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

Among the buildings damaged by Sunday's tornado in Joplin was a Pepsi Bottling Group facility, which housed close to 100,000 cans and bottles of soft drinks. Joplin faces a long road to recovery, as did Stockton and Pierce City, which were hit by storms in 2003.

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. 

Thomas evolves into complete pitcher for Missouri softball team

After revamping her mechanics and adding two pitches, Chelsea Thomas became what she is today — a finalist for Player of the Year on the brink of leading Missouri to the Women's College World Series.

PHOTO GALLERY: Preparations under way for Memorial Day Airshow

This weekend's airshow will be at the Columbia Regional Airport.

Cicada: It's what's for dinner

Cooking with cicadas is one way to accept the singing insects' arrival.

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.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Gridlock, largely inactive governor kept bad legislation from passing

We can thank gridlocks within the General Assembly for keeping harmful laws off the books.

Earleywine, Missouri softball on the brink of unprecedented success

For the third time in as many years, the Missouri softball team is on the brink of unprecedented greatness, facing the Washington Huskies at home in the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday. With four straight conference championships and back-to-back Women's World Series appearances, the Tigers have already surpassed the success of most other Missouri teams.

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.

Missouri baseball team wins again at Big 12 Tournament

The Missouri baseball team reached the semifinals at the Big 12 Conference Tournament with a 6-5 win over Oklahoma State on Thursday in Oklahoma City.

'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.

Rock Bridge 'Super Fans' boost girls soccer team

The Rock Bridge High School girls soccer team defeated Camdenton on Thursday night, 4-1, to advance to the Class 3 quarterfinals.

Homeowners in most tornado-prone states often uninsured

Many of the states recently affected by the string of deadly tornadoes have the nation's highest rates of uninsured homes, according to The Associated Press. Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is pushing for ways to make hazard insurance for homes more affordable.

Joplin school district begins recovery process

The Joplin school district has located all staff and most of its students. Repairs began today on one middle school, with more to follow.

Tornado-ravaged towns offer Joplin rebuilding models

Cities such as Stockton and Pierce City show there's hope after tragedy, especially with hard work and federal aid.

Replacement for destroyed Joplin hospital to open by Sunday

Joplin hospital owners said a temporary replacement for St. John's Regional Medical Center, which was destroyed by the tornado that tore through the city, will be set up by Sunday.

Duquesne also hit by Joplin storm

More than $1 million raised locally through social media-based effort

The fund drive began with a Facebook group called “Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery," which Brent Beshore, owner of Museao, created Sunday night.

Columbia flute studio holds first graduation ceremony

Seven seniors graduated from Lisa Thill Franck Flute Studio on Thursday, which marked the studio's first graduation ceremony. Franck's students praised her as both a teacher and a friend.

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