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UPDATE: Storms kill 72 around South, including 58 in Alabama

Mae Woody Christopher is comforted by a friend after a large oak tree split and crashed into her 7th Street home, Wednesday, in Tuscumbia, Ala.

At least 58 people died in Alabama alone, including 15 or more when a massive tornado devastated Tuscaloosa. The city's mayor said sections of the city that's home to the University of Alabama have been destroyed and the city's infrastructure is devastated.

Missouri's Blaine Gabbert prepares for NFL Draft

After pro days, the NFL Combine, countless TV appearances, team workouts, interviews and dinners, all former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert can do is wait and see where he will be chosen in Thursday's NFL Draft.

 

PHOTO GALLERY: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood — Day 3

The battalion relocated to Sikeston after flood conditions in Poplar Bluff stabilized. Meanwhile the Army Corps of Engineers is still waiting to decide whether to open a levee at Birds Point on the Mississippi River.

UPDATE: Leaky Missouri levee highlights national problem

The Poplar Bluff levee is one of more than 100 across the country listed as unfit for use in the government's most recent report. Limited expertise and resources are among the reasons for lack of maintenance and repairs. 

UPDATE: Missouri Gov. Nixon signs compromise dog-breeding bill

Ultimately, it means a voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business will be repealed, and many of the original dog-care provisions will be replaced.

UPDATE: Corps to wait for weekend to decide on levee break

The city of Cairo, Ill., is prepared to makes holes in a levee to curb rising waters, though some say this move would only cause flooded farmland.

Missouri budget includes aid for disasters

The Missouri state budget director said the state should be able to meet its disaster aid obligations.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Why is there so much excitement around the royal wedding?

There will be no shortage of media coverage for the royal wedding. Along with major networks broadcasting the event live, YouTube will be streaming the event live, and Vox magazine will be live blogging the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood — Day 2

The flood, which has displaced at least a thousand people living in river towns, continues to raise challenges for many Missouri residents.

Missouri General Assembly passes congressional redistricting map

Wednesday night, the Missouri General Assembly passed the map redrawing the state's congressional district boundaries. The bill must be be signed by Gov. Jay Nixon to become law.

PHOTO GALLERY: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood — Day 1

The flood, which has displaced at least a thousand people living in river towns, continues to raise challenges for many Missouri residents.

Thomas, Nottelmann combine for perfect game in Missouri softball's rout

Chelsea Thomas pitched four perfect innings and Kristin Nottelmann pitched one in Missouri's 10-0 win over SIU-Edwardsville in five innings on Wednesday.

Worley Street Park Neighborhood Association to meet for first time

The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. The neighborhood association is looking for leaders.

Periodical cicadas of 2011 expected to emerge in May

The cicadas are coming, and they're coming by the thousands. When the soil temperature reaches 65 degrees, they'll emerge from the ground — probably sometime in mid-May.

Changes help Conner Mach excel for Missouri baseball team

Tigers junior Conner Mach moved to the top of the batting order and from third base to left field last week before Missouri's series against Baylor. By the time the series was over, he had earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors.

Youth Empowerment Zone to fundraise at Break Time gas stations Friday

The theme of the organization's annual fundraiser is "Driving Youth to Success on the Nonviolent Street."

Emmett Till's relatives speak about his legacy

Simeon Wright and Wheeler Parker Jr. spoke Wednesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center about the death of their cousin, Emmett Till, and the effect it had on the civil rights movement.

Experience helps senior lead Rock Bridge baseball team

Wilson Pfeiffer says he played more than 100 games last summer. His coach says that's made hima dependable player with a leader's mentality.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon signs bill repealing dog-breeding restrictions

Nixon signed the measure Wednesday evening.  It means a voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business will be repealed and many of the original dog-care provisions will be replaced.

Newspapers, websites lacking diversity in sports departments

The third report that has been done for Associated Press Sports Editors shows that sports departments are still being led mostly by white men.

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