UPDATE: Wednesday's powerful storms leave damage throughout Columbia, Boone County

A lightning bolt illuminates the sky over the MU campus on Wednesday morning as strong stormed moved through the area.

Storms passed through Columbia early Wednesday morning. They moved quickly and left behind fallen trees, downed power lines, flooded basements and other damage.

Prairie Home community gathers to clean up school hit by storm

A strong thunderstorm hit Prairie Home early on Wednesday morning, ripping off half the school's roof and causing significant water damage to the oldest part of the building. Other nearby structures also were damaged.

FROM READERS: Eighth-graders share hopes for the future

The Missourian asked a class of eighth-graders from West Middle School to answer this question: "What do you hope you can say about yourself in four years?" Here are their responses.

What we know about the proposed Opus downtown development

Opus Development Co.'s downtown student housing project has undergone many changes and challenges. The Missourian breaks down the questions surrounding the issue. 

Ryan Zech prepares to take reins for Missouri golf

Next season, Ryan Zech will be the only returning senior and de facto leader for the Missouri men's golf team. It will be Emilio Cuartero's shoes he will have to fill.

Vicky Hartzler endorses 'right to farm' amendment

Amendment 1, or the "Missouri Farming Rights Amendment," would guarantee the right to "engage in farming and ranching practices." Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, called the amendment "political smoke and mirrors."


UPDATE: Early morning fire damages four residential units

A lightning strike was the likely cause of a fire at four residential units at Woodrail On The Green on Wednesday morning. The Columbia Fire Department estimated total damage at $1 million.

Columbia man rescued after tree pins him between ceiling, bed

The Columbia Fire Department and the Boone County Fire Protection District rescued Cheston Fox after his mobile home was crushed by a large tree. He was pinned from the waist down between the bed and the ceiling of the home.

Program aims to keep students active with longer walks to buses

During the summer, West Middle School students along two bus routes will have slightly longer walks to the bus stop from their houses. This PedNet and Columbia Public Schools pilot program is an attempt to get kids moving.

Regional weather more extreme than average U.S. temperature increase suggests

The contiguous United States have increased by an average 1.2 degrees since 1984, but the Northeast and Southwest have warmed  the most on average.

Cooling centers, shelters open for summer

The cooling centers provide the public access to restrooms and drinking fountains — and an escape from the summer heat.

Columbia man receives 15 years for illegal weapon possession

Robert Earl Foster received 15 years and eight months without parole for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Williams puts LA Kings past Rangers in OT opener

Los Angeles' Justin Williams put his eighth goal of the postseason past Henrik Lundqvist, who made 40 saves and nearly stole an early win for the Rangers. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who moved one victory closer to their second Stanley Cup title in three years after a hair-raising opener.

Second wave of former players join NFL lawsuit

The lawsuit was originally filed May 20 in U.S. District Court in northern California and amended Wednesday to add 250 more players, bringing the total to 750 plaintiffs.

After thrilling finish, Heat, Spurs start up again

The Spurs wanted a rematch, and so did basketball fans. It begins Thursday in San Antonio.

Nadal, Murray set up French Open semifinal matchup

For the first time in this year's tournament, eight-time champion Nadal dropped a set. And this had to be on Nadal's mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems.


Klinsmann: US defense still 'work in progress'

After allowing several decent scoring chances early against Turkey last Sunday, the Americans settled down in the 2-1 victory. But the rocky start caused more conversation and maybe more concern about what many believe is the team's glaring weakness heading into the World Cup in Brazil.

DAVID ROSMAN: Small tax breaks add up to big losses in vital services

Rosman argues that the state's new tax-reduction deal will likely average less than $35 per person and adversely affect the bottom line of an already austere state budget.

Summerfest to kick off with Edward Sharpe

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is the first show for this summer's Ninth Street Summerfest. At least 2,000 people were expected at Wednesday night's concert. Country artist Randy Houser will perform later in June.

Attorney: Donald Sterling agrees to sell Clippers

Sterling "has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences" and as co-owner has given his consent to a deal that was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team, attorney Maxwell Blecher said.