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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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'Pizzagate' Gunman Pleads Guilty To Charges

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A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Friday to charges from an armed encounter within a Washington, D.C., pizzeria that was the focus of pernicious and baseless Internet rumors.

On Dec. 4, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch entered the Comet Ping Pong restaurant and fired an AR-15 rifle into a door. The 28-year-old man told police that he had driven from his home in Salisbury, N.C., to "self-investigate" the "pizzagate" conspiracy theory that the restaurant was the site of a child sex-abuse ring involving powerful Democrats such as Hillary Clinton.

A plane flies over a field in South Sudan. Out of the sky drops a cascade of pallets, sacks or boxes filled with emergency food supplies that, once they reach the ground, can make the difference between sustenance and starvation.

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Some small regional airports in Missouri may be facing budget cuts at the federal level.

The Trump administration’s proposed budget suggests eliminating the Essential Air Service program, which provides support to small regional airports, including the Kirksville Regional Airport, Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and Joplin Regional Airport.

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  JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require teenagers to be older before they could get married without permission from a judge.

House members voted 139-1 Thursday to send the measure to the Senate.

Under current law, children ages 15-17 can get married with permission from a parent, and those younger than 15 need approval from a judge.

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill advancing in the Missouri Legislature would change whom patients could sue for medical malpractice.

The bill passed the House 101-50 Thursday and now goes to the Senate.

If made law, patients could only sue hospitals if the physician accused of wrongdoing is an employee. Hospitals couldn't be sued because of doctors who only have admitting privileges.

Republican Rep. Kevin Austin says it's unfair to sue hospitals for malpractice by a doctor who only performs some work there.

The Coalition of Graduate Workers (CGW) at the University of Missouri is discussing ways to make the school a "sanctuary campus" for students who may be in the United States illegally. The organization held a listening session on Wednesday. Students, faculty, staff and community members discussed policy ideas to present to the university.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today Paul Pepper invites local storyteller LARRY BROWN back to share with us a traditional Irish story about a young man named Jack who makes a bad deal go right with the help of a mouse, a bee and a cockroach in County Donegal in Ireland. March 17, 2017

MU Makes Plans for $20M State Funding Cut

Mar 17, 2017
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Interim Chancellor Hank Foley addressed faculty in general meeting Wednesday about budget cuts for 2018. Then, on Thursday, he detailed how much each department might lose in an email.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill that could allow charter schools to expand to more districts.

With an 83-76 vote on Thursday, the House passed a proposal that would allow charters to operate in more heavily-populated districts such as Springfield and Columbia. It would also allow charters to move into districts with at least one low-performing school.

Opponents say the proposal takes money away from underfunded public schools and gives the money to privately-operated charters with less accountability.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill increasing fines for illegally using herbicides that damage other farmers' crops.

The legislation allows the Department of Agriculture to fine any person who damages another farmer's crops, land, or property by using a herbicide on a crop for which the herbicide is not labeled for use.  

Farmers can be fined up to $10,000 for each instance of damage and up to $25,000 for repeat offenders.