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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | May 29, 2011
JOPLIN, Mo-- Thousands of people in Joplin went to church services for the first time since the tornado hit. At Forest Park Baptist Church, leaders brought a message of hope. They hope tornado victims will use their faith to get them through this difficult time. In a city with so much pain, people pray, realizing sometimes when you've been knocked down you must kneel to get back up. "Our hope is by pointing people to God instead of becoming bitter, they end up becoming better," said John Swadley, pastor of Forest Park.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | March 7, 2012
Tornado victims in some of the hardest hit areas are trying to hold onto the things that matter most to them.  For many that includes the family pet.  A special program in Stone and Taney Counties is helping make that possible for people who lost nearly everything in last week's tornado. "They have a lot of things to worry about.  We're trying to make it for their animals one less thing they have to worry about," said Eric Hansen, with Taney County Animal Control. Hansen is one of the county workers delivering pet supplies to families that survived the tornado.  Money from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | October 7, 2011
JOPLIN, Mo. -- It's been four-and-a-half months since the tornado hit Joplin on May 22.  Still, volunteers continue to pour in to help. "Photographs -- that's your memories that's your history," Joplin resident Linda Harryman said. For some in Joplin, their history was harmed by the EF5 tornado. Harryman was getting her sister's wedding picture repaired on Friday.  The tornado ripped, wrinkled and wore some of the photo away but it's one of the only pictures not lost by the high winds.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | March 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, -- The Multi-Agency Relief Center or MARC in Branson closed this weekend. The one stop shop for tornado victims helped more than 300 families. Tuesday will mark two weeks since the tornadoes devastated parts of the Ozarks. Since that time, Governor Jay Nixon has requested federal aid and other funding has started to make its way here. The Red Cross is making long term plans with hundreds of families affected by the storms. Most of those getting assistance are low income, unemployed and uninsured.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | September 22, 2011
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Within sight of the destroyed St. John's Regional Medical Center, electrician Mark Bond looked over one of his job sites on Thursday.  Roughly 200 to 300 pounds of electrical copper wire was stolen on Wednesday night.  Bond says, for every one bad story like this that he's experienced in Joplin, there are seven more good stories. "Everybody here, longtime and short time residents, there was a feeling that we were united and it came forward (on May 22)," said Bond.
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by Cara Restelli, KY3 News and crestelli@ky3.com | January 1, 2011
ROLLA, Mo. -- It's not the New Year's Eve that Ethyl Price's family expected.  "Anything we find has sentimental value," said Ethyl's daughter-in-law. Instead of celebrating with her, they're mourning the loss of her.  "I've always been petrified of storms.  I've seen damage.  I just never thought it would hit our family," said granddaughter Lisa Price. After a day of battling critical injuries, the 76-year-old woman became the 4th Missourian to lose her life at the hands of an EF-3 tornado that ripped through Rolla at midday Friday.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | January 23, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- One of "man's best friends" brought some hope to a community recovering from the New Year's Eve tornado outbreak.  Asher is a 3-year-old Australian shepherd that disappeared after his family's home was swept away. "There was one missing link to our family that held us back from moving on," said Norma Mitchell, owner of the dog. There were scattered reports of Asher being sighted on the post.  The Mitchell family eventually secured new housing, and began the search for Asher.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News | May 22, 2012
Emily Wood:  "It's hard to believe, Ron, that it's been a year since that time, and what a difference a year makes. " Ron Hearst:  "Yeah, really.  A year ago at this time, Dave Snider was here, and he was working. I was at home, Brandon was at home, and we were all conversing on the phone.  We were watching this massive storm come out of Wichita area toward Chinook, Kansas, come eastward into Joplin.  And that thing had just a huge, huge hook echo on it.  We were really very concerned about that.  We were starting to mobilize what we do back here, because we knew it was eventually going to come into our area.  And had that storm kept going east, Emily, it would have affected the south side of Springfield.  But fortunately it turned right and kind of weakened substantially as it went down through Stone County.  It did produce some tornadoes down there eventually, but it didn't do the damage that it did over in Joplin.
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By: Chris Replogle and creplogle@schurz.com | May 20, 2013
LOCKWOOD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service confirms a tornado struck the city of Lockwood, Missouri early Monday morning. The EF-0 twister damaged a few businesses and homes in the Dade County community, including the Muncy's Grocery Store.  The tornado also uprooted several trees. The storm cut a path of nearly 100 yards and a mile long.  Wind speeds reached up to 80 mile-per-hour.  The tornado touched down shortly after midnight.  
