Rising Missouri River sends South Dakotans packing

Dump trucks haul dirt to build up roads Sunday in an area of Fort Pierre, S.D., where rising water from the Missouri River has already crept into a residential area. Water levels are rising as the Oahe Dam releases water to drain flows from heavy rains upstream.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard urged residents of southeastern town Dakota Dunes to evacuate their homes by Thursday night, as 800 of the town's 1,100 homes could be at risk for flooding.

UPDATE: Omaha mayor signs flooding emergency declaration as Missouri River rises

Officials are confident that levees will protect the city despite the mayor's emergency declaration and rising water levels. 

Missouri, Florida look to get over the hump at Women's College World Series

No. 5 seed Missouri has appeared in the Women's College World Series the past two years without winning a game, while No. 4 Florida has gone to Oklahoma City the past three years but has yet to win it all.  Missouri plays its first game of this year's World Series against Florida at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

UPDATE: Local businesses, organizations continue Joplin relief efforts

Local groups have been and are continuing to collect and donate money and necessities to Joplin.

UPDATE: 134 now confirmed dead after Joplin tornado

Missouri officials have found all people reported missing since the Joplin tornado, but they're now warning residents and clean-up crews about potentially hazardous debris.

Record precipitation, reservoir releases to cause Missouri River flooding

The Missouri River could reach levels between 27 to 33 feet at Boonville this month, and record releases from reservoirs in the Dakotas could cause the river to remain well above its 21-foot flood stage for most of the summer.

Big 12 well represented at Women's College World Series

Big 12 Conference teams make up half of the field with four schools qualifying for this season's Women's College World Series.

Long fades in second round at NCAA men's golf championship

Missouri men's golfer Jace Long shot a 5-over-par 77 on Wednesday at the NCAA Championship after shooting at 2-under 70 on Tuesday.

Omaha mayor signs Missouri River flooding emergency declaration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers measured the Missouri River at about 30 feet Wednesday, with flood stage designated as 29 feet.

Tractor-trailer, 3 cars involved in accident on U.S. 63

The driver did not see that traffic had slowed until it was too late, trooper said.

Program keeps youth busy with volunteer work during summer

The City of Columbia's Volunteer Programs Department offers 35 different activities for kids to participate in during the summer. It hopes to log at least 400 hours this season.

Three Missouri softball players earn All-American honors

Redshirt sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas, who was previously named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, was named to the first team. Junior Ashley Fleming was named to the second team, and Rhea Taylor was named to the third team.

MoDOT's Safe & Sound program looks to finish early

The Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program, the oldest program of its type in Missouri, has only one bridge left to repair in Boone County.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri River Floods Upper Midwest

As the waters of the Missouri River continue to rise, volunteers, local officials and military personnel flock to the area to help save homes and farmland. Although they're lining the riverbanks with sandbags and dirt, many areas are heavily flooded.

One Read aims to provoke discussion, promote community among readers

The nonfiction book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" was chosen for Daniel Boone Regional Library's One Read program.

4 reported dead after tornadoes in Massachusetts

 The storms near Springfield, Mass., have also caused an unknown number of injuries and extensive damage, the governor said.


Sparky's to debut cicada ice cream Thursday

Cicadas might make annoying sounds, but Sparky's Ice Cream has found a way to make them into a creative ice cream treat.

Big 12 athletic directors discuss increasing value of scholarships

The discussion revolves around schools paying cost-of-living expenses for some or all of their athletes.

Report says black drivers are stopped more frequently in Missouri

A report released by Attorney General Chris Koster's office indicated black drivers were 69 percent more likely to be stopped by police in Missouri in 2010, though that figure has dropped for the first time in seven years.

St. Louis firefighter residency law struck down by circuit judge

A law made by the General Assembly last year allowing St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city limits was struck down by a Cole County Circuit Judge on Tuesday.