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South Dakota native 1 of 53 to complete Antarctic marathon

- Associated Press

Heather Carr finished the race. And that's all she cared about. The Eden Prairie, Minn., resident and Mitchell native was one of 53 people to complete the 2014 Antarctic Ice Marathon at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica. It was Carr's fifth marathon, and she was one of 10 women to run the race. She finished with a time of 8 hours, 6 minutes, 10 seconds.

Lawmakers to mull child abuse, disease outbreaks and roads

- Associated Press

Lawmakers this week will consider measures to join states calling for a constitutional convention to require a balanced federal budget, make child abuse allegations clearer and strengthen the state's ability to react to deadly disease outbreaks. This is the third week in South Dakota's 39-day legislative session. Here are a few of the key issues to watch:

North Dakota chapter of Mended Hearts launches in Minot

- Associated Press

The first North Dakota chapter of Mended Hearts was launched in Minot, offering a chance for heart disease patients, their families and caregivers in the city to come together and give hope to each other.

With numbers falling, Houston-area nuns' future uncertain

- Associated Press

When God called teenager Anna Nguyen to the Catholic sisterhood, she was startled that he did so in an audible voice - and that he spoke Vietnamese. When the deity tapped Ivana Menchaca, she was well on the way to earning a college degree she hoped would land her a job with the FBI.

EXCHANGE: Illinois marrow donor shares story

- Associated Press

Somewhere during his long stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Brad Vogelgesang of La Salle volunteered his name for a bone marrow registry.

New test spurs debate over best cervical cancer detection

- Associated Press

For many women, an annual Pap test was part of becoming an adult. Now doctors are wondering whether that test is the best way to screen for cervical cancer, once the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the U.S.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 25 - In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, Dr. Bruce Miller, left, and Todd Rainwater speak to the media during a semi-annual meeting of the Tau Consortium at the Fort Worth Club, in Fort Worth, Texas,. Rainwater's father, Fort Worth billionaire Richard Rainwater, is suffering from an incurable brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and has poured more than $50 million into a research effort to find a cure. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Brandon Wade)  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

Rainwater family seeks cure to billionaire's brain disease

- Associated Press

Shortly after Richard Rainwater was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease in 2009, the billionaire Fort Worth investor gathered with family members and a team of doctors in New York to learn more about progressive supranuclear palsy.

Nevada governor seeks to expand autism care program

- Associated Press

Plans seeking more money for education and wholesale changes to the tax code are certain to spark debate in Nevada this session, but they weren't the only dramatic shifts Gov. Brian Sandoval called for in his State of the State address.

Teen readjusts after brain injury from skateboard accident

- Associated Press

For Becky Ayotte, a mother of four boys, ages 8 to 18, the life-altering afternoon of Sept. 2 started out like many others. Eldest son T.J. was at work, 14-year-old Nathan was at football practice, and 8-year-old Garrett was playing outside the Ayotte's Tanglewood Drive home with friends.