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Gov. Nixon pardons 8 convicted of nonviolent crimes

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is pardoning eight people convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The pardons Friday went to people convicted of offenses including stealing, selling cocaine and writing a bad check.

They’ve all finished their sentences and later found work or pursued an education.

Granting a pardon restores rights but doesn’t expunge criminal records.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said the Democratic governor’s action brings the number of pardons he’s granted to 31 since he took office in 2009. He’s also granted three commutations, which shorten sentences.

Holste says there are about 3,000 pending requests for clemency, which include pardons and commutations.