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Talking Horse Production’s newest play might be considered challenging. That’s because it tackles hard subjects: race, implicit bias and prejudice.


The play, titled “White People,” is a series of monologues from three ordinary Americans. Talking Horse describes it as a “candid, brutally honest meditation on race and language in our culture.” The play is written by Tony award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers, who is originally from Columbia. His play “Oslo” is currently being performed at the Repertory Theatre in St. Louis.

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The Columbia Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a revised version of an attendance area boundaries map Monday. The latest maps were prompted by a new middle school set to open in 2020 and to avoid future overcrowding.


A consulting firm created four map options. The school board asked the firm to further study the “Option 2” map and make adjustments based on community feedback.

The board is also considering a plan to grandfather students currently enrolled to remain at their current schools.

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Columbia exceeded its renewable energy goals in 2018, and has plans to continue meeting its goals as the requirements increase over the years.

According to a report released by Columbia Water and Light, the city provided 15.65 percent of electric energy from renewable sources in 2018.