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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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This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Friday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Thursday, St. Louis on the Air will host a moderated conversation about Proposition 1, one of the ballot measures that City of St. Louis voters will decide on during the April 4 election.

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President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, testified in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture committee today, but remains far from the head job at USDA.

The committee did not indicate when it would vote on whether to advance Perdue’s nomination.

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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.

Today Paul Pepper visits with BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, about Earth Hour 2017. Plan to join the rest of the world and go dark from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 25! A small gesture can make a big impact on future generations to come. Watch for details! March 23, 2017

Porter Jr. Seeks Release from Washington, Talks of Interest in Missouri

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Former Tolton Catholic High School basketball star — and the country's No. 1 player — Michael Porter Jr. said he has decided to ask out of his National Letter of Intent to play at Washington.

As a Huskies signee since November, he intended to ask out of his NLI from the school after former coach Lorenzo Romar was fired but will meet with new coach Mike Hopkins before formally requesting out.

He'll be a free agent to sign elsewhere when the late signing period opens April 12. 

  The University of Missouri System's new president says he wants to leverage private-public partnerships to bring revenue and investments to campus.

The Columbia Missourian reports President Mun Choi joined about 100 members and guests of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday as part of its "Lunch with a Leader" series. At the gathering, Choi emphasized the mutual economic benefit of such partnerships.

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The MU School of Music revealed the architectural design for a new building on Tuesday. Construction at Hitt Street and University Avenue is set to begin in January 2018. It will open in August 2019 according to the project timeline.

The school currently has six buildings spread throughout campus. One of the main reasons why the school needs a new building is the need to consolidate all daily operations. Julia Gaines, the director of the school, said it is critical for students to be around each other so that they can collaborate musically.

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The Columbia City Council approved the MKT Trail bridge replacement project in a public hearing Monday.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department proposed the replacement of bridges No. 5 and No. 7 on the MKT Trail. If funding allows, the department will include replacement of bridge No. 8. The new bridges will not require as much maintenance and inspection compared to the existing ones that are 120-years-old.

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Daniel Boone Regional Library is offering a few sessions of free tax preparation services each week. The program is organized by a group of volunteers from AARP. The library site is one of more than 5,000 service locations nationwide, according to AARP’s website.

AAPR Site Coordinator Michael Cox said they help people file tax returns electronically.

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