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VIDEO: Blaine Luetkemeyer speaks

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?

Volunteers Obama headquarters wear signs bearing Carole King lyrics

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

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

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.

The pump-over step of grape fermentation at Les Bourgeois winery circulates the wine

The pump-over step of grape fermentation at Les Bourgeois winery circulates the wine and extracts flavor and tannins from the grape skins.

Corey Bomgaars tastes a few Vidal grapes at Les Bourgois in Rocheport

Cory Bomgaars tastes a few Vidal grapes in one of the vineyards at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport. Bomgaars spent several years studying in California and working in Napa and is now the head winemaker at Les Bourgeois.

Yeast is added to the day's batch of wine at Les Bourgeois

Head winemaker Cory Bomgaars, top, and winemaker Jake Holman process and add yeast to the day's batch of wine at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport. This year's tremendous crop has made 70-hour workweeks necessary to process all the grapes into wine.

Bena'e Hughley plants a tulip as part of the Plant the Promise project

Michelle Lindstedt,left, educational director of after-school program The Intersection, helps Bena'e Hughley, 8, plant a tulip bulb in Myrtle Ellis' lawn Tuesday afternoon. Each tulip the children plant during the Plant the Promise project represents their promise to stay drug- and alcohol-free.

Kamilka the dog at the new Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Hospital

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MU sophomore Caitlyn Vann earned the starting libero spot this season.

Tamara Millay, Libertarian candidate for in the U.S. House of Representatives

Tamara Millay

Dale Vaslow

Dale Vaslow

Columbia College goalkeeper Zach Clem

As a goalkeeper, Zach Clem is one of the unspoken leaders on the Columbia College soccer team. He says his experiences on a 2006 trip to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, helped make him more self assured and well rounded.

Crowd awaits McCain's appearance

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain wait outside of Buckingham Smokehouse in Columbia on Monday afternoon. McCain met with small-business owners while he ate lunch inside.

Supporters wait to see McCain

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain waited outside of Buckingham Smokehouse in Columbia on Monday afternoon while he ate inside.

McCain visits supporters in Columbia

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain reaches out to supporters after eating lunch in Columbia on Monday afternoon. He arrived at the Columbia Regional Airport around 12:30 p.m. and ate at Buckingham Smokehouse B-B-Q before leaving the city.

Christopher Dwyer

Christopher Dwyer

Kurt Schaefer

Kurt Schaefer

Chuck Graham

Chuck Graham

Don Hertzfeldt

This is a still from Don Hertzfeldt's latest film "I Am So Proud of You." He created the short animated films "Rejected" and "Everything Will Be OK," and he will present his new film at Ragtag Cinema at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a short discussion with Hertzfeldt after the showings.
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