Farmers must wait for fields to dry out before planting more [Photo]

Recent rainfall levels have put the corn growth behind schedule because the soil is too saturated. Planting corn from this date on can decrease the overall yield by 25 percent, said Bill Wiebold, MU plant sciences professor. If farmers have to wait until June to plant corn, he said, the yield decreases even more.

Rain might be too much for corn crops [Photo]

This corn, at John Forsee’s farm in Hartsburg has been submerged because of the rising water table from the recent rain. Hartsburg resident Wayne Hilgedick said, "When the river is up a long time, like it has been, then the seep water just comes up." Hilgedick said that some of the corn will drown, and it’s almost too late to replant.

Missionary work in Kazakhstan [Photo]

Scott Parsons dressed like a doctor at the orphanage. "It was flu season, and we had to be extra cautious to make sure that the kids do not get sick," he said.

Pinkel becomes face of motocycle safety [Photo]

MU football coach Gary Pinkel has become the new poster child for motorcycle safety. He will appear in a series of ads for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety's "Share the Road" campaign.

Rukus Ball roll raises money for gifted program [Photo]

Duncan Galen, 12, climbs out of a Rukus Ball that is held by Scott Troske during a fundraiser for Columbia Public Schools' gifted program Tuesday evening at Cosmo-Bethel Park. After Superintendent Chris Belcher rolled down the hill, children at least 12 years old were able to have a turn.

Helping to get the ball rolling [Photo]

Owen Arnold, 2, helps push the Rukus Ball down the hill for the gifted program fundraiser Tuesday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Arnold said, "That's awesome," as the ball began to roll.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany [Photo]

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany laughs as he talks with the media Tuesday in Chicago at his conference's spring meetings.

Stella Pruitt poses with Google logo [Photo]

Stella Pruitt and her gifted teacher Connie Hayward pose for a photo with Pruitt's design for a new Google logo on Tuesday morning at Smithton Middle School.

Smithton student a regional finalist in Google logo competition [Photo]

Stella Pruitt poses for a photo with her parents, Michelle and David, after an assembly Tuesday morning at Smithton Middle School. Pruitt designed the Google logo seen here and is a regional finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition. If she wins, Pruitt will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and Smithton Middle School will receive a $25,000 computer lab.

Joseph Sparks [Photo]

Joseph Sparks is master’s candidate in journalism at Mizzou.

Group protests police actions [Photo]

Greg Williams attended the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday to make a stand against the Columbia Police Department. After the release of a video showing the SWAT team entering a house in Columbia, Williams has tried to start a new group, "Stop Brutality."

Adventuring racing [Photo]

Rodney Atkinson, Joe Bechtold, Dwayne Miller and Andy Pele finish the 30-mile biking portion of the LBL Challenge Adventure race on April 10 in Kentucky.

Voicing opposition to SWAT raid [Photo]

Kelly Maddy, center, from Joplin, attended the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday night. "I am here to stand in solidarity against police brutality," Maddy said. Greg Williams, right, is also in opposition to the actions of the Columbia Police Department's SWAT team during a raid of a house in February.

Speaking out against SWAT team raid [Photo]

Spencer Pearson and Holly Henry speak out during the City Council meeting on Monday against the February SWAT team raid by Columbia police. The SWAT team entered Jonathan Whitworth's house with a warrant and killed his pitbull and injured another dog in the house. Whitworth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia and was fined for $300. "No one is going to take this seriously unless we stand up," Henry said.

Flooding closes roads on St. Louis riverfront [Photo]

Directional signs are surrounded by Mississippi River floodwaters on the riverfront in St. Louis on Monday.

Flooding closes President Casino in St. Louis [Photo]

Flooding on the Mississippi River in St. Louis blocked the entrance to the President Casino on Sunday, forcing it to close. Continual rain over the past week has caused flooding on several rivers in Missouri, and flash flooding has killed two people.

Former mayor greets IBM leader [Photo]

Former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman greets Tim Shaughnessy, senior vice president for IBM Global Technology Services, during a press conference Monday to announce that IBM would be opening a service center in Columbia and creating 800 new jobs. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, participated in the announcement, too.

Announcing IBM plans for Columbia [Photo]

Mayor Bob McDavid says that the people of Columbia are the reason that IBM came here to establish one of its new locations on Monday. Also participating in the announcement were Tim Shaughnessy, senior vice president for IBM Global Technology Services, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Governor praises IBM project [Photo]

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the new opportunities that IBM is bringing to Columbia, including 800 new jobs. Dave Griggs, left, chairman of REDI's board of directors, gave the opening address on Monday afternoon.

Welcoming IBM to Columbia [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon welcomes Tim Shaughnessy, senior vice president for IBM Global Technology Services, to Columbia on Monday to introduce the opening of an IBM service center in Columbia. Dave Griggs, left, chairman of REDI's board of directors, gave the opening statement.