THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Peppers, balloons and football

The seventh annual Tomato Festival, the Providence Bowl football game and a balloon launch led to some of the best photos taken by Missourian photographers last week.

Missouri women's soccer team wraps up perfect weekend

The Tigers defeated Purdue 4-2 Sunday at Walton Stadium to earn their third consecutive victory.

Columbia College goalkeeper has successful debut

Matt McKenna's first game as the Cougars' starting goalkeeper resulted in a 5-0 victory over Robert Morris on Sunday in Columbia.

For 'Columbia for Joplin' volunteers, 'it's a reality check'

PHOTO GALLERY: Irene strikes East Coast

Breaking down the aftermath of the Joplin tornado

The Joplin tornado left thousands without homes or businesses, and here are the statistics three months after the historically destructive disaster.

THE WEEK IN COMMENTS: Politics, bus changes, nuclear arms, an earthquake and the South

Missourian commenters debated President Obama's policies and whether Missouri is a Southern state.

Matthes proposes partnership between tourism bureau, cultural affairs

The city manager has suggested sharing space to accommodate more cooperation by the departments.

ANALYSIS: Missouri commissions can't reach deal on General Assembly redistricting

A nonpartisan judicial commission will instead decide the future of Missouri's legislative districts.

Candlelight vigil held in honor of Columbia DJ Marvin Holmes

Holmes died Saturday evening at University Hospital.

Found body identified as missing St. Charles man Nicholas Coppola

A body found in a creek on the border of Lincoln and Warren counties was identified by an eastern Missouri coroner as Nicholas Coppola.

Authorities respond to accident on Interstate 70

No one was injured in an accident just east of exit 121 Sunday afternoon.

City manager proposes new Community Development Department

City Manager Mike Matthes has proposed creating a Community Development Department to give residents a "one-stop shop" for all stages of the development process.

Mayor honors downtown Columbia's Cool Stuff store

Mayor Bob McDavid issued a "Cool Stuff Day" proclamation at the owner's request.

UPDATE: Flood worries and some relief on the East Coast in Irene's wake

Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene spent the last of its fury Sunday. The nation's most populous region looked to a new week and the arduous process of getting back to normal.

Repairs could take days after Hurricane Irene causes flooding, power outages

After the hurricane, North Carolina residents and officials survey the damage, while fears remain about how long it will last.

UPDATE: Flood worries but some relief in Irene's wake

Tropical Storm Irene passed through the northeast leaving less damage than many feared.

MORE COVERAGE: Hurricane Irene damage, reactions and deaths

Learn more about the effects of the East Coast hurricane.

As Irene roars in, New York City escapes the worst

Tropical Storm Irene unleashed furious wind and rain on New York on Sunday and sent seawater surging into the Manhattan streets. But the storm was not nearly as bad as many feared.