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New State Historical Society Headquarters Included in Bill

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The sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Lamping (R-St. Louis County), says barring race from consideration could help increase the number of adoptions in Missouri.

A new $35 million headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri is included in a bill awaiting Governor Jay Nixon's signature.

The Columbia Missourian reports that preliminary plans call for the historical society to be moved out of the University of Missouri's Ellis Library and into a new building in downtown Columbia. Funding for the building is part of a bill that includes $376.7 million for capital improvement projects around the state.

Doug Crews is a permanent trustee and former president of the State Historical Society. He says it's "really exciting and wonderful" that the state sees the project as a priority.

Mary Ellen Lohmann, of the State Historical Society, said there would be independent fundraising to supplement state funding.

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