JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A new engineering report says Joplin homes destroyed in the 2011 tornado were poorly built to withstand wind.
The American Society of Civil Engineers study also shows that most of the damage caused by the Joplin tornado that killed 161 people and leveled a wide swath of the southwest Missouri city was caused by wind speeds of 135 mph or less, which is equal to an EF-2 tornado.
The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/102NFhC ) the ASCE team concluded that because the structures were poorly built to withstand wind, flying debris from houses made damage worse.
The report says if the houses in the tornado zone had been built with hurricane ties, which fasten the rafters and trusses to exterior walls of a house, the damage would have been reduced.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The FBI is seeking help from the public in the search for two suspects allegedly involved in a four-state auto theft ring.
The FBI says that since 2008, more than 100 vehicles were fraudulently obtained from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Authorities are searching for two men believed to live in St. Louis city or county: Reginald Dante McNeary and Morris Allen Davis. Both are considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 314-589-2500 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
The Cardinals have announced that rookie right-hander Michael Wacha will get the start on Thursday against the Royals. He'll be promoted from AAA Memphis. The 21-year-old was the Cardinals #1 draft selection out of Texas A&M. Wacha is currently 4-0 and leading the Pacific Coast League with a 2.05 ERA. The Cardinals will announce a corresponding player move prior to Wacha's start Thursday night.