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University of Missouri Press is back in business

Sunday, 02 June 2013 08:03 Published in Local News

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri Press is back in the business of publishing scholarly books after a year of uncertainty.

A public uproar ensued in May 2012 when university administrators disclosed plans to shutter the academic press. By the end of the summer, the University of Missouri system had backtracked on those plans and tried to repair the damage to its image.

The press recently released its fall/winter catalog with 10 new books and 15 electronic books. The publishing house is now part of the flagship Columbia campus rather than the university system, and a search for a new director continues.

Press supporters say they hope the threat to its survival will allow the business to prosper even as modern technology poses continual challenges.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tasked with urgently warning their region when violent weather is imminent, the National Weather Service crew in suburban St. Louis isn't immune from having to scramble for its own safety.

During severe storms that thundered into the area on Friday night, meteorologists noticed a storm system's tight rotation perilously close to their office in Weldon Spring, west of St. Louis.

Forty-six-year-old meteorologist Mark Britt says he and about 10 others bolted for a copy room with reinforced walls and hunkered down. That was only after they called upon their Kansas City colleagues to monitor the storm and issue any public warnings for eastern Missouri.

Britt says it's the first time during his office's nearly quarter century in Weldon Spring that they've had to scurry for cover.

National Weather Service confirms EF-3 tornado

Sunday, 02 June 2013 07:59 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms that at least one tornado barreled Friday night through portions of the St. Louis area as part of a storm that damaged dozens of homes but caused no serious injuries.

The weather service's Jayson Gosselin says the twister that hit portions of St. Charles County was an EF-3, which packed winds up to 165 miles per hour. A tornado of that magnitude also has been confirmed to have affected the Roxana area in Illinois' Madison County, northeast of St. Louis.

Gosselin says crews are trying to determine if damage in St. Louis County was also from a tornado.

Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency.

Ameren says over 50,000 homes are without power as of Sunday morning.

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