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Steve Ward of Popular Bluff monitors seepage of a temporary levee

Steven Ward, with the Poplar Bluff Street Department, monitors a seepage in a temporary levee holding back floodwater from the Black River, Tuesday, in Poplar Bluff. Powerful storms that swept through the nation's midsection have pushed river levels to dangerous heights and are threatening to flood several towns in Missouri, and officials now report a levee protecting Poplar Bluff from the Black River has breached.

Flooding near Poplar Bluff

Home and businesses south of Poplar Bluff are flooded out by rising waters from the Black River on Monday. Water is spilling over a river levee, and officials fear the levee will break.

Preparing morel mushrooms

Presenter Stan Hudson cuts morel mushrooms before rolling them in batter and frying them at the Morel Madness presentation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday.

Morel mushrooms on display

A box of morel mushrooms sit on display at the Morel Madness presentation at the Park Office Building at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday.

Enjoying a bite of morel mushrooms

Janice Gaston and Jim Austin enjoy a bite of a fried morel mushrooms at the Morel Madness presentation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday. The presentation was led by Stan Hudson.

Mushroom enthusiast displays morels

John Rapp, a self-proclaimed mushroom enthusiast, shows morel mushrooms to Janice Gaston at the Morel Madness presentation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday. Mushroom enthusiasts came to the presentation to learn how to hunt and cook mushrooms.

Trying morel mushrooms for the first time

Seven-year-old Owen Walls, left, Jim Austin, and Beckett Rowson, 7, eat fried morel mushrooms at the Morel Madness presentation at the Park Office Building at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday. "It tasted like french fries!" Walls said, enthusiastically, who tried a morel mushroom for the first time during the event.

City Manager Mike Matthes

Incoming City Manager Mike Matthes discusses his plans for Columbia. Matthes was formerly assistant city manager and chief information officer in Des Moines, Iowa.

Missing 17-year-old boy

17-year-old Kylan Stubler was last seen Thursday and reported as missing to the Columbia Police Department on Friday afternoon. He has yet to be found.

Matt Felts instructing Hickman

Hickman High School choir director Matt Felts holds his glasses in his hand as he gives instruction to his choir students on March 23, at Hickman High School.

Hickman choir class

Choir students laugh after Hickman High School choir director Matt Felts tells his students to sing to the person facing the next to them during class on March 23 at Hickman High School. Felts became choir director in 2007 and has since gained a reputation for creating a fun and lively atmosphere for his students.

Hickman choir instructor

Hickman High School choir director Matt Felts gestures to his choir students for the notes to sing during class on March 23 at Hickman High School. Felts said he enjoys giving his students an outlet to express themselves without apprehension.

Firefighters pack up their hoses after housefire

Columbia firefighters pack up their hoses after extinguishing a small fire in the house at 2002 Hanover Blvd on Sunday.

Missouri women's golf team takes third

Julie Race, the mother of Missouri senior Nicola Race, snaps a photo of the Missouri women's golf team after the Big 12 Championship on Sunday. Missouri finished in third place.

Cook putts in Big 12 Championship

Missouri junior Marissa Cook putts during the final day of the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship on Sunday. Cook finished 11th overall with a score of 220.

Gohn leads Missouri women's golf

Missouri freshman Taylor Gohn practices her swing at the 16th hole during the final day of the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship on Sunday. Gohn was Missouri's top performer, finishing ninth overall thanks to a final-round, 1-under-par 71.

Tigers enjoy surprise finish

Missouri junior Marissa Cook, right, walks away from the closing ceremony with freshman Taylor Gohn at the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship on Sunday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. Gohn finished ninth overall, and Cook placed 11th. Missouri had four golfers finish in the top 20.

Sun rises over Community United Methodist Church on Easter

The sun rises over Community United Methodist Church after the Easter service on Sunday.

Hands joined in prayer at Easter service

Members of the congregation of Community United Methodist Church join hands in prayer before breakfast.

The Rev. Kevin Shelton leads a prayer

The Rev. Kevin Shelton leads the congregation of Community United Methodist Church in prayer before breakfast.
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