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A federal appellate court has reinstated a judge's 2013 ruling that a central Missouri technical college's mandatory drug testing policy is unconstitutional when applied to most students.

The 9-2 ruling yesterday by the full 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals in St. Louis sided with the American Civil Liberties Union in reversing an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of that court.

That trio had overturned a federal judge's injunction barring State Technical College of Missouri — formerly Linn State Technical College — from drug screening all of its 1,200 students.

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A federal judge has ruled that a mid-Missouri technical college's mandatory drug testing policy is unconstitutional when applied to most students.

U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey in Jefferson City on Friday sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued Linn State Technical College on behalf of six students.

Linn State attorney Kent Brown had not yet read the ruling, but said any ruling against the school would be appealed.