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UPDATE: Ferguson protests dwindle as businesses regroup

People in Ferguson have begun seeking something closer to normal. Meanwhile, a group gathered in downtown St. Louis on Thursday morning for what the organizer called a "pro-community" car cruise.

MU sophomore wears multiple hats in pursuit of social justice

Naomi Collier feels a responsibility to play an active role in advocating for the black community.

Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case

Attorneys for Michael Brown's family and activists said everything from how evidence was presented to the grand jury to the way the news of the decision was delivered bolstered their belief that the outcome was predetermined by St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

UPDATE: Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night

Several people protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision stormed into City Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday, leading police to lock down the building and call in more than a hundred additional officers.

Grand jury documents rife with inconsistencies

An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of grand jury documents reveals numerous examples of statements made during the shooting investigation that were inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong. Prosecutors exposed these inconsistencies before the jurors, which likely influenced their decision not to indict Wilson in Brown's death.

Sharpton gathers families of men killed by police

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he hopes that, as the national spotlight is trained on Michael Brown's families, that people on both sides of the legal outcomes would remember that "these are real human beings and the value of the lives of their sons and husbands should not be minimized by anybody."

Missouri taxpayers sue governor over Common Core test

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order for about two weeks to block Missouri from giving taxpayer dollars to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Audit: Missouri commission kept veterans in dark

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich's office found that the Missouri Veterans Commission poorly communicated with veterans when handling pension and disability claims. A full audit of the commission will be conducted next year.

Garth Brooks cites Ferguson for cancellation of 'Tonight' show appearance

NBC on Wednesday confirmed the postponement, saying Garth Brooks was being replaced on the show by Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Colicchio.

Protests postpone St. Louis Thanksgiving parade

The annual Thanksgiving Day parade in St. Louis has been postponed because of the continued protests over Michael Brown's death

UPDATE: More National Guard troops roll into Ferguson

In the aftermath of Monday's violence, Missouri governor Jay Nixon more than tripled the number of Guard soldiers sent to the St. Louis suburb, ordering the initial force of 700 to be increased to 2,200. Darren Wilson told ABC that "I know I did my job right."

UPDATE: Governor: National Guard will be pumped up

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said "the National Guard was not deployed in enough time to save all of our businesses" and called the delay "deeply concerning."

Missouri Black Caucus responds to Ferguson protesters' demand for change

The group plans to pre-file bills that would implement a restorative justice plan and require police to wear body cameras and get additional training.

Ferguson decision makes United States target of criticism from international community

Russian diplomat says the developments call America's stability into question. Moscow appeared to relish turning the tables on the U.S. after repeated U.S. criticism of Russia's rights record and its policies toward Ukraine.

Anger about Ferguson case split between emotion, evidence

Many see the Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown as reflective of a larger issue of racial disparity in America.

Eichelberger Farms granted permit for Callaway County hog farm

Opponents' concerns about the farm, which plans to raise 10,000 hogs on 20 acres, were outside the state's jurisdiction, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

UPDATE: Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest

President Barack Obama said destructive actions are criminal acts and those who are responsible should be prosecuted. "To those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that. I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities," he said.

UPDATE: Ferguson rallies, protests ignite across U.S.

Peaceful demonstrators marched in Seattle and disrupted traffic in St. Louis and Cleveland. Rallies also formed in New Jersey, Maine, Maryland and elsewhere.

Tough to make a case against police in shootings

The panel concluded that the Aug. 9 shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old was legally justified and that no criminal charges were warranted against Officer Darren Wilson.

 

Ferguson mayor: Darren Wilson still on leave

Darren Wilson was placed on leave Aug. 9, the day the white officer fatally shot 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed and black.

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