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Missouri softball team one win away from Women's College World Series

Missouri's Maddison Ruggeberg came in to pinch hit in the sixth inning of the Tigers' 4-0 victory over Washington in the first game of super regional competition Saturday at University Field.

The Tigers won Saturday night's game against Washington Huskies with a final score of 4-0.

UPDATE: Joplin official lowers tornado death toll to 139

Joplin's death toll following the deadly tornado is on the rise, and families continue to search for missing loved ones. After incidents of mistake identification, authorities are using DNA tests and dental records to assist them.

'Zou Bus' rolls into NCAA softball Super Regionals

Tim Muller, father of Missouri softball player Lindsey Muller, has created the ultimate fan cave on wheels. Parents, family members and friends of Missouri softball players tailgate together outside the bus before every game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Soaring spirits at 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow

Veterans, their families, plane enthusiasts and onlookers show support at the 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow. The show, at Columbia Regional Airport, was cut short because of weather, but Sunday's show is on schedule.

UPDATE: 2011 now deadliest year for tornadoes since 1950

Joplin's death toll is now at least 142, with 100 still missing.

DEAR READER: Covering the Joplin tornado a moving, life-changing experience

It's difficult to express the magnitude of the disaster through words and pictures. To get the full scope, you have to be there.

2011 now deadliest year for tornadoes since 1950

Crews continue search-and-rescue efforts while the state tries to confirm victims' identities. The tornado had an EF-5 rating, which designates storms with 200 mph winds, and killed at least 142 people.

Missouri baseball team advances to Big 12 Tournament championship

The Missouri baseball team beat Texas 2-1 Saturday afternoon to advance to the championship game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City.

J. KARL MILLER: Blaming Ronald McDonald for obesity is just the tip of the iceberg

The government, along with watchdog organizations, uses corporate mascots as scapegoats for widespread issues such as obesity. Although campaigns to promote healthy diets and habits are points well-taken, the decision to comply ultimately lies with the consumer.

Rock Bridge girls soccer season ends in double overtime

The Rock Bridge girls soccer season ended in double overtime Saturday in the Class 3 state quarterfinal game against Glendale High School.

Rock Bridge, Hickman track teams wrap up season at state meet

Rock Bridge boys finished seventh and Hickman girls finished 12th in Jefferson City.

UPDATE: Science can't design away tornadoes' deadly threat

A variety of factors— including La Nina, public complacency, global warming and urban sprawl — could be to blame for making 2011 the deadliest year on record for tornadoes.

Rain forecast could worsen floods in South Dakota

Residents have been trying to clear their homes of belongings in case the water continues to rise. More heavy rain could lead the Army Corps of Engineers to release more flows from dams.

St. Louis County speeds plans for new sirens

New emergency sirens in St. Louis County are already operating, with others to follow in the coming weeks.

Restaurants raise funds for victims of tornado in Joplin

Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar, D. Rowe’s and Harpo’s planned special events that will give their customers a chance to help.

Civilians get glimpse of military history at annual air show

Jefferson City native Col. Bernard Schwartze was honored with a public retirement ceremony after 34 years of Air Force service.

Sons of Confederate veterans honor soldiers for Memorial Day

The Sons of Confederate Veterans placed more than 270 flags on tombstones of Confederate veterans to recognize their service. The group started the tradition in 2002.

Erickson gets new attorney after lawyer moves to drop him as client

Charles Erickson got a new attorney after Kathleen Zellner made a motion to drop him as a client. It was a preemptive move on Zellner's part in order to avoid a conflict of interest with co-defendant, Ryan Ferguson.

Jamie McMurray to honor Joplin during Coca-Cola 600

The Sprint Cup driver plans to return to his hometown to assist victims of the tornado. His No. 1 Chevrolet will sport "Joplin, Mo." in the Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 in tribute.

Missouri baseball team loses at Big 12 Tournament

The Missouri baseball team lost 6-1 on Saturday morning to top-seeded Texas at the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City.

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