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Missouri Rep. holds Kansas-themed license plates hostage unless Kansas and Missouri play again

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Missouri democratic representative Stephen Webber is determined to block Kansas-themed license plates from appearing in Missouri unless the Tigers and Jayhawks agree to a football or basketball game next year.

When Missouri announced it was leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, Kansas said it had no desire to keep playing the Tigers in any sports, which has been disheartening to both fan bases.

For more than a year, the Kansas University Alumni Association has been trying to persuade the Missouri Joint Committee on Transportation to allow Kansas-themed license plates in the state of Missouri, however, Webber sponsored a House-approved amendment to a higher education bill that would only allow Missouri schools to be featured on Missouri license plates. The only way this changes is if the Missouri Legislature gives its approval.

So far the Missouri Legislature has approved a themed plate for Pittsburgh State University in Kansas.

Webber, who was born in Morgantown, W.Va., and went to school at St. Louis University, does live in Columbia, Mo., where the University of Missouri is located.

Who knows if leveraging a specialty license plate will get this rivalry back on track, but it's worth a try.

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