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Missouri’s crowded GOP contest for governor has lost a participant, as state Sen. Bob Dixon is dropping out.

The departure of Dixon, R-Springfield, isn’t entirely unexpected. He was at the bottom of the pack when it came to fundraising. His last campaign finance report showed him with less than $83,000 in the bank.

As the debate on whether to accept Syrian refugees rages, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says now is not the time for a new national identity.

“As Americans, we have always been a country of immigrants,” Nixon says. “We have always a place that welcomed people who had horrific things happen to them, whether it has been in Africa or Bosnia or now in Syria.”

He says he understands the concerns of Missourians who are reticent to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

20 Republican state senators have now joined in calling on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees relocating in Missouri.

On Monday in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Nixon said he wants “federal partners to implement the strongest possible safeguards to protect our state and nation.” But he stopped short of refusing refugees from settling in Missouri, which other governors – including Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson – are in favor of.

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Missouri’s Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is calling on strong screening from the feds in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Nixon made his stance public Monday afternoon as several governors are announcing opposition to relocating Syrian refugees in their states, including Republican Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.

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Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says she supports carriage of concealed weapons without a permit for law-abiding citizens.

The former federal prosecutor and Missouri House Speaker unveiled her stance at Cherokee Firearms on north National in Springfield Thursday.

Hanaway applauded “constitutional-carry” legislation proposed this past session by Republican Rep. Eric Burlison.