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Off the Clock - Women Raising Alpacas, Creating Fabric

Four women own and operate Heartfelt Alpaca Creations in Columbia, Missouri. Three of the women, Mary Licklider, Linda Coats, and Diane Peckham, all brought their alpacas into the business, while Carol Brown is a fiber artists who makes felt sheets. The women started the business about six years ago. Why alpaca? Licklider said the best alpaca fiber is as soft as cashmere. Additionally, it's a stronger fiber, but a similar weight.

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For years, YouTube’s “restricted mode” has been an option for schools and parents who want to limit children’s access to sensitive content, but the site had to issue an apology after users discovered that some LGBTQ-related content was blocked under this filter.

The apology stated that while some LGBTQ-related content was available in restricted mode, videos that included “more sensitive issues” may not be.

Nation's Top Basketball Recruit Commits to Missouri

Mar 25, 2017

Former hometown hero Michael Porter Jr. — the country's best player — is ready to return to Columbia and revive the Missouri basketball program.

On Friday, Porter Jr. announced through Twitter that he will play the next season with the Tigers. 

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County Clerks’ offices across Missouri are testing voting machines in preparation for the April 4 municipal elections.  State law requires that each county tests machines before and after each election.

The Cole County Clerk’s office finished its testing earlier this week.  Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer said the process is in place to ensure complete accuracy.

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Faith Voices of Columbia hosted a Ward 1 City Council Candidate Forum Thursday night to discuss solutions to poverty and homelessness in the area.

Prevailing Wage Laws May Be Repealed

Mar 24, 2017
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The Missouri State Senate will hear a bill that could remove prevailing wage laws in the state Monday.

These laws require government organizations to pay contractors what is known as prevailing wage. Prevailing wage is an established hourly rate determined by a survey of contracts in each county.

Richard Sheets, deputy director for the Missouri Municipal League, thinks that this system is faulty.


The development delay ordinance for downtown Columbia enacted last spring will expire March 31.

The ordinance set restrictions on multi-family residential apartments and demolition projects within a one-mile radius of the downtown area.

Third Ward Councilmember Karl Skala said the ordinance was initially enacted by the City Council to regulate the influx of student apartment complexes.

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not let pool reporters into some meetings during his trip to the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, deciding to only take a Fox News reporter instead. Tillerson reportedly has little interaction with media, and recently made headlines for a comment saying “I’m not a big press access person.”

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discussed why Tillerson is so reluctant to involve the press in his affairs on the weekly media criticism program, “Views of the News.”

Columbia Public Works

COLUMBIA -- The Columbia Public Works Department announced its 2017 Plan on Monday to the City Council. This plan works on preventative maintenance to roads and pothole restoration which Public Works Engineering Manager Richard Stone said is more cost efficient than working from the ground up and will save the city money.