Governor Jay Nixon took his second oath of office about five minutes late while waiting for bells at nearby Saint Peter Catholic Church to signal noon. Under Missouri law, the governor's four-year term starts at noon on the second Monday in January. But when noon arrived on this particular Monday, the church bell rang just 11 times — with long pauses between chimes — as Nixon and other dignitaries waited on a platform on the Capitol steps.

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Governor Jay Nixon has capped a daylong inaugural celebration by twirling his wife to "The Missouri Waltz." Nixon wore a black tie and tuxedo as first lady Georganne Nixon danced with him in a floor-length turquoise gown during last night's traditional inaugural ball in the Capitol.