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's largest employers were destroyed by the tornado, but the city is determined to retain jobs.
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.
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.
Gov. Nixon signed three orders that will aid victims of the Joplin tornado.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Joplin school district has located all staff and most of its students. Repairs began today on one middle school, with more to follow.
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.
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.
This week's tornado strikes in Oklahoma have left 10 people dead, and some are still missing.
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.
Several twisters touched down across the state Wednesday and destroyed buildings and school buses, and the possibility of a disaster as serious as Sunday's tornado in Joplin made severe thunderstorms and funnel clouds all the more threatening to Missourians.
Joplin residents reflect on the damages caused by Sunday's tornado, which destroyed some areas of the town and left others virtually untouched.
Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr said search and rescue efforts will continue.