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Two Missouri Initiatives Qualify For November Ballot

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state’s tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday that supporters of those proposals had submitted enough signatures from voters to put the questions on the statewide ballot.

Two other initiatives failed to make the ballot. One would raise Missouri’s minimum wage, while the other would place new restrictions on payday loans.

Proponents of those measures immediately said they would challenge their exclusions in court.

The St. Louis Police Department has been governed since the Civil War era by a state commission.

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