The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a request by state officials to reduce the amount of interest Missouri must pay to lawyers who opposed the state in a Kansas City desegregation case.

In the case, Missouri v. Jenkins, a federal district court on Feb. 24, 1986, ordered the state to make an interim payment of $200,000 to lawyers who handled the case. On July 14, 1987, the district court ordered the state to pay the lawyers a total of $4.1 million.

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