Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:
Cardinals, Royals to team up for series to benefit Joplin recovery
The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will be teaming up to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. Missouri's two Major League Baseball teams are to meet for an interleague series June 17-19 in St. Louis.
This morning as the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado risk to "high" for the St. Louis area this afternoon, meteorologist and severe weather expert Mike Smith joined us for St. Louis on the Air. Smith called this the "worst tornado season" since the 1950's and cautioned that complacency about risk can be one of the deadliest factors during any storm.
Officials in Joplin refuse to abandon hope of finding more survivors in the wreckage from Sunday night's tornado that killed at least 122 people and injured 750 more.
Rescuers are preparing to go over ground searched as many as three times already. The search has been described as "methodical" with rescuers going house-to-house searching for those trapped in the rubble.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has released information to help those recovering avoid a "storm chasers" scam
Metro Transit is providing access to public transit to St. Louis County residents whose vehicles are buried under debris. Metro Transit travels the affected communities and will help tornado victims get to where they need to go via MetroBus and MetroLink. For more information, see this link.
Catholic Charities is accepting donations and providing assistance as well: call 314-367-5500
Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626.
People in St. Louis County who need assistance or want to volunteer can call 314-615-5000.