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PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the "Racing to Read" program, made possible through grants from his office. Photo courtesy of L. Swinford

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est...Read More

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PHOTO: July is National Park and Recreation Month, an initiative designed to encourage people to spend more time taking in the fresh air and scenery of the great outdoors. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missourians and others are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices and head outdoors during "National Park and Recreation Month" in July. Lauren Hoffman, director of marketing and communications at the National Recreation and Park Association, said her organ...Read More

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PHOTO: AmeriCorps volunteers helped construct a sandbag wall to protect Clarksville's historic downtown, but they say more needs to be done to find a long-term solution to flooding in this Mississippi River community. Photo credit: Clare Holdinghaus.

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - A municipal decision put one historic Missouri city in danger as the Mississippi River began to rise. While volunteers stepped in to save the town, they say a permanent solution is needed to keep Clarksville's history from washing away. The Clarksville City Council said it couldn...Read More

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PHOTO: New research finds drivers of 2014 model vehicles are saving about 20 percent more on gasoline than those who drive a 2008 model. Photo credit: John Sense/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missourians who have hit the road this summer have likely felt the pinch at the gas pump. But some spend a lot less fueling up than others. New research from the Consumer Federation of America found that the average fuel economy of new cars has improved by 20 percent in four y...Read More

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IMAGE: A first step toward ending big money in politics? The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress and states control of campaign spending limits, in response to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Image credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor, after winning approval Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The goal of Senate Joint Resolution 19, said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, ca...Read More

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PHOTO: Kansas City Municipal Court Judge Joseph Locascio and Drug Court participant Billy Smith work together in the court's garden. Photo courtesy of Benita Jones.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most gardeners can vouch for the therapeutic benefits of digging in the dirt, and so can some participants in Kansas City's drug, mental-health and veterans' treatment courts, thanks to a special program that's planting seeds of recovery. The garden, where offenders and court off...Read More

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PHOTO: More than 600 paddlers, plus hundreds more support staff and officials, will take to the water over the next several days to draw attention to water quality concerns and raise funds to preserve the Missouri River. Photo courtesy Missouri American Water

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Paddling for a purpose. That's what more than 600 people will be doing tomorrow (Tues.) when they launch their boats in the world's largest canoe and kayak race, an event that raises money and awareness for the Missouri River. The Missouri 340 River Race is sponsored by Mi...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report says Missouri's notoriously hot and humid summer days will become more common, and more unbearable, in the very near future, with significant consequences for people and businesses if nothing is done to reduce carbon emissions. Photo credit: Paul Anderson /

ST. LOUIS - Missouri summers are known for high temperatures and abundant humidity, but both could become far more dramatic and take a greater toll on the state's health and economy, according to a new report on the possible impacts of climate change. The report from the Risky Business Project warn...Read More

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