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Strip club restrictions signed

Sen. Matt Bartle [right] accepts congratulations from his colleague, Sen. Jack Goodman [left], shortly after Bartle won his long battle to regulate sexually oriented businesses in Missouri. The Senate passed Bartle's bill on the second to last day of the 2010 session. Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill into law on Friday. Photo by Scott Lauck

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New DWI law closes expungement loophole

Legislation that creates stronger penalties for DWI offenders was signed into law June 2. Gov. Jay Nixon is touting the changes as the most significant in Missouri DWI laws since the blood-alcohol limit was reduced to .08.

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Lawsuit challenges health care referendum

A lawsuit filed in Cole County is seeking to remove from the August ballot an initiative that attempts to exempt Missouri from the federal health care law.

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Bryan Cave partner goes through ringer

A Bryan Cave partner angling to be the next U.S. deputy attorney general faced questions about bringing charges against corporations from the ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Eckersley putting $100,000 into U.S. House campaign

Scott Eckersley, who was fired from former Gov. Matt Blunt’s office said Monday that he is using $100,000 from a state legal settlement to help finance a campaign for Congress. Eckersley lost his job in 2007 after challenging the office’s document-retention policy. In this February photo, he testified before a Missouri House committee hearing a bill to strengthen the state’s Sunshine law.

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The end of refusal

Phadra Olsen, a drunk driving victim, speaks about the most severe consequences of drunk drivers on the roads at a ceremony on Wednesday in Jefferson City where Governor Jay Nixon signed into law a bill to alter DWI laws. Current law states that if a driver refuses to submit to a breath or blood test, then "none shall be given." The new law, which will go into effect Aug. 28, deletes that phrase.

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