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UPDATE: Cairo gets reprieve, but cities downstream worry

Flowing water creates white caps where a two-mile long section of the Birds Point levee stood, at bottom, as the town of Cairo, Ill., can be seen at top right Tuesday in Mississippi County. The Army Corps of Engineers blew a the hole into the Birds Point levee Monday night, flooding 130,000 acres of farmland in Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo and relieve flooding at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

The Missouri levee demolition did nothing to ease the risk in parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, where the river could rise to levels unseen since the 1920s. Authorities were considering opening more levees.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you see the NFL lockout ending in time to salvage the upcoming season?

The NFL lockout was reinstated after a temporary hold was put on U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's order to end the lockout. Former Missouri players, Aldon Smith, Blaine Gabbert and Andrew Gachkar, who were drafted by NFL teams, are being prevented from signing contracts.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County man dies in workshop fire

Robert D. Hudson, 72, was trapped inside a workshop at 5214 S. Cowan Road when firefighters arrived at the sight of the fire.

Renovating house on Smarr property brings fond memories for owner

Brian Gill spent his youth exploring the woods in his Old Southwest neighborhood. Now, the Chicago man has bought a key corner of that area and is renovating the house there.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why the left should support a consumption tax

By eliminating the income tax, we would eliminate its compliance burden. By collecting sales taxes at the point of sale, we shift the limited remaining tax filing responsibility onto businesses.

LETTER: Ramming through pro-nuclear legislation not an energy solution for Missouri

A partial repeal of construction work in progress has been defeated, and the discussion over nuclear power in Missouri needs to be continued.

Sophomore Krebs on the rise for Missouri softball team

Princess Krebs was expected to be a regular in the Missouri softball team's starting lineup but had a rough start to the season. Now, though, Krebs is playing the way coach Ehren Earleywine thought she would.

Columbia photojournalist makes transition from Rock Bridge to Libya

Ty Cacek, a 2009 graduate from Rock Bridge High School, has spent this spring photographing the revolution in Libya.

Neighbors acted to prevent commercial development of Smarr property

Before Brian Gill bought the Smarr property, neighbors in the Old Southwest neighborhood became concerned about its fate and banded together to buy it.

Rising floodwaters force relocation of Memphis barbecue festival

Floodwaters are to rise higher then previously expected in Tennessee. Officials are urging residents to be prepared to evacuate and have already advised some to vacate their homes.

Congress looking into whether Pakistan knew about bin Laden

Incredulous lawmakers are pressing Pakistan for answers to two simple questions: What did its army and intelligence agents know of bin Laden's whereabouts and when did they know it?

Taliban wants more proof that bin Laden is dead

The Taliban wants confirmation of Osama bin Laden's death from people close to him. Some citizens in Afghanistan feel targeted by America and want to know why NATO is still bombing the country.

Two Hickman senior golfers to continue playing together, each other

Before Cruz Buchanan and Tyler Daly leave the boys golf team to play for William Woods University, they will compete against each other at the sectional tournament on Wednesday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

Columbia College softball team's AMC tournament hopes end with injury

When Valerie Teter, last week's NAIA Player of the Week, was hit in the face by a line drive, the Cougars lost their composure and lost to William Woods in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference tournament.

Columbia, MoDOT to hold hearing on Stadium Boulevard plans

Plans to alter multiple Columbia streets, including Stadium Boulevard, will be presented at a public hearing on May 24.

MU Chancellor Deaton appointed chairman of federal agricultural board

President Obama called MU Chancellor Brady Deaton's name late last week for an important position in international food and agricultural development.

Louisiana Scouts rescued from Arkansas wilderness area

The boys and two adult leaders had been missing since Sunday, when rising water cut off their exit from the Albert Pike Recreation Area. Twenty people died in flash floods here last June 11, and the boys' parents had prayed and paced since arriving in the area Monday.

Elk to be released in Missouri pass health tests

The Missouri Department of Conservation says the elk passed tests administered after a three-month quarantine at a conservation area in Kentucky.

Wilson Sundvold leads Rock Bridge golfers into sectionals

Senior Wilson Sundvold has been the Bruins' top golfer since he joined the team as a sophomore. His mental toughness has been helping him to keep focused on games. 

Frost likely to form in Columbia early Wednesday morning

The frost may harm temperature-sensitive plants typically grown during late spring and summer.

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