UPDATE: Water filling 2,500 homes in Minot, N.D., as river rises

In this aerial photo, a Conoco gas station is surrounded by sand bags, the flood waters of the Souris River and an oil slick Friday in Minot, N.D. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the Souris River is flowing over most levees in Minot as it surges past a 130-year-old record level.

Heavy rains and dam releases have prompted the Souris River to rise, breaking a 130-year-record in Minot, N.D.

Slow Souris River rise nears a roar in Minot, N.D.

The Souris River was expected to break a more than century-old record at some point Friday, then go as much as 6 or 7 feet higher over the weekend. Minot, N.D., was braced itself for heavy flooding. In nearby Burlington, the mayor said: "We're no longer able to save the city."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Joplin residents show faith in face of disaster

In spite of the mass destruction caused by the May tornado, Joplin's spirit holds strong.

Flood barriers placed along Katy Trail in Rocheport

County workers laid 1,700 feet of barrier along the Katy Trail in Rocheport on Friday, giving the town's lower reaches 3 feet of extra protection against Missouri River floods.

Cooper Nuclear Station in Nebraska gets relief from levee breach

The power plant will continue to operate at full capacity.

Missouri River flooding prompts northwest Missouri evacuations

Evacuations occurred Friday in northwestern Missouri, and a state park was closed. The area could see water for some time.

Pets left homeless by Joplin tornado available for free adoption

Animals are available for free adoptions Saturday and Sunday. The adoption event is hosted by the Joplin Human Society.

Man arrested on suspicion of stealing up to $64,000 in metal

Ronald D. Nole is suspected of stealing up to $64,000 in metal and selling it for cash at a local recycling facility.

Columbia Regional Airport fence intended to block wildlife

The planned project would cost no more than $104,015, and the federal government will pick up 95 percent of the cost.

Baby elephant born at Saint Louis Zoo

Rani, the mother, gave birth to a baby girl at 1:13 p.m. Friday. Raja, one of the Saint Louis Zoo's most popular animals, is the father.

Columbia's Ward Reapportionment Committee looks to expand First Ward

A plan to alter the boundaries of Columbia's wards will be presented at a July 14 public hearing. The ward realignment would even out the estimated populations in each ward.

Interstate 70 rest stops between Columbia and St. Louis closed

One rest area will reopen next weekend, and the others will remain permanently closed to passenger cars.

Final summer compost workshop set for Saturday

The free workshops, hosted by the Columbia Public Works Department, teach participants to reuse food waste, newspapers and old T-shirts to create compost.

Peter Falk, TV's rumpled Columbo, has died

Falk, best remembered for his role as the underestimated police detective Columbo, also acted in such plays as Paddy Chayefsky's "The Passion of Josef D." and Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." 

Really, Really Free Market to be held outside Boone County Courthouse on Sunday

Those attending don't need to bring items in order to take items.

Employee at Paris Road Landmark Bank robbed, police say

There were no injuries and the robber did not gain entry to the bank, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Al and Marjo Price selected for 2011 Outstanding Citizen Award

The Prices were nominated by a group of their peers and selected by a committee of members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes someone who has made a significant contribution to the community

Former Catholic monk tells The Kansas City Star he abused teens

The former monk is a central figure in a sexual abuse lawsuit. He said he has sexual contact with multiple choir members, of which two were between 16 and 18 years old.

Route 66 icon Boots Motel auctioned off

Hometown Bank, the holder of the note on the motel, repossessed it for $105,000 during a foreclosure auction Wednesday.

Kansas governor extends orders to help Joplin, Mo.

The orders allow oversized trucks, more use of landfills and expands medical licenses until Aug. 1.