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Minnesota teen offers help to Oaklawn residents

Fourteen-year-old Raven Caldwell spent her Friday night driving 600 miles to Wichita from Minnesota with her mother and sister.

Mobile home park residents return to rubble

The first thing some residents had to do when they returned to the tornado-ravaged Pinaire Mobile Home Park in Oaklawn was figure out which pile of rubble was theirs.

Dozens of volunteers with Red Cross, Salvation Army help feed, shelter tornado victims

Victor Bowen got a phone call at midnight to open the American Red Cross’ first shelter following Saturday night’s tornadoes in the Wichita area.

Spirit AeroSystems estimates insurance claim from tornado at $400 million

Spirit AeroSystems estimates its insurance claim from an EF-3 tornado that tore through its Wichita plant April 14 at about $400 million.

Oaklawn teachers search for their students

Teachers and staff from Oaklawn Elementary showed up Wednesday to help not with rakes and crow bars but with hugs and encouraging words.

Gawkers slowing tornado recovery efforts, authorities say

Gawkers continue to plague recovery efforts in Oaklawn, days after a mile-wide tornado hit the Wichita area.

After the storm, more decisions loom

For some in Oaklawn, moving on means just that — move! For others, it means staying put.

Storm center logs nearly 100 reports of tornadoes in Kansas

A large tornado bore down on Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport long after sunset Saturday night, taking a path that would bring it right through downtown — where country music star Miranda Lambert was performing at Intrust Bank Arena.

Dire warnings may have saved lives

As tornadoes brewed in the Wichita region late Saturday, National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser issued a new kind of bulletin that detailed just how bad things could get.

Tornadoes make appearance in Kansas couple’s wedding photos

Cate Eighmey photographed newlyweds next to a wheat field with tornadoes touching down behind them Saturday night in Harper County.

Sedgwick County Commission applies for grant to rehab Oaklawn homes

Jim Skelton wants to help people who live in Oaklawn — but he’s not so sure he wants to help landlords who rent to people who live in Oaklawn.

Tornado cleanup moves into next phase for many

Cindy Wood doesn’t dare think too far ahead.

Spirit AeroSystems could resume shipments later this week

After a Saturday night tornado tore through its complex, shutting down operations and heavily damaging buildings, Spirit AeroSystems said Monday it could begin making some shipments later this week.

Tornado survivors tell their stories

Tornadoes can do the strangest things.

Tornado that struck Wichita was a mile wide

The National Weather Service has released a map of the path taken by the EF3 tornado that struck the Wichita metropolitan area Saturday night.

Wichita in cross-hairs for violent tornadoes Saturday, forecasters warn

Conditions are ideal for a major tornado outbreak in Kansas and Oklahoma this afternoon and evening, weather officials say, and the Wichita area appears to be particularly vulnerable.

Who should pay to clear tree-clogged creek in Oaklawn?

A tangle of twisted trees, some torn out of the ground last month by a tornado, cover a creek that runs behind Deer Lake Estates in Oaklawn.

Officials provide plans for residents cleaning up storm debris

County and city administrators provided everything from large trash containers to substantial new disposal plans for residents cleaning up their property after Saturday’s tornado.

After Wichita tornado, who are economic winners and losers?

Tornadoes pick economic winners and losers as they churn through communities.

Services set for Oaklawn landlord killed by truck

Editor’s note: This story has been updated and clarified from the original version.

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