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Mississippi River area pictured year before flooding by NASA satellite [Photo]

This image from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite shows the Mississippi River on April 29, 2010, a year before flooding.

Cadaver dog searches rubble after Tuscaloosa, Ala., tornado [Photo]

Tracy Sargent works with her cadaver dog Chance on Wednesday as they search a wooded area for survivors in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Authorities have said they expect the search will continue for at least another week.

Point Township, Ind., neighbors endure flooding [Photo]

Debbie Ricketts, left, and her Point Township, Ind., neighbors, Bill, center, and Hank Cox basked in the sun Wednesday on their old grain bin cement foundation they dubbed "Gilligan's Island."

Flooding engulfs homes on Oaks Road in Paducah, Ky. [Photo]

A flooded home along Oaks Road is seen in Paducah, Ky., on Thursday. Thousands of people from Illinois to Louisiana have already been forced from their homes, and anxiety is rising along with the river, though it could be a week or two before some of the most severe flooding hits.

Passengers board Missouri River Runner [Photo]

Passengers board the Missouri River Runner on April 23 at the Jefferson City Amtrak station. The line travels daily between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Maxine Birdsong and friends travel back to St. Louis on Missouri River Runner [Photo]

Maxine Birdsong stands among her friends as they gather a group to make a trip to the snack car of the Missouri River Runner. The group was riding back to St. Louis on April 23 after celebrating Birdsong's 60th birthday in Jefferson City.

Missouri River visible from Missouri River Runner [Photo]

The Missouri River is visible from the Missouri River Runner on April 23 as it makes it way from Kansas City to St. Louis.

Passengers aboard Missouri River Runner train [Photo]

Many people use the Missouri River Runner to travel between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Osgood family travels to St. Louis on Missouri River Runner [Photo]

Darcie and Chad Osgood of Gardner, Kan., relax with their son, Tyler, 3, on the Missouri River Runner as they make their way to St. Louis on April 23 to watch a Cardinals game. Darcie Osgood said that taking the train is a convenient way for the whole family to take it easy while traveling and that it saves money on gas.

Lead service attendant Rick Anderson passes out food on Missouri River Runner [Photo]

The lead service attendant aboard the Missouri River Runner, Rick Anderson of Chicago, doles out sodas and bags of chips to travelers on April 23. "Over spring break there are a lot of students on the train, and I sell a lot of ramen. When you have a lot of people come down for a Cardinals game, you sell a lot of cheeseburgers and beer," Anderson said of the trends in the foods that he serves.

Ticket stubs hang on Missouri River Runner [Photo]

Ticket stubs hang stuck along the luggage rack on April 23 on the Missouri River Runner. The Missouri River Runner makes daily trips from Kansas City to St. Louis.

Conductor Eric Peterson waits with assistant coordinator Ingrid Morales on Missouri River Runner [Photo]

Eric Peterson, conductor of the Missouri River Runner, waits with his assistant coordinator, Ingrid Morales, for the train to make it to its last stop on April 23 in St. Louis. The Missouri River Runner makes daily trips between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Conductor Eric Peterson waits outside Missouri River Runner [Photo]

Eric Peterson, conductor of the Missouri River Runner, waits outside his train on April 23 after a long day of conducting. Peterson has been a conductor for five years. "I've liked trains ever since I was a little kid. This is always what I wanted to do," Peterson said.

Search continues for victims of Tuscaloosa, Ala., tornado [Photo]

The search for victims after a strong tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Ala., will continue for at least a week, according to authorities.

Missouri softball player Marla Schweisberger vs. Western Illinois [Photo]

Missouri's Marla Schweisberger zeros in on a pitch against Western Illinois on Wednesday at University Field.

Missouri softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas vs. Western Illinois [Photo]

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas makes her delivery against Western Illinois on Wednesday at University Field. The team, celebrating Military Appreciation Day at University Field during which military personnel were given free admission, wore gold camouflage uniforms.

Missouri men's basketball coach in The Shack [Photo]

Golden Girl Faith Miller performs to the Fight Song as Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith claps along after a Q-and-A session in The Shack on Wednesday. The Golden Girls, the Cheer Squad and Marching Mizzou were there to rally those in attendance.

State's reply to Ryan Ferguson's habeas corpus petition [Document]

The state filed a response to Ryan Ferguson's habeas corpus petition. Ferguson was convicted in December 2005 of aiding the 2001 robbery and murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Hickman golfer Cruz Buchanan at sectional competition [Photo]

Hickman's Cruz Buchanan follows his putt on the fifth hole at A.L. Gustin Golf Course during Wednesday's Class 4 sectional competition. Buchanan finished in a three-way tie for 16th with a 10-over-par 80, good enough to qualify for state competition later this month in Springfield, Mo.

Rock Bridge golfer Will Echelmeier at sectional competition [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Will Echelmeier lines up his putt on the sixth hole at A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Wednesday's Class 4 sectional competition. Echelmeier finished in a three-way tie for 11th with a 8-over par 78 for the Bruins, who won the five-team event.
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