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.

Nixon pledges $122 million for Joplin home rebuilding

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to allot state and federal aid to single-family, low- and moderate-income homeowners. The plan would use about 38 percent of the state's annual share of low-income housing tax credits.

The heat goes on: Midwest heat wave expected to persist

Seventeen states issued heat watches, warnings or advisories Monday.

It's so hot that ...

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It's so hot that Missouri winters no longer scare me.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Summer heat

The heat index is expected to hover between 105 and 115 degrees this week, according to the National Weather Service. Children at summer camp are spending more time indoors, and air conditioning repairs have been more frequent.

Dangerous heat conditions likely to prevail all week

With heat indices expected to reach between 105 and 115 degrees this week, children in summer camps are trying to keep cool, while air-conditioning units are flying off the shelves at Lowe's and Home Depot.

High temperatures around the U.S. and beyond

Does it make you feel better that there's a heat wave in Canada, too? Check out these links for some perspective, along with tricks for staying cool.