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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.

Man charged with DUI for lawnmower beer run

An Illinois man was arrested on charges of felony aggravated driving under the influence for driving a lawnmower to a gas station for more beer.

Illinois prep football players' injuries draw lawsuit

East St. Louis football coach Darren Sunkett and the district are being sued by the mother of a student-athlete who claims the coach and the school placed winning over the health of the student-athletes.

Authorities to take new look at old Missouri murder

Mark Woodworth is serving a life sentence for the murder of Cathy Robertson in 1990. A five-month examination by The Associated Press found that some evidence pointing to other suspects was discounted or not fully explored by investigators.

UPDATE: Kenya crash injures Missouri filmmakers, kills pilot

St. Louis-area filmmakers are being treated for burns and other injuries after surviving a plane crash in Kenya that killed the pilot and seriously injured another passenger.

Kenya plane crash kills pilot, injures Missouri filmmakers

The filmmakers are being treated for burns and injuries after the crash on Saturday in Nairobi.

Missouri receives $1 million for library computers

The grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be distributed in 120 Missouri libraries.

VA working to increase suicide prevention efforts for returning soldiers

The number of suicides among veterans has prompted a response from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Analysis: Fish and energy needs clash in Midwest

A new law in Arkansas will lead to less efficient use of hydropower dams in order to improve the surrounding waters as a trout habitat. The law might lead to increased electricity costs in several states, including Missouri.