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Authorities say 100 gallons of diesel fuel has spilled into the Missouri River near Kansas City.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the spill happened Monday night when a towing vessel's fuel tank ruptured.

A boom has been placed around the vessel to contain the discharged fuel. The release says the Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation until the fuel is removed from the water.

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Missouri is curtailing inspections aimed at people who may illegally use farm diesel fuel in their over-the-road vehicles.

In response to concerns from lawmakers, acting Revenue Department Director John Mollenkamp said Wednesday that his agency would stop proactively looking for violations of the diesel fuel law and only respond to requests from law enforcement officials.

Missouri imposes a 17-cent tax on diesel fuel. But that tax is not charged on diesel used only for farming purposes. To distinguish between the two uses, farm diesel fuel is mixed with a dye.