Same book, different prices [Graphic]

Textbooks are becoming more readily available in alternative formats to help students cope with book costs. “Exploring Business,” by Karen Collins, is one textbook offered in multiple formats. An open source version is also available free online.

Radiofrequency ablation [Graphic]

RF Ablation is a treatment for a precancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. The treatment consists of inserting and then inflating a balloon at the end of a scope within the affected area of the esophagus. A rapid (less than one second) burst of energy removes a very thin layer of the diseased esophagus, allowing healthy underlying tissue to surface.

"Pepper & Friends" budget [Document]

A breakdown of revenue and expenses for KOMU's "Pepper & Friends."

Hardeep Bhullar prepares for another city tournament [Photo]

Hardeep Bhullar, chairman of the Columbia City Golf Championship, practices his putting Tuesday at the Columbia Country Club. Bhullar has competed in every tournament since the event began in 1975.

Leaving Cooper's Landing [Photo]

St. Louis resident Melanie Hof pushes off from the Cooper's Landing on Wednesday as the leader in the MR340 women's division. Hof has only been paddling since June.

Grumpy Old Men come to shore [Photo]

Grumpy Old Men team members Charlie Stewart, left. and Richard Miller, both of Spring, Texas, attract attention from the media as they stop at the Cooper's Landing check point Wednesday during the MR340 paddling race. Veterans of this race, the team has continued to compete despite Miller's severe loss of vision.

Arriving at Cooper's Landing [Photo]

Guy Roman, left, and Joshua Schloesser wait as Phil Bowden, from San Marcos, Texas, pulls into Cooper's Landing on Wednesday.

Kayak team gets encouragement from supporters [Photo]

The Aquaholics kayak team from Jefferson City gets encouragement from their supporters Wednesday as they leave the Cooper's Landing check point of the Missouri River 340 race.

Applying sunscreen for the race [Photo]

Nancy Day sprays sunscreen on Team Inertia racer James Kaufamn as he and his tandem kayak partner Ryan Slebos make a quick rest stop Wednesday at Cooper's Landing.

Stocking up on calories [Photo]

Team Inertia members Ryan Slebos, left, and James Kaufman, quickly stock up on calories Wednesday during their Missouri River 340 race rest stop at the Cooper's Landing check point south of Columbia.

National Night Out 2009 [Video]

Eighteen Columbia Neighborhood Watch groups held events Tuesday evening including potluck dinners and cake walks. National Night Out was created in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch in an effort to strengthen community bonds and deter crime on a neighborhood level.

Larry Brown photo [Photo]

Larry Brown

Dianne Lynch photo [Photo]

Dianne Lynch

Jim Macmillan photo [Photo]

Jim Macmillan

MU alumnus nominated for Homeland Security position [Photo]

Alexander Garza, a 1996 graduate of the MU School of Medicine, receives the medical school’s Outstanding Young Physician Award in 2008. President Barack Obama has nominated Garza to serve as assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Recycled racing boat [Photo]

Adam Burns, who also goes by the moniker Uncle A Dog, waits for the start of the Missouri River 340 race in the mud at the side of his canoe made from recycled barrels and used floor boards, at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. on Tuesday.

Banana boat [Photo]

MR 340 race participants get ingenious with the available space on their boats in order to minimize the time they need to spend at the onshore check points. The racers set set off for St. Charles from Kaw Point Riverbank Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.

Keeping the team together [Photo]

Tom Young makes an anxious call in search for a tardy team member as his boat prepares to cast off from the shore at the beginning of the Missouri River 340 race in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday.

Racing in the rain [Photo]

Spring, Tx. resident and Missouri River 340 veteran Richard Miller soaks up the pre-race atmosphere an hour before the scheduled start at Kaw Point boat landing in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday. After an hour and a half postponement, the racers set off for St. Charles under overcast, but dry, skies.

Sporting a piece of history [Photo]

Dick Brumley, Sid Stoffels, Tom Young, John Meyer, Arlen Beck and Tom Ronk wait for the beginning of the MR340 race from the hull of their Lewis and Clark expedition replica canoe on the Missouri River off of Kew Point in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday. Theirs is the largest team competing in the race this year.