Forecasters had been warning of bad weather since last Wednesday and on Sunday said conditions had ripened for powerful tornadoes. Wall-to-wall broadcasts of storm information spread the word Sunday.
Across the Midwest, farmers are planting crops on almost any scrap of available land to take advantage of consistently high corn and soybean prices.
Fueled partly by rebuilding from a 2012 tornado that damaged some businesses on the city's main entertainment strip, new construction in 2012 was valued at $69.8 million and has reached $23.5 million through April of this year.
Making progress on the problem of reducing drinking and driving among both social drinkers and heavy drinkers is a matter of political will, say members of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said he is considering appointing at least three committees to study issues before the 2014 session.