To glimpse fall foliage, tourists may have to travel later

Leaves are changing color later, and scientists are trying to understand why. 

UPDATE: Temporary repairs on Birds Point levee nearly finished

Interim repairs at three breached spots should be finished by Nov. 30, but officials are pushing for a full restoration of the levee, which would cost an additional $21 million.

Warm days, cool nights make for colorful fall foliage

Columbia's leaves have already started changing and are expected to hit their peak fall color around the third week of October.

Report on Joplin tornado warning to be released

The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which was set to be released Tuesday, will detail the efforts to warn people about the tornado that hit Joplin in May. The report is a way of seeing what aspects of the warning were done well and what still needs improvement.

Boone County sees extreme heat, drought-like conditions this summer

Despite the rain, the extreme heat this summer produced drought-like conditions in Boone County that hurt local farmers' harvests. But September rains and cooler temperatures have helped farmers rebound from summer crop losses.

Low temperatures could break record overnight Wednesday

The National Weather Service in St. Louis predicted temperatures at about 40 degrees overnight Wednesday.

Joplin tornado claims two more lives

As of Sept. 1, more than $1 billion in insurance payments has been made to people affected by the May tornado. The storm damaged or destroyed 8,000 homes and businesses.

Plane crash south of Bakersfield sparks wildfire in California

A small plane crashed near Bakersfield, and the fire it sparked grew to 3,500 acres. As of early Monday morning, it was at zero containment, and 100 homes were under an evacuation order.

Texas wildfire spread rapidly, scorched several parts of state

The wind-driven fires were partially propelled by winds from Tropical Storm Lee, authorities said. Two people died in the blaze. 

Mississippi man drowns in floodwaters of Tropical Storm Lee

The storm was forecast to move up the Tennessee River Valley on Tuesday, and warnings took effect in the area. But expert said any tornadoes aren't expected to be nearly as catastrophic as those that killed hundreds across the Southeast in April.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cooler temperatures bring about much needed relief

After a hot week, temperatures dropped into the 70s on Sunday.

Heat to stick around for MU football game

The heat index is expected to be between 100 degrees and 105 degrees Saturday. There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, but the game is not likely to be affected.

East Coast urges Labor Day tourists to return after Irene

Despite torn-up boardwalks, restaurants and other attractions, East Coast beaches are reopening for Labor Day in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

FEMA freezes projects as disaster aid account faces shortfall

With a budget shortfall that could be $5 billion, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is only paying for "immediate needs" of disaster-stricken communities.

MORE COVERAGE: Photos, stories from East Coast after Tropical Storm Irene

Tropical Storm Irene has killed 37 people in 11 states as of Monday and left millions of people on the East Coast struggling with its aftermath.  Here are links to online coverage of the storm.

FEMA diverts some Joplin money to East Coast

The move is raising concern of Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Ameren crews aiding Irene victims

St. Louis-area workers are helping restore power in areas hit by the storm. The company says the workers could be gone up to three weeks.

Hurricane Irene's death toll jumps to 37

Power outages and massive flooding continue to disrupt life on the East Coast. But despite these concerns, early estimates suggest a much smaller impact than Hurricane Katrina, which rocked the Gulf area in 2005 and caused more than $100 billion in damage.

Rhode Island wakes up to 'catastrophic' power outages

One utility reported that more than 297,000 customers were without power Monday morning. Although state offices were open, school openings have been delayed, and businesses are taking a toll. 

NYC's subway back on track for commute after Irene

Tropical Storm Irene prompted the first-ever shutdown of New York's transit system for a natural disaster, but Monday morning, the subways were running again. Some parts of the transit system, however, are still closed or delayed.