- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has released more than $5.6 million in state funds he had frozen earlier, saying the move was possible because Missouri gained jobs in September.

Wednesday’s release includes $2 million for the A+ Scholarship program and $1 million for Access Missouri scholarships.

Nixon also unfroze $1 million for high-tech startups, $500,000 for multijurisdictional drug task forces and $450,000 for the Missouri Rx program to residents pay for prescription drugs.

The announcement came on day after Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment that allows lawmakers to override a governor’s decision to freeze or slow spending.

Republican House members say they might use the power to override Nixon’s spending freezes as early as January.

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