State transportation officials have decided to move forward with a lawsuit to keep the Ku Klux Klan from participating in the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The program allows groups to clean up roadsides and be recognized for their efforts with a sign in the area. Transportation officials will take their case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals after a lower court ruled banning the Klan from participating would violate First Amendment rights. Transportation officials cite department rules that forbid groups that discriminate based on race or that have a history of violence from participating in the roadside litter pick-up program.
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