Blessed voyage [Photo]

Dick Brumley holds the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation a few moments after his team, the Its Woot Rivermen, completed the Missouri River 340 race in St. Charles on Thursday. Brumley is flanked on the left by Chinook Nation chairman Ray Gardner and Donnie Deerpath Wright. Wright blessed the canoe with a smudging ceremony before its departure from Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, and Gardner greeted the team in St. Charles with a gift of smoked salmon and uncirculated commemorative Lewis and Clark nickels.

'Green' boat [Photo]

Adam Burns adds some donated trail mix to his provisions as his teammate Dave Hudson waits on the boat launch at the Klondike check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. The teams' boat is constructed of recycled plastic barrels.

Family finish [Photo]

Family and friends greet Matt and Mark Verslues, both of Jefferson City, as they arrive at the finish of the MR 340 race on the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles on Thursday.

Eyes on the horizon [Photo]

Jim Jarman and Kelly Pretz peer north on the Missouri River awaiting the arrival of the Back Woods team to the Hermann check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. The tandem team is made up of Mike Hicks and Pretz's husband, Travis Pretz.

Chinook pride [Photo]

Tom Ronk waves the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation while Syd Stoffel holds the canoe steady and the Chinook Nation chairman embraces Dick Brumley after the Its Woot Rivermen team completes the MR 340 paddling race in St. Charles on Thursday.

Fresh supplies [Photo]

Sixteen-month-old Tristan Loveland runs to greet Rob Bell and his father, Joel Loveland, after their arrival into the Klondike check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. Loveland's wife, Rosanna Loveland, hands the team a bag of supplies for the last stretch into the race's finish in St. Charles.

Jimmy Burge performs a drill [Photo]

Jimmy Burge, a defensive lineman, performs a drill during the second day of MU football fall practice Friday.

Jaron Baston waits between sets [Photo]

Jaron Baston, defensive lineman, waits between sets of a drill during the second day of MU football fall practice, Friday morning.

Terrell Resonno performs drill [Photo]

Terrell Resonno, defensive lineman, performs a drill during the second day of MU football fall practice Friday morning.

Players rest between drills [Photo]

A group of offensive players rests between drills Friday morning, the second day of MU football fall practice. From left: J.T. Beasley, number 67; Kurtis Gregory, number 78; and Travis Ruth, number 53.

Watching the putt [Photo]

Cruz Buchanan watches a putt on 17 during the first round of the Kiwanis Golf Championship at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course on Friday.

Preparing for hospital addition [Photo]

Construction equipment arrives at Pershing Park on July 31, the last day the park will be open to patients and staff of the Truman Veterans Hospital. The park will be the site of new construction for the next few years as the hospital builds its new operating room suite.

VA map [Graphic]

VA coverage [Graphic]

Breaking with the Party [Graphic]

GRAPHIC | Sen. Kit Bond has voted with his party 78.1 percent of the time since the 111th Congress convened in January.

Conceptualized renovations [Photo]

In this artist's rendering of the veterans hospital, the proposed addition can be seen at the bottom right. It will be located where Pershing Park currently stands. Pershing Park will be relocated in the green space at the bottom right of this image.

Sotomayor first Hispanic confirmed to Supreme Court [Photo]

Supreme Court Justice designate Sonia Sotomayor is congratulated at the federal courthouse in New York after being confirmed by the Senate as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

Weatherspoon selected to be one of Missouri's captains [Photo]

Missouri senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was voted to be one of the team captains. He will be joined by wide receiver Danario Alexander, nose tackle Jaron Baston and offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory.

Missouri football practice kicks off [Photo]

Missouri cornerback Munir Prince, second from right, watches as teammates perform drills during the first practice of the fall season Thursday at the MU training fields.

Mike Alden contract 2009 [Document]

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