PHOTO GALLERY: Tornado damage in Alabama

The death toll from the wave of severe storms and tornadoes in the southern United States on Wednesday has risen to over 200. On Thursday, Alabama residents returned to their homes to survey the damage.

Death toll from severe Southern storms climbs above 200

The storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds in five Southern states: Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. All five states have reported fatalities; 128 have been confirmed dead in Alabama.

Government to urge food companies to limit ads for kids

FEMA officials assessing St. Louis-area storm damage

A report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will eventually be sent to the state. Then Gov. Jay Nixon can seek federal assistance for areas damaged by the tornado that hit the St. Louis area Friday.

Columbia fire ignited in flowerpot

The fire, which caused $5,000 of damage, may have been caused by incense.

Columbia man to lead Missouri Guard's weapons of mass destruction team

Christopher Lemley has been promoted to a leadership position with a National Guard team that trains to deal with threats from weapons of mass destruction.

International master wins U.S. Championship in St. Louis

Anna Zatonskih won the Women's Chess Championship in St. Louis after a triple-overtime match.

Missouri auditor's office to review Kinder's travel

Peter Kinder's travel came under scrutiny following a report earlier this month by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Kinder had charged taxpayers a total of $35,050 for at least 329 nights at hotels in the St. Louis area since 2006.

Missouri university pulls Mortenson graduation speech invitation

Fontbonne University announced Thursday that Greg Mortenson, the "Three Cups of Tea" co-author, won't deliver its May 21 commencement speech nor receive an honorary degree.

Potential blasting of southeast Missouri levee causes debate

Sacrificing the levee would ease rising floodwaters around Cairo Ill., but Missouri farmers and politicians oppose the blasting, saying it would damage farmland and 100 homes.

Denim Day at MU brings awareness, support

Denim Day shows support and awareness for rape victims through information, crafts and unity at the MU Student Center. 

New report highlights progress of Missouri roads, bridges

The report says that despite making strides recently in fixing its roads, Missouri could lose ground, in lieu of expiring stimulus money and upcoming expenses.

Missouri Senate approves proposal to extend term limits

The bill would extend term limits from eight to 16 years for both House and Senate members.

Missouri Senate passes electronic voter check-in bill

The measure, which would let election officials verify voters' information electronically, now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.