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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri college’s comprehensive drug-testing plan for students will remain on hold following a ruling by a federal judge.

Linn State Technical College’s program calls for screening all first-year students and some returning students for cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone and other drugs. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the drug testing.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey in Jefferson City granted a temporary restraining order in September, and issued a ruling Tuesday that extends the restraining order through Nov. 8.

An attorney for Linn Tech did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Linn State is a two-year college with 1,200 students and campuses in the mid-Missouri towns of Linn, Jefferson City and Mexico.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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