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Scaring away the competition [Photo]

Jordan Scotten, a sophomore in the Chi Omega sorority at MU, paints the window of Noodles and Company on Wednesday. Chi Omega, Farm House and Alpha Epsilon Pi were assigned to decorate Nothing But Noodles. Kasey Holdinghausen, a sophomore, is in charge of the design. She chose the theme, "Scaring Away the Competition," mixing Halloween and homecoming.

Explore the corn maze [Photo]

Keegan Adkins, 6, turns around to wait for the rest of the group as Jordan Taylor,10, and Cameron Dorth, 11, continue through the maze.

Decorating downtown [Photo]

Abbey Trescott, a senior in the Kappa Delta sorority at MU, draws a Truman Tiger with chalk on the wall of Starbucks Coffee on Wednesday.

corn maze questions [Photo]

Cameron Dorth, 11, punches out the answer to one of ten questions on her card on Friday, Oct. 10, at the corn maze at Shryocks Callaway Farms.

Glitter for homecoming [Photo]

Laura Cayce, a junior in the Kappa Delta sorority at MU, sprinkles glitter on a 'T' as part of the window decorations outside of Starbucks Coffee.

Pumpkins for MU [Photo]

Members of the Kappa Delta sorority decorated MU pumpkins to sit outside Starbucks Coffee on Ninth Street on Wednesday.

Painting Kaldi's [Photo]

Emily Baldwin paints Truman the Tiger's face onto a window at Kaldi's Cafe on Wednesday afternoon. Baldwin was decorating on behalf on her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. Sororities and fraternities spread themselves throughout downtown Columbia to decorate for MU's homecoming celebration this weekend.

Irwin to perform in Columbia [Photo]

Drew Irvin will be giving a concert on Saturday at Missouri United Methodist Church.

Cathy Richards at the League of Women Voters [Video]

Cathy Richards, Democratic candidate for public administrator, explains why she would be able to relate to the people the administrator cares for at a League of Women Voters candidate forum at the Columbia Public Library.

Water Bond Issue Effect on Rates [Graphic]

Columbia voters will decide on bond measure that would allow Columbia Water and Light to repair or replace water mains and flow systems across the city.

Art reception for Poppy [Photo]

Chris Vance, whose work is featured in the restaurant Bleu, will have a reception at Poppy on Friday. Vance created abstract paintings specifically for Bleu's opening earlier this year.

Bleu brings in art from Iowa [Photo]

After seeing his work at an art show in Des Moines, IA, Barbara McCormick and Liz Tucker, owners of Poppy, knew Chris Vance's work was just what Bleu needed. Bleu's owners were looking for artwork to display in the restaurant when it opened earlier this year. Vance was sent blueprints and fabric samplings to create custom art for the restaurant.

AUDIO: On the issues: Blaine Luetkemeyer [Slideshow]

9th District U.S. Representative candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer responds to the following topics:

What steps need to be taken to improve the economy?

Explain your plans for health care.

What short-term and long-term steps should the U.S. take in energy policy?

What does effective government look like?

How has your experience prepared you for a seat in the U.S. Congress?

Move your mouse over the time line to access a specific topic.

John Sullivan on mental health [Video]

Republican public administrator candidate John Sullivan answers a question about how the mental health system will affect the position at a League of Women Voters candidate forum in the Columbia Public Library.

VIDEO: Carole King speaks at Obama headquarters in Columbia [Video]

Singer-songwriter and Obama supporter Carole King stopped by Columbia’s Obama headquarters Tuesday evening to talk to volunteers. King rallied attendees with her experience as a Democrat in the red state of Idaho and a song.

VIDEO: Blaine Luetkemeyer speaks [Photo]

Watch video of 9th District candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer at a debate outside of St. Louis.

He answers the question: What can the federal government do to improve the academic performance of our students coming out of high school, and our colleges and universities?

VIDEO: Judy Baker speaks [Video]

Watch video of 9th District candidate Judy Baker at a debate outside of St. Louis.

She answers the question: What can the federal government do to improve the academic performance of our students coming out of high school, and our colleges and universities?

Volunteers Obama headquarters wear signs bearing Carole King lyrics [Photo]

Volunteers at the Obama headquarters in Columbia wore signs bearing Carole King song names Tuesday evening to welcome the singer-songwriter.

Carole King signs record albums at Obama headquarters in Columbia [Photo]

Carole King signed albums at the Obama headquarters in Columbia on Tuesday evening. She spoke on behalf of the Obama campaign and sang a few verses of "You've Got a Friend," one of her hit songs, with campaign volunteers and her music fans.

Carole King speaks at Barack Obama headquarters in Columbia [Photo]

Carole King spoke on behalf of the Obama campaign at the Obama headquarters in Columbia on Tuesday evening. The singer-songwriter is traveling through swing states and has been stopping in rural towns to gather support for the Obama campaign. She referred to her own neighbors in rural Idaho as "good, salt-of-the-earth people, some of whom are Republican" and addressed the delicacy of respecting voting choices in America today.
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