Thousands still without power in Kansas City area

The National Weather Service said the storm dropped up to an inch of rain in parts of Platte and Clay counties in less than an hour.

Gov. Nixon requests federal damage assessments for crops and livestock

The dry weather has damaged crops and livestock across Missouri, and the governor's request  is the first step in declaring the parched areas as disaster areas. 

North Dakota governor suggests Missouri River compact to manage flooding

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said an agreement among states would not only help with flood management, but also with balancing the competing interests of upstream and downstream states.

July's dry heat proves frustrating for mid-Missouri farmers

This has been the hottest summer since 1980, and the lack of rainfall combined with a seemingly relentless streak of hot days in July has created a challenge for farmers.

Tuesday's heat shatters record, but relief coming next week

Columbia's excessive heat warning is set to expire Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Missouri to pay Joplin's share in tornado cleanup

The state will pick up 10 percent of the cost of the expedited debris removal program not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Storm in Boone County downs power lines, causes other damage

A thunderstorm that formed west of Boone County resulted in damage at the Boone County Fairgrounds and in a few places around the county.

Heat suspected in 3 St. Louis-area deaths

Two men and a woman have been found dead in their homes, and the county health department considers them probable heat-related deaths.

Missouri Gov. Nixon requests another disaster declaration

Missouri's governor has asked President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for 23 northern counties hit by severe storms and flooding along the Missouri River.

Weather Service extends excessive heat warning

The warning will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Heat index values are expected to be as high at 101 on Monday and Tuesday.

Salvation Army has unclaimed items in Sedalia

The tornado that struck on May 25 scattered personal effects across parts of the city; the Salvation Army office has three boxes of items yet to be claimed.

Merger of storms helped form May 22 tornado

For two days before May 22, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., suggested there was a 30 percent chance of severe thunderstorms that day.

Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

Warnings about excessive heat stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas. Temperatures were forecast near or into the triple digits Friday.

Five ways to stay cool tonight in Columbia

To escape the heat, here's a list of five ways to stay cool Friday night.

Severe heat in the Plains spreads eastward to more states

Hot weather that has plagued the Plains for days spread eastward Thursday, putting residents of several more states under a sizzling sun and excessive heat warnings.

High temperatures result of heat 'dome'

A dome of high pressure, extraordinary in scope and duration, is causing record-setting  heat from North Dakota to Texas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wednesday proves sweltering

Children and adults both look for ways to get through another hot day.

PHOTO GALLERY: Taking a tour through the heat wave

People around the nation are looking for relief from oppressive heat.

In severe heat, outdoor animals need plenty of shade, water

As the Midwest simmers in an extended heat wave, people need to keep an eye on their animals, the Humane Society advises. Dogs and horses are at greatest risk of dehydration.

Homeless people find reprieve from the heat at Salvation Army Harbor House

Occupancy at Harbor House has risen from 55 percent to 80 percent over the last couple of weeks, during a heat wave called "life threatening" for the homeless.