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Judge extends ban on Missouri college's drug testing

Monday, November 14, 2011 | 9:53 a.m. CST; updated 10:06 a.m. CST, Monday, November 14, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A drug-testing program for students at a central Missouri technical college will remain on hold until at least February.

Court records show U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey extended a temporary restraining order against Linn State Technical College last week. Laughrey also set a Feb. 3 hearing on whether to issue a permanent injunction.

The college adopted a program earlier this year to screen all first-year students and some returning students for cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone and eight other drugs. The judge initially imposed a restraining order against the policy in September in response to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Court records show Linn State has agreed not to collect or test urine specimens while the restraining order remains in effect.

 


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