Tree service workers have long day after storms

Nelson's Tree Service's crews found themselves busy on Tuesday after late night thunderstorms Monday night left trees and limbs down across the city. The fallen debris caused damage to homes and cars, knocked down or snapped power lines and blocked many streets.

One of Nelson's Tree Service's stops was a house on West Boulevard where a 75-foot hackberry tree fell over.

UPDATE: Crews work to restore power; clean-up from heavy storm continues

The Columbia Fire Department responded to more than 40 calls between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday mostly related to storm damage. Much of the damage was concentrated on the west side of Columbia, and after enduring a night of destruction, residents woke up Tuesday morning to pick up the pieces.

Columbia man totals car driving home in storm, finds tree on house

A Columbia resident lost all but his most precious belongings during the storm Monday night.


Shaken by storm, resident counts her blessings

Columbia resident Donna Simmons woke up Tuesdaymorning to fallen trees on her house and car and piles of tree limbs in her front yard. She said she is "lucky to be alive" after the storm.

FROM READERS: Friend pays tribute to Mary Pat Boatfield

Friend recalls wisdom and leadership of Mary Pat Boatfield, the respected former leader of the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Gov. Nixon vetos bills to redefine 'livestock' to include captive deer

Gov. Nixon has vetoed two bills designed to move regulatory oversight for captive deer ranches from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture.

MU sets single-year fundraising record

MU has raised $164.5 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, surpassing its fundraising goal of $150 million and beating the record by more than $4 million.

STORIFY: Columbia residents share photos of storm damage, cleanup

The Missourian collected reactions and photos shared by Columbia residents on social media.

Foster children in dire need of homes in Columbia, statewide

In recent years, the number of children in foster care in Missouri has reached a record high, but the number of licensed foster homes in the state has declined.

Adams' homer gives Cardinals 2-0 win over Pirates

Matt Carpenter drew his third walk leading off the ninth and Matt Holliday flied out before Adams hit his 10th homer on an 0-1 hanging breaking ball from Justin Wilson.

Adam McElwain was proud of his work, loved to travel

Adam McElwain was proud of working and interested in all kinds of music. He died Monday, July 7, 2014. He was 35.


A lifelong traveler, Barbara Herlong visited every continent

Barbara Herlong visited every continent and almost every state, but she left an impression on many of those she encountered in Columbia. Mrs. Herlong of Columbia died Monday, July 7, 2014. She was 79.

Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final

The Germans tore apart Brazil's porous defense time and time again Tuesday, routing the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the largest margin of defeat at this stage in the history of the tournament.

Winds topple 80-foot electrical poles on west side

The poles carried a high-voltage transmission line, which is used to carry large amounts of electricity. Power is expected to be restored by early Tuesday afternoon.

Missouri launches website for military voters

The website allows people to create a secure account to register to vote and to request and receive absentee ballots while stationed elsewhere.

I-44 section to close in St. Louis this weekend

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Interstate 44 from Broadway near the Edward Jones Dome to the Poplar Street Bridge. The closure is from 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Storms damage campus buildings, cars

The storm caused structural damage at the Virginia Avenue South Housing construction site and damaged several university vehicles at MU.

Despite damage, thunderstorms not unusual for season

Thunderstorms hit Missouri Monday night causing damage across the state.

Council votes to allow Opus Development Co. to close sidewalks and roads

Council's approval of the sidewalk and parking lane closure permit will allow Opus to immediately close the sidewalks and parking lanes through July 2015 to accommodate construction.

DAVID ROSMAN: Someone else's religious beliefs have no place in a woman's health decision

If the veto is overridden in a September session, it could lead to a slippery-slope for restrictions on other matters, including birth control.