State of the Union Early Bird for May 29, 2011
May 29th, 2011
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State of the Union Early Bird for May 29, 2011

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar:  The latest on the aftermath in Joplin, Missouri..and honoring veterans on this Memorial Day Weekend.

Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET.


Joplin after one week: 139 dead, 100 missing

The death toll rose to 139, City Manager Mark Rohr said late Saturday. Earlier in the day, he had given a figure of 142. He did not elaborate on the change.

State officials say there are 142 sets of human remains at the morgue handling those killed by the storm, and some could be from the same victim.

Meanwhile, 100 people remained unaccounted for as search and rescue missions continued.

When Everything Is Gone, Including a Sense of Direction

Where is one-third of Joplin?

The tornado that carved through southwestern Missouri last Sunday leveled parts of this city of 50,000 so completely- taking landmarks, street signs, everything – that the community's inner GPS remains out of whack. Longtime residents, including the mayor, will tell you that even when on the central thoroughfare of South Main Street, they are not always sure where they stand.

Funerals the next hurdle for Joplin

The onset of the funeral season in Joplin has been delayed by the lengthy process of positively identifying the dead. Mancini and her sister, Paulla Wells, 39, knew that Cope had found their father's wallet next to his body. Yet officials refused to release it until the day before Saturday morning's funeral, Mancini said.

"It was FEMA this, FEMA that," she said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We really haven't had the chance to grieve, because we've had to do nothing but fight to get Dad back. And a lot of families are going through this. You feel helpless," she said.

When Warnings Don't Work

"We thought we were done with the 100-dead tornadoes," said Thomas P. Grazulis, a tornado historian in St. Johnsbury, Vt. "With warnings and Doppler radar, there was a lot of feeling that we were done with this stuff."


After Combat, the Unexpected Perils of Coming Home

The final weeks in a war zone are often the most dangerous, as weary troops get sloppy or unfocused. Once they arrive home, alcohol abuse, traffic accidents and other measures of mayhem typically rise as they blow off steam.

Weeks later, as the joy of return subsides, deep-seated emotional or psychological problems can begin to show. The sleeplessness, anxiety and irritability of post-traumatic stress disorder, for instance, often take months to emerge as combat veterans confront the tensions of home and the recurring memories of war.

At Tomb of the Unknowns, a ritual of remembrance

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  1. diridi

    In a plain language, Eric Cantor, and Paul Ryan both are the idiots, and thugs of GOP that do not have thinking capacity...of what so ever....true....true, and very educated....

    May 29, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  2. Somer Burgess

    I believe in paying it forward. I believe in integrity and accountability. I believe in taking care of our own and giving back. I have founded a nonprofit organization called True Blue Patriots Inc.. Our mission is to educate, aknowledge, and support the
    soldiers suffering from the unforutunate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder epidemic plaguing our military and thier families. We must all do our part to pick up the VA's slack and hold the goverment accountable for the care promised our soldiers when they signed up. Be the Example, not an Excuse! Support the home team, support our troops!
    Somer Burgess CEO/ Founder/Mother/Veteran/Nurse/Military Widow

    May 29, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. addon

    Are there still people that call themselves americans that support the GOP/Tea-hadists? The only explanation for these turd blossums is being all Faux'd up! Mentally, these people represent the stupidity that is either born of racism, a lack of common sense or constant Hannity/Limbaugh indoctrination. Seriously, a lack of finishing elementary school, might be a problem as well.

    Its going to be a tough ride over the next 15 months, with all the lies and hate the GOP has to put out to their minions in trying to elect one of the idiots in their stable of clowns. Good luck with that!

    As for me and mine, OBAMA / BIDEN 2012

    May 29, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. GI Joe

    The republicans will tell you ANYTHING to get elected, and (as witnessed over the last few months) go after women's rights, voting rights, medicare, medicaid, social security once they have the power.

    They WILL take everything from the poor and middle class and give it to the wealthy. It's always been that way, it will always be that way.

    To vote republican goes against every kindness that Jesus preached in his time on earth.

    May 29, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |