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Columbia organization encourages shopping locally during its Independents Week

Columbia Locally Owned Retail and Services began its Independents Week on Thursday, challenging residents to shop locally to boost the community economy.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the IBM deal have been conducted the way it was?

IBM insisted on speed and secrecy when negotiating with the city to bring a new data center to Columbia.

Nixon OKs law ending printing of Blue Book, other Missouri information

The governor said it did not make sense to continue spending funds to print state information when all the information can be accessed online. The law is estimated to save about $1.7 million over two years.

AUDIO: Children in Moving Ahead program explore state park

The Moving Ahead program is a Columbia Housing Authority initiative that provides kids from low-income backgrounds with tutors, field trips, and special events.

St. Louis VA Medical Center secretary: Inadequately sterilized equipment 'unacceptable'

The medical center is urging nearly 2,000 veterans, who had dental procedures from Feb. 1, 2009, to March 11 this year, to have their blood tested for viral infections because of the improperly sterilized equipment. 

Committee to hear public comment on parking garage art

The Standing Committee for Public Art will review comments Friday on a proposed design for the garage that is scheduled to be built at the intersection of Fifth and Walnut.

Missouri Gas Energy customers to see rates increase

Starting July 8, Missouri Gas Energy customers will see their utility rates increase because of the rising cost of wholesale natural gas.

UPDATE: Ford incentives stall in Missouri Senate committee

The bill offering up to $15 million annually in tax breaks for the automotive industry passed the House and a Senate economic development committee, but a Senate panel charged with reviewing the financial effect of legislation adjourned Thursday without voting on the bill, thus blocking it from reaching the Senate floor.

University Concert Series's January performance of 'Grease' canceled

The company had to cancel its Jan. 30, 2011, performance because of unapproved mileage in its travel schedule. Ticket holders will be receiving a letter about exchange and refund options.

Boone County Government Center renovation approved

The Boone County Commission approved a $3.9 million expansion and renovation of the Boone County Government Center and the former Johnson paint company building during a Tuesday meeting.

VIDEO: Maggots force plane back to gate in Atlanta

A passenger had the container in a carry-on bag and brought it on Monday's flight heading from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C., said US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher.

Clayton becomes smoke-free

The St. Louis County seat is smoke-free in most businesses and restaurants as of Thursday, though there are a few exemptions.

New rules bring online piracy fight to U.S. campuses

Beginning this month, schools are required to combat piracy or risk losing federal funds. The University of Missouri already prohibits the use of all peer-to-peer applications.

Shots fired in 500 block of W. Ash Street

At least three shots were fired early Thursday afternoon, no one was injured.

Ford incentives stall in Missouri Senate committee

The centerpiece of Missouri's special legislative session is intended to entice Ford Motor Co. to make its next generation of vehicles at the Claycomo assembly plant near Kansas City.

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