Thunderstorms stretched from Arkansas and northern Mississippi to Tennesee and Kentucky. Areas of Missouri and Illinois have been declared disaster areas.
Missouri senators backed the state's higher education budget 29-4, but some expressed concerns over plans to increase the budget for the 2010 fiscal year.
Gov. Jay Nixon called a state of emergency to help counties respond to the storms that caused deaths, injuries and damage in Missouri.
After making draperies for the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch home in Lampe with which her church was involved, Janeen Burnham was so moved by the boys' stories she wrote "Miracles of Restoration."
Those who were young in the decades when coming out was not an option are now becoming gay activists, giving the movement members who are more established in their communities and secure in their jobs.
A Kansas City man is charged with robbing First Federal Bank after being identified by the driver's license from the wallet he left at the bank.
The driver is currently being held in Jackson County on suspicion of child endangerment and assault on police officers.
A strong storm system moving across southern Missouri on Friday morning created a few small tornadoes and damaging winds up to 80 mph.
Sen. Claire McCaskil and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois are lobbying for a high-speed rail corridor between St. Louis and Chicago.
Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed Thursday another case of the swine flu. This brings Missouri's total to 10 cases.
Three men were shot to death in an SUV early Friday morning after leaving a nightclub in downtown St. Louis. Police are still looking for suspects.
Christopher Piersee, the northeast Missouri man accused of killing his wife and infant son, pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.
The decision drew protests from nearly 300 opponents who signed a petition "voicing discontent" with the decision made by the school's Board of Governors. The school has close to 6,000 students.
The 3-year-old boy who was found after being lost in the woods for 52 hours is now listed in good condition at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
The Missouri House approved legislation that would allow life prison sentences for people convicted of particularly vile child rapes. The measure will now go to the Senate.
House Bill 11 was two steps away from Gov. Jay Nixon's desk when it was voted down 85-75 in the House and sent back to committee for revision by House and Senate budget leaders.
Sprint Nextel Corp.'s prepaid phone subsidary Boost Mobile has added 674,000 prepaid customers since it launched its $50 unlimited calling and texting offer in February.
A 3-year-old Missouri boy was found alive Wednesday after two days in Mark Twain National Forest. His rescuer recalled the events that led to finding him alive, and the boy's father expressed his thanks for the rescue as well as his pride that his son was able to survive.
Joshua Childers — wearing only sneakers, a T-shirt and a diaper — was found in the Mark Twain National Forest, three miles from his home in southeast Missouri.
Gov. Jay Nixon will visit the Kokam America plant outside Kansas City on Thursday. He is lobbying Missouri senators to pass a bill which he said will benefit companies like Kokam. That company is considering an expansion of their current plant and construction of another one in Missouri.