WEST BOULEVARD: Community enjoys games, food and live music at Oktoberfest

The annual Oktoberfest, held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Sunday, has been getting bigger each year.

Italian appeals court clears Amanda Knox of murder

Amanda Knox, who is from Seattle, was convicted of murder and was incarcerated for four years in Italy. At the time of the incident, she was 20 years old. Italian Raffaele Sollecito, Knox's former boyfriend, also was cleared of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.

GOP businessman Brunner enters Missouri Senate race

John Brunner, chairman of his family's business, Vi-Jon Inc., is the third Republican seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Starbucks pushes job growth program

The coffee shop chain is teaming up with a nonprofit to collect donations for a program called "Jobs for USA." The program will start in November, and all donations will go toward loans for firms and organizations that could help with job growth.

Decline of handwritten letters challenges Postal Service, historians

People just don't write as many letters as they used to, but the Postal Service isn't all that's affected — for historians, it means a change in the documents they have as resources.

Healthy options at fast-food restaurants aren't popular

Just because restaurants include calorie counts on their menus, that doesn't mean people choose healthier options — in fact, people often don't.

Columbia College volleyball team collects seventh AMC victory

The Columbia College women's volleyball team took over sole possesion of first place in the America Midwest Conference standings with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Missouri Baptist on Monday.

St. Louis park site of protest against Wall Street

About three dozen protesters were in Kiener Plaza on Monday in a micro tent city.

Survey suggests region's economy continues to grow

The region's overall economic index increased to 52.2 in September from August's 52. Any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next few months.

DOUGLASS: Hickman to hold annual homecoming charity fair

Homecoming queen candidates will host a fair to raise funds for selected charities, such as Joplin Missouri Disaster Relief Fund.

Lettuce recall covers 19 states, including Missouri

Listeria contamination concerns prompted the voluntary lettuce recall.

Bluesman T.J. Wheeler teaches elementary students history, musical discovery

As a part of the Blues in the Schools program, musician T.J. Wheeler is conducting workshops and spurring interest about blues among Columbia elementary school students.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans lack leadership in legislature over jobs bill

If the jobs bill fails, at this point, it's entirely a Republican political failure. Because it doesn't have a 2012 gubernatorial candidate to rally behind, the party lacks the unifying political force needed to pass the jobs bill.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri government's response to sexual assault cases not sufficient

Three recent examples should give Missouri communities cause to wonder and worry about the state government's response to sexual assault cases.

Couple who own Columbia barbershop have 'a passion for hair'

Columbia couple Alvin and Debra Harris co-own and cut hair together at their barbershop, A Cut Above the Rest. The two have worked in the shop together for 17 years.

Big 12 presidents approve revenue sharing

Big 12 leaders agreed to equally share the wealth from the conference's most lucrative television deals if its members agree to lock those top-tier TV rights into the league for at least six years.