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      Agreement reached to clean up Missouri State Penitentiary, resume tours in 2014

      Jefferson City and State of Missouri officials announced Wednesday that arrangements have been made in order to clean up the Missouri State Penitentiary.

      After environmental testing found high levels of mold in several areas of the penitentiary, tours of the historic site were canceled through the end of the year. The city and state have agreed to split the cleanup costs 50/50, which will total around $2 million.

      Officials are aiming to resume public tours in spring of 2014.

      The Missouri State Penitentiary began operating in 1836 and was the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River when it closed in September 2004. Public tours of the site began in 2009.