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.

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Reflecting on Missouri's play, looking ahead to Kansas State

Missouri (2-2) had a bye week last week but looks ahead to its game against Kansas State (4-0) on Saturday.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: A fundraiser, a film festival and a horse whisperer

With a week full of fun at tie-dye day, the Citizen Jane film festival and the Shepard Stallion Stampede fundraiser, children dominated the week in photos.

Edwards grabs share of Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lead

Columbia native Carl Edwards moved into a tie for first place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after a third-place finish Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Kurt Busch won the race.

PHOTO GALLERY: Carnival games and root beer floats at Oktoberfest

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church held its yearly Oktoberfest celebration — which included carnival games, live music, a silent auction and a raffle — Sunday afternoon to raise funds for the parish.


THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Boone County Commissioner Ed Robb dies

The deaths of Ed Robb and Bob Cassilly, two highway collisions and two analyses about MU football players Michael Egnew and Henry Josey were among the website's most-read stories last week.

Entrepreneurs present business ideas at Columbia's first Startup Weekend

Participants of Startup Weekend spent the weekend developing business ideas to compete for funds to start their businesses.

THE WEEK IN COMMENTS: Class warfare, parking meters and gas prices

The White House's push to raise taxes, parking downtown and a hike on tobacco drew the most attention from commenters this week.

Missouri soccer team loses to Texas

The Missouri women's soccer team fell for the third time in Big 12 Conference play.

2011 CROP Hunger Walk brings community together to overcome poverty

The 2011 CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday raised more than $2,000 in an effort to overcome poverty. The walk was 2.5 miles around downtown Columbia.

Bethel-Nifong rezoning decision expected at Monday's City Council meeting

After the rezoning proposal, residents in the area have voiced concerns about stormwater runoff and traffic in the area.

DOWNTOWN: Residents celebrate love for animals with church blessings

Animals received blessings at the annual St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of Animals event at Calvary Episcopal Church.