin

Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar, D. Rowe’s and Harpo’s planned special events that will give their customers a chance to help.

Jamie McMurray to honor Joplin during Coca-Cola 600

The Sprint Cup driver plans to return to his hometown to assist victims of the tornado. His No. 1 Chevrolet will sport "Joplin, Mo." in the Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 in tribute.

PHOTO GALLERY: Joplin rebuilds and recovers after tornado

Joplin residents adjust to life after the devastating tornado, while beginning the arduous process of rebuilding their home.

Death toll from Joplin tornado rises to 132

Authorities said they believed many of the missing were alive and safe but simply hadn't been in touch with friends and family, in part because cell phone service has been spotty. There are still 156 people unaccounted for in the tally.

Joplin Chamber: 4,000 jobs affected by tornado

Joplin's largest employers were destroyed by the tornado, but the city is determined to retain jobs. 

UPDATE: Search for tornado's missing finds few amid debris

On Thursday, the state said 232 people are still considered "unaccounted for" in Joplin, and that some of those are among the 126 people killed by the storm. 

UPDATE: First person on Joplin missing list found alive

The search continues for those on the Joplin missing list. Authorities believe most people on the list are alive but haven't been able to get in touch with family and friends.

Missouri governor waives fees for replacement documents

Gov. Nixon signed three orders that will aid victims of the Joplin tornado.

List released of 232 still missing after tornado hit Joplin

A list of names of people who are still missing was released Thursday morning and has been posted online. Officials said 232 people are unaccounted for.

'Tornado Alley' reactor not fully twister-proof

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission deemed equipment and storage areas at the Wolf Creek nuclear plant, which is 150 miles from Joplin, un-secure weeks before the Joplin tornado.

First person on Joplin missing list alive

Sally Adams, 75, was found with her cat Thursday. She was the first person named on the list of people who have been missing in Joplin since a tornado struck on Sunday.