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Cole County judge refuses to halt Missouri strip club law

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 5:55 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri appeals court panel has refused to halt a new law imposing restrictions on strip clubs and adult video stores.

A law that took effect over the weekend requires sexually oriented businesses to close at midnight and prohibits full nudity, among other things.

A Cole County judge denied a request Friday to issue a temporary restraining order against the law. A coalition of store owners and erotic dancers then asked the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District to order the judge to block the law.

The appeals court denied that request Wednesday.

That means the law will remain in effect while a lawsuit challenging it continues in Cole County Court.


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