Arkansas Tornado 2014

Stories resulting from the deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas on Sunday, April 27, 2014. 

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The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that more than $2 million has been approved to help Arkansans recover from last month's severe storms.

FEMA has approved nearly $1.7 million in Housing Assistance to individuals and families in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties whose property was damaged or destroyed. More than $355,000 was also approved to be used to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Less than a month after a deadly tornado outbreak devastated their community, more than 200 students graduated from high school in Vilonia.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 209 seniors graduated during a ceremony Saturday on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Last month's storms that tore across the state killing 15 people were not far from the students' minds.

Arkansas' congressional delegation says Gov. Mike Beebe has added 11 counties to the state's major disaster declaration request to help in the recovery from last month's deadly storm.

The two senators and four U.S. House members say in a news release that they wrote to President Barack Obama and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier Monday in support of Beebe's request.

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Arkansas Community Foundation on Thursday joined a growing list of organizations and government agencies  attempting to aid the recovery effort after last week’s tornado damage. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

From their office in Conway the non-profit’s President Heather Larkin announced plans to distribute grants to a myriad of organizations with the intent of supporting intermediate and long-term rebuilding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a disaster recovery center to assist Arkansans affected by last month's severe storms.

The agency announced the center will open Thursday in the hard-hit town of Mayflower. It will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Recovery specialists from across the state, FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the IRS, the American Red Cross and other agencies will be at the center to answer questions.

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By air and by foot, President Barack Obama got a look Wednesday at communities in Arkansas that were devastated by last week's deadly tornadoes.

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President Barack Obama has arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base ahead of his planned tour of tornado damage in Arkansas.

Air Force One landed around midday Wednesday. After exiting the plane, Obama greeted Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim Griffin and other leaders.

The White House says Obama plans to meet with families who were affected by the tornado, first responders and recovery workers.

After a deadly tornado ripped its way through central Arkansas, the mother of two boys killed in the storm and her husband are in stable condition in a Little Rock hospital.

A family friend says that Daniel and April Smith suffered multiple injuries caused by last week's EF4 tornado, but are in stable condition.

Friend Jessica Sowards says Daniel has a skull fracture, deep cuts and a shoulder injury. April has a broken pelvis, hairline fractures in both of her legs, minor lacerations and had suffered a collapsed lung.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is extending the deadline to apply for and accept financial aid for students in five counties with tornado or flood damage.

The department says students in Faulkner, Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties have until July 1 to apply for and accept financial aid, including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Each county has been declared a disaster area by Gov. Mike Beebe following tornadoes and flooding. The deadline for students in all other counties remains June 1.

The state Department of Human Services says residents in a central Arkansas county affected by last week's severe weather can pre-register for disaster food assistance.

Officials say starting Tuesday, Faulkner County residents can pre-register from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a Conway mobile unit - located at 1000 East Siebenmorgen - for the Disaster-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.