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Flooding at Wayne and Brandon roads [Photo]

Reader Renee Hulshof shared this picture of the intersection of Wayne and Brandon Road. She said the water that looks like a river is actually the road. It was deep, and moving really fast. In that same neighborhood, she reports that one city drain backed up into a neighbor's patio, and then inside the house.

Route ZZ closed [Photo]

Route ZZ north of West Broadway and south of Interstate 70 was closed because of flooding on Thursday. The water began to dry up pretty quickly when the sun came out a little before noon. Jeff Thompson, a student at Columbia College who lives near route ZZ, said, “Last night there were 3 roads closed to flooding. It took me four tries to get home. It’s everywhere.”

Wednesday flooding on West Boulevard [Photo]

Reader Jamie Barnett sent in this cell phone picture, taken Wednesday on West Boulevard near Ash Street.

Richard G. Dekruyff [Photo]

Richard G. Dekruyff was arrested in connection with a July 1, 2010, shooting in Columbia.

Flooding on Ash Street [Photo]

Flooding at 1207 W. Ash Street in Columbia on Wednesday afternoon, where the water was a foot deep in some places.

At the screening [Photo]

Crystal Rosemann is in the process of beginning a Columbia chapter of the LiNK organization. The group held a screening on Wednesday night of a documentary about North Korean refugees on campus at Jesse Wrench Auditorium .

Rain floods Stags Road [Photo]

Heavy rain caused flooding on Stags Road off of Rock Quarry Drive, making the road impassable for most vehicles on Wednesday night.

DARE car show coordinator soaked after rain [Photo]

Amanda Blank, one of the coordinators for the Missouri DARE convention car show, is soaked with rain while trying to stay covered under a remaining tent Wednesday. A heavy downpour brought the car show to abrupt stop before Blank decided to start taking down tables and tents.

DARE Corvette in car show [Photo]

Detective Shawn Hornbeck, center in a wig, of the Belton Police Department drives a DARE corvette onto the parking lot of the Holiday Inn for the Missouri DARE convention car show on Wednesday.

Officer hurries to keep rain away from DARE car [Photo]

Officer A.C. Walker hurries to put the inserts back onto her DARE t-top Camaro as rain continues to fall in during the Missouri DARE convention car show Wednesday at the Holiday Inn on I-70 Drive Southwest.

Attendees of DARE car show seek shelter from rain [Photo]

As rain drives away most attendees of the Missouri DARE convention car show, the remaining people seek shelter from the rain at the back of a DARE vehicle on Wednesday.

Rafael Gely takes post as associate dean at MU Law School [Photo]

Rafael Gely is the new associate dean of academic affairs at the MU School of Law. He has 20 years teaching experience and is entering his third year at MU.

DIAGRAM: Children's Hospital [Graphic]

Renovations at Columbia Regional Hospital are part of a plan to transform the building into the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

MU Children’s Hospital is currently housed in 37,220 square feet of space at University Hospital. The move to
Columbia Regional Hospital will expand square footage to 58,600. Improvements will make the medical area at
U.S. 63 and Interstate 70 a central hub for children's health. Phase I renovations are scheduled to open for
service Sept. 14. Phase II renovations begin in November and are planned for completion in August 2011.

Children participate in Explorer Days [Photo]

Jacob Ripley and Peter Hinshaw are two children who participated in Explorer Days, a three-day program held by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Wednesday. On Wednesday, their first day, the children were taken to an open prairie near the Gans Creek trailhead, where they explored and searched for bugs and other insects to capture and analyze. They were given nets to make the catching easier, but some improvised. "I had a net, but gave it away," Coulton Doyle said. "It's more fun to catch them with your hands."

Children catch bugs at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park [Photo]

Grasshoppers, dragonflies and Japanese beetles are among the insects captured by a group of children, ages 9 to 11, during an outing at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Wednesday. The hunt was part of Explorer Days, a three-day event overseen by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Roxie Campbell, a park naturalist at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, has led this event each summer for the past 18 years, and said she does so because she sees a need to bring children out into nature. "They need to realize that prairie animals will die if there is no prairie," she said.

Missouri DNR program allows children to enjoy wildlife [Photo]

From left, Nick Litteken, Keaton Locket and William Samuels analyze an insect that was captured in a prairie at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Wednesday. The group of children was split into two groups, and each group spent time hunting and collecting insects before releasing their catch back into the wild.

Children enjoy Rock Bridge Memorial State Park [Photo]

Coulton Doyle and Bradley Snyder walk through an open prairie at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park while hunting for insects on Wednesday. The diversity of life within the prairie made for a variety of catches, but the larger insects sometimes proved more difficult to snare than their smaller friends. "Everybody catches the butterflies," Snyder said. "But everybody tries to catch the dragonflies."

Abducted girl welcomed home [Photo]

A welcome home sign adorns the lawn outside 4-year-old Alisa Maier's home in Louisiana, Mo., on Wednesday. Maier was abducted Monday night from the yard of her home and found safe 70 miles away more than 24 hours later.

VIDEO: Columbian runs for U.S. Senate with common sense platform [Video]

Francis Vangeli spoke on July 2 at his home about his reasoning behind his candidacy in the August 3 democratic primary against big-name candidate Robin Carnahan, Missouri's current Secretary of State, for a seat in the U.S. Senate. "I got tired of all these people who think they're smarter than I am," said Vangeli, "making all these stupid laws that I have to live under for the last 70-something years."

Looking up at tepee poles [Photo]

Seven tipi poles point skyward in the yard of Sydney Pursel and Justin Rodier.
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