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      Officials mull using $1.7M for Highway Patrol pool

      Missouri officials are considering using $1.7 million to renovate a Highway Patrol swimming pool for water rescue training.

      Missouri officials are considering using $1.7 million to renovate a Highway Patrol swimming pool for water rescue training.

      The patrol's pool was covered in 2001 because of leaks and the need for major renovations.

      A proposal in Missouri's capital improvements budget would re-establish the pool. The project also calls for building a new weight room and defensive training mat room that now are located over the pool.

      The budget proposal calls for spending $200,000 in the fiscal year that starts July 1 and $1.5 million in the following year. Highway funds would be used for the project, which is allowed because it is for the patrol.