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | May 30, 2013
GASSVILLE, Ark.-- A tornado siren sits silent in a north Arkansas town hit by a tornado in recent history.  Mother Nature has silenced one of Gassville's two sirens. It's been just over five years since Gassville was hit.  One person was killed, and now, folks take tornadoes very serious.  The February 2008 tornado took a direct hit on a mobile home park and destroyed several businesses. "The city's really rebuilt and come a long way since then," says Gassville Mayor Jeff Braim.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | May 24, 2013
MOUNT VERNON, Mo.-- With this week's devastating tornado in Oklahoma, and many others over the years, the number of storm shelters in the Ozarks keeps growing.  But even if you make it to shelter, there's a chance you couldn't get back out on your own.  Lawrence County now has a plan to take care of that concern. Gaylene Stringer enjoys her peaceful country setting, along with peace of mind when it comes to tornadoes.  "I feel very safe, and I've been in there several times so far with storms," says Stringer.
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By: Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | May 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- “Our community is really reaching out and stepping up.” Nigel Holderby with the Red Cross is not surprised by the generosity in the Ozarks. “I believe Oklahoma and the disaster that has happened in our neighboring state hits all too close to home for people who remember Joplin two years ago,” said Holderby. “With that response, we saw first hand people in need in our community. I know people remember that and know that the help is here and they are going to make sure they are a part of that because it's so important,” she explained.
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Emily Wood and ewood@ky3.com | May 23, 2013
Moore, OK - Volunteers have very busy in Moore, Oklahoma, helping the people who surived Monday's mammoth tornado.  They are also helping the ranchers who lost their animals.  Many of the horses that survived the storm are being treated at a vet clinic in norman, Oklahoma. 
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | May 22, 2013
JOPLIN, Mo  -  Thousands of volunteers and donations from across the country are helping to rebuild Joplin.  Now the city of Joplin is answering the call for help in Oklahoma. Joplin sent police officers and firefighters to Moore, Ok. The Salvation Army is also collecting supplies for survivors. The organization knows what it takes to get back on its feet.  Its new thrift store was destroyed just days after it opened when the EF-5 twister hit two years ago.  Ten Salvation Army units helped them rebuild, now the Salvation Army is returning the favor by filling up semi-trucks and sending them to Moore.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 21, 2013
NEWCASTLE, Okla. - A man in Newcastle, Oklahoma captured cell phone video of a tornado believed to be the one that eventually destroyed large portions of Moore, Oklahoma. Video uploaded to YouTube by user Charles Cook appears to show the funnel cloud dropping from the sky and meeting the ground. In roughly three minutes, the storm expands rapidly and its destructive power becomes apparent. Reddit user solvitNOW posted a link to the video on the site, saying the clip was shot by his father . "He was out that way for work today and just happened to be in the right place at the right time," he explained on Reddit.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor / info from news release and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope has begun sending trucks with emergency supplies to the Moore, Oklahoma area, the morning after a devastating tornado claimed dozens of lives there and left a path of destruction. Assessment teams with Convoy of Hope had arrived shortly after the tornadoes hit, according to a news release from Convoy of Hope. "This is only the first phase of a full-scale response that will last for many weeks, if not months," Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, said in the news release.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 21, 2013
The tornado in Moore, Oklahoma has killed 24 people, but many who survived have lost everything. We are compiling a list of reputable organizations that you can donate to and help the people affected by the storm. RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS / NONPROFITS Convoy of Hope: Text "Convoy" to 50555 to make an automatic $10 donation. The organization's website also has a page dedicated to donations for the victims in Moore. The Salvation Army: Text "STORM" to 80888 or donate using the Moore tornado donation form on the Salvation Army's website.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | May 21, 2013
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo. - Striking images of the devastation in Oklahoma are forcing people far beyond the destruction zone to think about life and death. Local storm shelter companies are receiving inquiries from people concerned about their own safety here at home. "We are constantly seeing an increase in phone and emails coming across," stated Jordan Smith, with Red Zone Storm Shelters. Red Zone sells a newer design of storm shelter, which fits into the floor of a garage.
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By: Staff | May 21, 2013
NEAR STOCKTON, Mo. -- The National Weather Service confirms a tornado struck the Stockton Lake area during Monday's severe weather outbreak. The EF-0 tornado touched down about 3 miles south of Stockton along East 1674 Road shortly after 6:30 p.m.  The tornado followed a two mile long path through the Orleans Trail public use area.  It then lifted over Stockton Lake.  Wind speeds topped 85 miles-per-hour.  The storm damaged a barn and...
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By: Staff | May 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of southwest and central Missouri. The counties include, Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Henry, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Morgan, Newton (MO), Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Stone, Vernon, Webster and Wright.  The Watch lasts through 10 p.m. Monday might.   
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