Gov. Nixon releases $5 million for new MU autism center

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 4:24 p.m. CST; updated 4:43 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 12, 2009

COLUMBIA — Gov. Jay Nixon says he will honor a pledge made by his predecessor last year and turn over $5 million toward construction of a new autism research and treatment center at MU.

The new governor announced his decision Thursday after a tour of the university's Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Former Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation in 2008 to give money to the center from the state's capital improvements fund. But the sour economy prompted Nixon to place a temporary hold on all pending capital projects until they could bereviewed further.

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