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“Show Me” state billboards will show less skin under a bill signed by Missouri Gov. Bob Holden Thursday. The new law bans sexually suggestive billboards — such as those for strip clubs, featuring scantily-clad women and words like “Live Nude” — near highways. In addition to protecting children from such images, Holden said the new law will make the roads safer by reducing driver distractions … SOS — save our siesta! Small businesses in Cyprus are fighting to keep their country’s siesta law, which shuts all retail shops from 2-5 p.m. most days. They say weather conditions make it unfeasible for smaller shops to remain open all day, while larger (air-conditioned) stores flout the law even as they seek to overturn it … California is suing Enron for allegedly manipulating the energy market during the 2000-01 energy crisis. State AG Bill Lockyer says he’s seeking restitution for hundreds of millions of dollars Enron’s actions cost ratepayers. Among other things, the suit contends Enron deliberately caused congestion along power transmission lines, then reaped extra revenue for relieving the congestion … The fate of “Terri’s Law” — the Florida law that allowed Gov. Jeb Bush to order reinsertion of the feeding tube sustaining Terri Schiavo’s life — will be decided by the state Supreme Court, bypassing a lower appeals court. In May, a circuit judge had ruled the law unconstitutional … As the gay marriage battle rages, the judge who authored Vermont’s historic 1999 ruling leading to the creation of civil unions is stepping down. Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey Amestoy, a Republican, was appointed in 1997 by then-Gov. Howard Dean, a Democrat; ruling in Baker v. State of Vermont, Amestoy wrote that extending marriage’s benefits to gays and lesbians is “a recognition of our common humanity.” –Lydia Markoff

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