Beat the heat with Columbia's cooling centers

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COLUMBIA – The City of Columbia coordinates nine cooling centers around town to help people beat the unseasonably high temperatures.These cooling centers are important for people like Donald Ash, who have limited access to air conditioning.“This is a necessity more than a luxury right now,” Ash said.He said he goes to Columbia Library every day to escape the heat.“It’s very important. If I were stuck outside in this all day, it wouldn’t be good,” he said.Each of the nine cooling centers is marked with a sign designating it as a free place to take shelter from the heat.Columbia/ Boone County Public Health and Human Services Community Relations Specialist Eric Stann said each location is provided by community organizations. “We really appreciate...

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Beat the heat with Columbia's cooling centers

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