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MODOT Says KKK Unfit to Adopt-A-Highway

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis – Missouri's Transportation Department will appeal a judge's decision that allows the Ku Klux Klan to Adopt-A-Highway.

MODOT plans to take the case to federal appeals court in St. Louis.

Spokesman Jeff Briggs said applying for the volunteer program to clean a stretch of highway now asks whether the applicant discriminates.

"The Klan has a long history of discrimination in its membership based on race, as well as a history of violence," Briggs said. "And because of those illegal activities, under our regulations, they are not eligible to participate."

The Klan in this case is not the same branch that applied and eventually was able to adopt a highway two years ago.

Back then, MODOT kicked the group out for not cleaning the road and then later changed the rules regarding who can join. The new rules, which ban groups that discriminate, are at issue in this case.

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