Severe Weather
5:20 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

New, ramped-up tornado warnings to start Monday

Joplin residents look through the remains of their house on May 24, 2011, two days after an EF-5 tornado devastated the city.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

As of Monday, the National Weather Service will be issuing a new kind of tornado warning in Missouri and Kansas.

The new, more forceful and explicit messages are designed to get attention and drive people to take shelter during dangerous storms.

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Lambert Airport
3:48 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Tornado-damaged C Concourse to reopen at Lambert Airport April 2

A screen capture of a video of the inside of the entrance of Terminal C at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as a tornado descended on the building on April 22, 2011.
(Screen Capture via YouTube)

Remember seeing this video? This was what happened to the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport almost a year ago.

The video shows what happened when a tornado ripped through the St. Louis area. The good news? The damaged C Concourse is about to reopen.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Morning headlines: March 22, 2012

Gregg Williams, newly named defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. Formerly with the New Orleans Saints, Williams has been suspended indefinitely from the NFL due to his involvement in a "bounty system" with that team.
(New Orleans Saints Press Kit)

Gregg Williams apologizes

Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is apologizing to the NFL, to St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams organization and football fans in general for running a bounty pool while he was in New Orleans.

Williams was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday by the NFL, and the Rams say he'll be eligible for reinstatement after the season.

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Tornado Drill
11:34 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Missouri to hold statewide tornado drill today

The state of Missouri holds its statewide tornado drill today at 1:30 p.m. Pictured is a warning siren in Kansas.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

At 1:30 p.m. today the entire state of Missouri will hold a tornado drill. So, if you hear warning sirens, don't worry, it's just a drill. However, if you notice any problems, such as malfunctioning alerts or warning sirens, tell us about them here in the comments, on our Facebook page or through Twitter (@stlpublicradio).

Because it's always good to be prepared, here's a website from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency with more information on tornadoes, including the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch, and tips on getting to a safe place no matter where you are when a tornado threatens your area.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Morning headlines: March 12, 2012

Residents take in some of the damage after a severe storm hit in the early morning hours on February 29, 2012, in Harrisburg, Ill.
UPI/Paul Newton/The Southern

Southern Ill. denied federal disaster aid

The parts of southern Illinois destroyed by deadly storms and a tornado last month will not be declared federal disaster areas.

U.S Senator Dick Durbin says FEMA's decision will make it tough on local government, businesses and individuals affected by the storms.

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Harrisburg tornado
1:55 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Death toll from Harrisburg tornado up to 7

A seventh person has died from injuries suffered in an EF-4 tornado that devasted the small town of Harrisburg, Ill.
(UPI/Steve Jahnke /The Southern)

Authorities in southern Illinois say a seventh person has died from injuries suffered in the EF-4 tornado that slammed into the town of Harrisburg on Feb. 29.

Saline County coroner Doug Watson says 70-year-old Donald Smith, a retired coal miner from Harrisburg, died Wednesday night at a hospital in Indiana. Smith's wife remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Most of the victims, including the Smiths, lived along a street that took the brunt of the storm, which authorities say was 200 yards wide and packed sustained winds of 170 miles per hour.



Leap Day Storms
3:15 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Governor Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration in response to "Leap Day" storms

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for the recovery from the severe storms that hit the region on Feb. 28 and 29.
(UPI/Ryan Dean)

Mo. governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for 18 Missouri counties hit by last week's violent storms.

Nixon said Wednesday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for parts of southern and northern Missouri struck by tornadoes, hail and high winds on Feb. 28 and 29. The weather was blamed for three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread property damage.

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Morning Round-up
8:51 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 2, 2012

A Mo. House member is sponsoring legislation to restrict vasectomies
(via flickr/ensign_beedrill)

Mo. House member proposes restriction on vasectomies

A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies. 

Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would only allow vasectomies when they are necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. The vasectomies would have to be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or health facility licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, home of the St. Louis Rams.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

CVC: Rams do not accept dome proposal

According to a statement from the the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission released this morning, the St. Louis Rams have turned down the CVC's $124 million plan to overhaul the Edwards Jones Dome.

The CVC's plan included adding 1,500 new club seats, installing a massive 96 foot-long scoreboard over the center of the field and adding windows for more natural light.

The CVC says the team "will submit their own proposal to improve the Edward Jones Dome on or before May 1, 2012."

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Developing: Leap Day Storms 2012
4:28 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Deaths, damage following sweep of severe storms through Branson, Mo., Harrisburg, Ill.

A view of downtown Branson, Mo. after a tornado swept through the area on Feb. 29, 2012.
(via Missouri Department of Transportation)

If you have photos of the storms in Harrisburg, Ill. or Branson, Mo., please email web producer Kelsey Proud at

Updated 4:22 p.m. with National Weather Service map:

Here's a map released by the National Weather Service of the path of the tornado that roared through Branson. You can track the path of the storm as it gained speed:

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