The rain came, now the flooding

Bryan Tisdale, right, a volunteer for the Warrensburg Fire Department, hands a sandbag to Ryan Stoneciphe-Fisher, center, who will then pass it to Dave Morgenstern, also with the Fire Department. The men are building a wall of sandbags Tuesday to protect a Rocheport house from the rising water of the Missouri River.

Many Mid-Missourians were preparing for flood waters with sandbags or by heading for higher ground Tuesday, as the Missouri River continued to rise. The National Weather Service is predicting flood levels approaching 1993 levels for many areas of the state.

Bracing for high water

Samuel Prather was born in 1993, the same year as the worst flood in Missouri’s history. He doesn’t remember the great floods that took place that year and in 1995, but he wasn’t going to miss this one.

System workers’ database hacked

A hacker broke into a UM System database late last week, stealing information that included the names and Social Security numbers of current and former employees.

Energy bill relies on ‘good faith’

JEFFERSON CITY — House members passed legislation Tuesday intended to prompt electric companies to generate more of their power with renewable energy sources.

MU nuclear reactor security is already compliant

Dozens of nuclear reactors on college campuses nationwide are tightening the security checks required for employees.

Rising number of businesses in Missouri owned by women

When Lynda Baumgartner and her husband opened Image Technologies of Missouri, an office equipment and maintenance company, in 1995 they decided to put the company in her name.

Medicaid bill would restore cut services

Hundreds of thousands of Medicaid recipients could regain coverage of services eliminated two years ago, while thousands of doctors could be rewarded with more money for treating them.

Two Columbia men accused of distributing pot, narcotics

Two Columbia men were charged with distribution of controlled substances in unrelated incidents Monday evening and early Tuesday morning, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Early risers

On a mile-long warm-up jog earlier in the Rock Bridge girls’ soccer season, the team charged at two freshman, Kelsey Reimler and Isabeau Reiske, picking them up and throwing them into the nearby lake.

Bruins win with fresh approach

In the bottom of the seventh inning of Rock Bridge’s 4-3 home victory over Southern Boone on Tuesday, a Gerau scored the winning run for the Bruins (11-7).

Questions remain after Nash autopsy

An autopsy on Denver Broncos running back Damien Nash found no drugs or unnatural substances of any kind in his system.

Let damaged plants recover first before pruning away

Luckily I had gone outside and taken pictures of my early flowering plants and shrubs before the 20 degrees and below temperatures turned them all into brown and green mush.

State officials prepare for potentially disastrous floods

As Gov. Matt Blunt toured the swollen Missouri River by helicopter Tuesday, state agencies readied for what could be the second-worst flood in the state’s history.