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Updated August 31 at 4 p.m. with comments from Love and Gov. Greitens:

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and Democratic elected officials are calling for a Republican lawmaker from southwest Missouri to step down after he posted on Facebook that people who defaced a Confederate statue should be “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”

Rep. Warren Love's GOP legislative colleagues are also condemning the Osceola Republican after he posted his reaction to the news that someone threw paint on a Confederate memorial at the Springfield National Cemetery. He wrote: “This is totally against the law. I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”

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This story has been updated to reflect comments from Missouri's governor and lieutenant governor.

Another Missouri state lawmaker is being called on to resign after a post on social media, this one hoping harm against vandals of a Confederate monument.   

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Missouri’s Blue Alert System becomes operational today.  It was created through Senate Bill 34, signed by Governor Eric Greitens in July. 

Updated at 3:25 p.m. with law suspended — With the submission of more than 300,000 signatures Friday, Missouri’s right-to-work law won't go into effect Aug. 28 and its fate likely will be put to voters in 2018.

The law is suspended, Secretary of State spokeswoman Maura Browning told St. Louis Public Radio. The office still needs to verify that at least 100,000 of the signatures are from registered voters — the minimum to force a statewide vote in November 2018.

She said the count will take weeks and that if there isn't enough, the law will be put in place.

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Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is prepared to implement a never-before used article of the Missouri Constitution forcing Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal out of office if she doesn’t resign by the September veto session.

Parson made the announcement during a press conference in Springfield Friday, a day after Chappelle-Nadal’s now-deleted Facebook comment hoping for the assassination of President Donald Trump.

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