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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Thunderstorms bring heavy rain after dry conditions spark fires

Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. CDT; updated 6:36 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA — One story about dry weather conditions sparking fires last Sunday and another about a flood warning caused by strong thunderstorms just four days later both landed on the most read stories list this week. Radar showed at least 3 inches of rain fell in 12 hours on Thursday.

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Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.

  1. The Indiana Hoosiers offered freshman forward Michael Porter Jr. from Fr. Tolton Catholic Regional High School a scholarship March 28. Porter is the no. 3 prospect in the class of 2017 according to Future150.com. (3,301 page views)
  2. Missouri basketball player Zach Price was arrested twice in 13 hours this week. Price is accused of punching a 23-year-old male roommate in the face and pushing a 23-year-old female companion to the ground early Thursday. On Wednesday, the same victims were in a vehicle and were intentionally rammed by Price at least two times, police said. In a news release Thursday morning, Missouri coach Frank Haith announced that Price was suspended from the basketball program. (1,409 page views)

  3. Police identified a 16-year-old victim found dead early Thursday morning at the Providence Suites motel as Morgan Myers of Columbia. Police were dispatched to the location after receiving a call from a man who reported finding the girl unconscious in his room. The man was no longer at the scene when police arrived. The girl had been reported as a runaway and went missing early in March, according to a news release. The girl's death is being investigated as a homicide, Sgt. Joe Bernhard of the Columbia Police Department said.
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  4. Dr. Marvin Lindsey Mack, an internal medicine practitioner, died Sunday, March 30, 2014. He was 62. He went beyond medicine and gave life advice to his patients, and in doing so, created long-lasting friendships. "Well, many people, even though he was their doctor, considered him a personal friend, counselor and healer," long-time patient Vernon Niles said. "He was just as much concerned about a person's personal life as he was about their medical treatment."(871 page views)
  5. The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Boone County this week, along with a prediction of severe thunderstorms and hail early Wednesday morning into Thursday. Meteorologist Mark Britt said rain was needed relief for central Missouri. "We do need rain because central Missouri is in a moderate drought right now," he said. "As long as it doesn't come too quick and cause flooding, rain would be highly beneficial." (805 page views)
  6. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin surprised five MU professors with $10,000 each from the 2014 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. This year's recipients were John Bennett, an associate professor in the Trulaske College of Business; Ann Harrell, an associate professor of voice in the School of Music; Jeff Krug, an assistant teaching professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences; Leigh Neier, pictured, an assistant teaching professor in the College of Education; and Bryon Wiegand, an associate professor of animal science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. (602 page views)

  7. Former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe said he believes college athletes should be compensated more than they are. He offered his opinion after the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and not student-athletes, allowing them to unionize. Missouri football players living off campus receive about $850 a month for 10 months a year. Moe said he remembers teammates who sent their stipend checks home to their families in order to support them. (552 page views)
  8. Boone, Callaway, Cole and Moniteau counties were under a flood warning after strong thunderstorms Thursday morning. The warning lasted until 1 p.m. Friday. Boone County Emergency Management listed eight road closures due to flooding, including 2800 Blackfoot Road, pictured. Two women had to be helped to safety by firefighters when their car was trapped on the flooded Blackfoot Road. (502 page views)

  9. The MU-owned Manor House, an eight-story brick building available to single graduate students, will close for renovations in May 2015. Located on Hitt Street near the MU Memorial Student Union, it is one of four University Student Apartments — a housing option designed for grad students or students with families. (399 page views)

  10. More than 50 acres in Boone County burned on March 30, caused in part by dry weather conditions. The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for eastern Missouri that afternoon. One fire happened at 5220 W. Hatton Chapel Road, and another happened on West Akeman Bridge Road. (396 page views)

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