The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday that all persons previously reported as unaccounted for following the May 22 Joplin tornado had either been located or confirmed deceased.
Of the 268 people reported missing as at 1 p.m. Wednesday, 144 had been reported located and 124 confirmed dead, according to the Public Safety Department’s website, which says, “This list is final.”
“That brings the number of unaccounted-for individuals to zero.” more >>
President Obama told Joplin, Mo. residents Sunday at a memorial service for tornado victims that after the news cameras leave and the media turn their attention to other topics, the country will still be with Joplin in its effort to rebuild.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Joplin will rebuild. And as president I can promise you that your country will be with you every single step of the way,” declared Obama at Missouri Southern State University, inciting roars of applause and whistle-blowing.
“The cameras may leave, the spotlight may shift, but we will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored and this community is back on its feet,” he shouted amid loud clapping and shouts of support. “We aren’t going anywhere!” more >>
A Joplin, Mo., official said the number of people missing since last week's powerful tornado is down to 40.
Just the evening before, the number of people still unaccounted for was 100. But Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said the figure had dropped to less than half as of today, according to The Associated Press.
Sadly, however, the drop is due to relatives being notified that their love ones had died, rather than because of rescue efforts. more >>
Joplin, Mo., officials reported that 232 people remain missing since Sunday's tornado.
Four days after the southwestern Missouri city was pulverized by the deadliest twister in more than six decades, emergency workers and relief groups continue to search for the many who are still unaccounted for.
Just after city officials released the latest missing persons number on Thursday, a number of them were found alive and safe. According to The Associated Press, at least a dozen of the 232 listed as missing were found to be fine but just hadn't been able to contact friends or family. more >>
The teen convert to Christianity who ran away from her Muslim family last summer is fighting to stay in the United States.
An attorney for Rifqa Bary asked an Ohio judge Monday to declare that the girl is unable to reunite with her parents by her 18th birthday. The order would allow Bary to apply for immigration status and avoid possible deportation to her homeland, Sri Lanka.
Though there is no move to deport Bary at the moment, her attorney, Angela Lloyd, said reconciliation is unlikely to happen by her client’s 18th birthday, which is Aug. 10. Lloyd said obtaining special status for Bary is urgent. It is feared that if the teen is returned to Sri Lanka she will be harmed or killed by Muslim extremists. more >>
This week, thousands of people across American will observe the National Salvation Army Week through prayers and donations to their local chapters. Many of the chapters will also honor their patrons by holding banquets and luncheons throughout the week.
Currently, Salvation Army is at work in more than 109 countries around the world, battling poverty, hunger, disease, abuse, loneliness and other enemies of mankind. Every second week of May has been dedicated the National Salvation Army Week, and many more red-kettle volunteers will be taking up their post in lieu of the anniversary.
The following is a brief history of the Salvation Army, as posted on their newssite: more >>