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Missouri River 340 continues to grow in popularity and competiton

After 340 miles and four days, the contestants of the Missouri River 340 reached the finish line to the sweet sound of applause.

Missouri to waive sales tax for back-to-school shopping

Missouri's annual sales tax holiday will be in effect Friday through Sunday, allowing shoppers to purchase back-to-school supplies minus state and sometimes even local sales tax. Columbia and Boone County will still charge for local sales tax.

Hearing set on Missouri grain fraud claims

Cathy Gieseker faces 12 state felony charges for a $50 million grain fraud scheme.  Farmers will get a chance during a hearing on Friday to recover at least a portion of their losses from the Ponzi scheme.

Terrorists accused of trying to disrupt Suu Kyi trial in Myanmar

A Missouri man on trial with Aung San Suu Kyi also suffered multiple seizures in prison, which could further delay the verdict.

Mayor Funkhouser upset after Kansas City Council alters volunteer ordinance

The Kansas City Council changed a law on Thursday to limit family members of city employees from volunteering more than 10 hours a month. The change is directed at Mayor Mark Funkhouser's wife, who the Council thinks exerts too much influence.

St. Louis police not happy about new tattoo policy

The St. Louis Police Officers' Association said it plans to meet next week to discuss a new policy that prohibits officers and civilian employees from having visible tattoos.  Several officers have been sent home in the past week since the policy went into effect.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rookie racer leading her division of Missouri River 340

Hof left the check point leading the women's solo division of the Missouri River 340, a trek for canoeists and kayakers that takes paddlers 340 miles down the Missouri River. It is a remarkable accomplishment for someone who only began paddling in June.

Skelton says U.S. Army will modernize Whiteman helicopter

Upgrades to modernize the AH-64A Apache Attack helicopter, used at the Whitman Air Force Base, will begin arriving in October 2011, Rep. Ike Skelton said Thursday. Eight more will be added to the fleet.

Mom in cyber-bullying case asks to use Web again

Lori Drew, the suburban St. Louis mother who was tried on charges of using a MySpace hoax to harass a 13-year-old girl who later committed suicide, has asked to use the Internet again as part of a job she has been offered. Drew's conviction of illegally accessing a computer was overturned in July.

St. Joseph sues state over property tax bill veto

The veto will cause the city to lower its voter-approved property tax. Nixon justified his veto by saying the bill would allow other cities to raise their property taxes without voter approval.

Burger King: No shoes rule went too far

The restaurant asked a family to leave because a six-month-old infant was not wearing shoes.

Lewis and Clark re-enactors racing Chinook Indian canoe in Missouri River 340

The Its Woot Rivermen are one of the teams competing in this year's Missouri River 340, a trek for canoeists and kayakers that takes paddlers 340 miles down the Missouri River. The team is part of the Discovery Exploration organization that from 2003 to 2006 reenacted the Lewis and Clark expedition across America.

They followed the same path as Lewis and Clark and camped at the same locations. The only difference was the modern-day travelers used satellite cell phones to keep in touch with communities where had planned to make presentations and they used a motorized canoe because many of the rivers are no longer navigable with paddles.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri River 340 racers get late but successful start

Race co-director Scott Mansker said the race, a 340-mile trek for canoeists and kayakers down the Missouri River to St. Charles, was delayed for the first time in its short four-year history.

Foreign detainees wouldn't be Midwest's first

Historians say the negative reaction to housing suspected terrorists in Kansas is far different from what it was like when World War II POWs were housed in Kansas, Missouri and other states.

Gov. Nixon selected as Distinguished Eagle Scout

Gov. Jay Nixon will receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award next year. It's an award that fewer than one of every 1,000 Eagle Scouts ultimately receive.

'Missing' grand jury records turn up in Missouri murder

A defense attorney for the Mark Woodworth wants the transcripts, which a judge ruled did not exist, in order to scrutinize the courtroom conduct of the prosecutor who presented the evidence.

Group wants more Midwest Latinos to answer Census

Eleven Midwest states are participating in an education and awareness campaign that aims to encourage Latinos to participate in the 2010 Census. Officials say some immigrants worry about providing details that could lead to inquiries of their immigration status.

UPDATE: U.S. Commerce chief announces electric vehicle grants

Smith Electric Vehicle's U.S. subsidiary is receiving a $10 million grant to help build its planned manufacturing plant near the Kansas City International Airport. It is part of a national effort to boost the battery and electric vehicle industry and create jobs.

U.S. Commerce chief announces electric vehicle grants

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced more than $15 million in federal grants for Missouri, including money for Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp., the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC.

UPDATE: Missouri to seek $200 million in stimulus funds for railroads

The projects focus on the Union Pacific tracks used by the twice daily Amtrak passenger trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.

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