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'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.

Missouri seeks stimulus funds for Kansas City-St. Louis rail

Missouri is competing against other states for the stimulus funds, and preliminary applications show states are seeking nearly 12 times the amount of money available.

St. Louis County to again consider smoking ban

If passed by the voters, the ban would exempt casinos and most bars.

Missouri Medicaid program searches for efficiencies

Ian McCaslin, director of MO HealthNet, said that his program is looking for ways to run the health care program for the poor more efficiently.  Currently, MO HealthNet is projected to cost more than $7.6 billion over the course of this year.

Veteran racer takes on Missouri River for first time

Cami Ronchetto and Linda LaFontaine are two of the many racers participating in the Missouri River 340. Ronchetto has participated in a number of adventure races over the years, but this is her first time tackling the Missouri River competition.

Missouri River race presents daunting challenges

A record-number of competitors will paddle down the Missouri River this week as part of the Missouri River 340. The grueling race presents physical and mental challenges to the participants during its four-day run.

UPDATE: Nixon announces technology grants for schools

Columbia schools will receive $199,989 as part of the more than $4 million in grants to fund technology in Missouri schools.

Raising a child costs middle-income families $221,000

Families spend varying amounts raising their children. Lower income families spend $160,000 through age 17, middle income families spend $221,000 and higher income families spend about $367,000, according to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Missourian on trial in Myanmar hospitalized for seizures

The seizures risk further delaying the court ruling for John Yettaw, who faces up to five years in jail for swimming to Aung San Suu Kyi's house, violating the terms of the democracy leader's detention.

Missouri Restaurant Association offers incentives for September

The Missouri Restaurant Association is initiating a program to stimulate restaurant patronage in Missouri. The first 1,000 people who accumulate $200 in restaurant expenses in September will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Carterville man arrested for driving drunk on mower

The police said the man also had a revoked license and outstanding warrants.

Gov. Nixon to announce tech grants for schools

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon will be announcing more than $4 million in grants for technology in schools. Nixon will make the announcement at the Carnahan High School of the Future in St. Louis.

Washington, Missouri, keeps anti-meth law

The City Council in Washington, Mo., has voted to keep a bill that requires a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medication. Working in one of the top counties for meth lab busts in the nation, police have praised the law.

Benton and Sikeston both nearing 150 years

Sikeston and Benton will both be turning 150 years old next year. The two Missouri towns have a number of celebrations prepared for the event, including a New Year's Eve ball in Sikeston and a Founder's Day celebration in Benton in April.

Rural hospital faces tough decisions with federal demand of electronic records

Rural hospitals such as Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola find themselves gambling when it comes to meeting federal demands to replace paper records with electronic ones. Although electronic systems can make an institution more efficient, the initial costs can be too much for smaller hospitals to handle.

Fire damages home of broadcaster Jack Buck's widow

A fire damaged the home of the widow of late Cardinals broadcaster, Jack Buck, on Tuesday, but she escaped unharmed.