Tornado levels Joplin
The resilience of the tornado survivors is encouraging and inspiring. Even in times of great loss, much can be gained from witnessing such horrific events.
Gov. Nixon does not plan to use Missouri's Rainy Day fund to finance Joplin tornado aid.
Half of Missouri's $500 million reserve fund can be used for emergencies, but the state has been reluctant to use it because of budget difficulties. Money used has to be repaid within three years, and some government leaders think the time allotment should be extended.
Families displaced by recent storms can camp for for free in some Missouri state parks. Fee waivers are good for 30 days, though they might be extended later. Families need to provide their own camping gear.
Carol Jo Tate said Wednesday that the body of her son, 16-month-old Skyular Logsdon, was identified at the morgue handling tornado victims.
Joplin residents reflect on the damages caused by Sunday's tornado, which destroyed some areas of the town and left others virtually untouched.
Members of Missouri Task Force 1 and others reflect on their recent experiences with severe weather in Missouri.
The storm was one of multiple incidents of extreme weather in the Midwest on Wednesday.
Despite a newfound awareness of nature's volatility, Joplin residents are uncovering reasons to smile.
Members of Missouri Task Force 1, after three days in Joplin, were forced to seek shelter as soon as they returned to the Boone County Fire District's headquarters in Columbia.
The school district is collecting supplies and donations through Thursday morning. The donations will be picked up Thursday afternoon.
FEMA Missouri Task Force 1 helps recover bodies in Joplin with the help of search and rescue dogs.
The Chiefs joined citizens of Kansas City to donate money and resources to those displaced during the weekend's storms in Joplin and Reading, Kan.
Despite losing four schools in Sunday's tornado, Joplin's superintendent says his district will be ready to go for next school year.
The team was responsible for rescuing 13 victims, Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.
Two days after a tornado struck Joplin, residents began trying to recover from the horrific event. Hundreds of structures were severely damaged in the city.
The Joplin tornado is now the 8th-deadliest single twister in U.S. history.
A tornado that tore through Joplin on Sunday destroyed much of the city, including houses, businesses, schools and the hospital. As of Tuesday, the death toll was at least 116. Crews were still searching through the rubble.
Boone County's Missouri Task Force 1 members are among those searching the rubble in Joplin. At least 117 people were killed and an unknown number of people were injured during Sunday's storm.
The president said the federal government will use all the resources it can to help Joplin rebuild. Obama will travel to Joplin the day after he returns from a six-day trip to Europe.