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In this Aug. 30, 2013, photo Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, outside the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services center in Farmington, Mo., discusses his veto of a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature that would strike juvenile offenders from public-notification websites and eventually allow their removal from the sex-offender lists compiled by police. Lawmakers areĀ  to convene Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, to consider overriding Nixon's veto. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

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Donor is behind effort to ease sex-offender rules

As the politically connected owners of a multi-state tobacco store chain, Jon Rand and Sharie Keil have contributed thousands of dollars to Missouri politicians and even hired their own lobbyists. But the cause they are pushing right now has nothing to do with cigarettes.

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