alcohol

The Mexican town of Tequila in the western state of Jalisco is the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit. Any bottle of tequila must be made from the Weber Blue species of agave, grown and distilled in this region.

Field after field of agave gives this land a blue hue, defining an economy and its traditions.

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The Columbia City Council has granted a request from restaurant and bar owners extending the hours to which alcohol can be served outside the premises -- just in time for warm weather.  The decision allows owners to serve alcohol outside until midnight and for alcohol to be consumed inside until 1 a.m.

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Columbia bartenders and store clerks who sell alcohol have to complete a training course and obtain certification required under a new city ordinance.

The Columbia health department is issuing new server photo IDs under the ordinance approved by the Columbia City Council last November. The measure requires every liquor store clerk, grocery store checker, bartender and waiter in Columbia to complete the online training by Jan. 1.

The city says it's issued about 400 certificates and expects many more people to take the course in the coming weeks.

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Missouri law from the Prohibition era that requires state residency for alcohol wholesalers.

KWMU-FM reports that the St. Louis-based Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a legal challenge by Southern Wine & Spirits of Miami.

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University has adopted a policy allowing students to seek medical care for overuse of alcohol or drugs without fear of reprisal.

The Maryville Daily Forum reports the amnesty provision approved by the university's Board of Regents is meant to ensure that students get the care they need.

A report released by the Missouri Department of Mental Health shows teens in Callaway County report higher alcohol and drug use than teens anywhere else in Missouri.

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If the governor signs the bill into law, alcohol sales would begin two hours earlier - at 4 a.m. - at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

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This week, we’ll hear from one MU researcher about the risk factors for alcohol dependence, and hear about cancer prevention.