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UPDATE: Missouri shooting victim called quiet, respectful

His parents and neighbors described Michael Brown as a good-hearted kid with an easy smile who certainly wouldn't have condoned the violence and looting that spread though his north St. Louis suburb following his death.

UPDATE: Police cite threats, won't name cop who shot teen

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said a large crowd that gathered throughout Monday at the site of a burned-out convenience store turned rowdy at nightfall, throwing rocks at police.

Libraries feeling pinch of state budget fight

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon froze a $3.5 million state fund to help libraries with their general bills.

UPDATE: Chillicothe man sues over wrongful conviction

The lawsuit names former state prosecutor Kenny Hulshof, later a six-term U.S. congressman; shooting survivor Lyndel Robertson and his daughter, Rochelle Koehly; the Livingston County Sheriff's Department; and 10 others.

UPDATE: Witnesses say teen had hands raised when he was shot

The investigation into what led to the shooting was ongoing, but Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Monday that the FBI was taking over the case and that he welcomed the move.

Holder says Missouri shooting deserves review

The attorney general's statement Monday comes as the Justice Department dispatched its Community Relations Service to the scene to try and help calm the area's racial tension. The service helps communities resolve conflicts and tensions arising from racial differences.

Rally peaceful day after riots outside St. Louis

A day after a night of rioting in Ferguson, roughly 250 people chanted "no justice, no peace" as they marched Monday to protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Missouri led nation in Medicaid roll reductions

New figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that Missouri's Medicaid enrollment dropped by 37,260 people in June.

UPDATE: Challenge to gay marriage ban heads to trial

St. Louis issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples in June, setting up a court fight in a state where gay marriage is banned under a 2004 amendment to the Missouri Constitution.

ANALYSIS: Farming rights vote reveals changes in Missouri

With a few exceptions, the gun and farm measures fared better in rural areas than in bigger cities.

Prosecutors: Court ruling helps sex crime victims

The ruling struck down a rule that allowed appellate judges to set aside convictions on sex crimes if they thought the victim's testimony wasn't credible.

Killing of unarmed St. Louis-area man draws criticism

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the shooting occurred after an officer encountered two people on the street near an apartment complex Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb a few miles north of downtown St. Louis.

UPDATE: Missouri woman finds grandson dead, shot by police

After the crowd gathered, police at the scene called for about 60 other police units to respond to the area in Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 residents located a few miles north of downtown St. Louis.

Bridges key piece to toting big soybean harvest

Since farmers' profits are dropping this year alongside crop prices, bridge-infrastructure needs have come into sharper focus. Most soybeans wind up on a rail car or barge to reach their ultimate destination, but just about all of them leave the farm in trucks that roll over small bridges.

Cyclists seek second cross-state trail in Missouri

The project could be a tourism draw for small communities from Winsdsor in the west to Beaufort in the east. "It could be an amazing tourism draw for these communities," said Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation.

Privy digger collects artifacts left behind

Jack Klotz is an interpreter in a sense, combining research with the artifacts he uncovers from long-abandoned privies, in order to tell the stories of Hannibal's earliest residents.

Many Ozarks speedways become ghost tracks

Ask some of the old-timers, and there are stories to tell. Devil's Bowl Speedway? A little dirt track west of Springfield that was open briefly in the 1950s. Humansville Speedway? Another dirt track that became a Tuesday-night fixture a half-century ago.

6 workers hurt in St. Louis propane explosion

Workers were using a forklift to try and switch out a propane tank when a leak from the tank ignited, creating a flash explosion. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Missouri court switches inmate for execution date

The Supreme Court ordered Earl Ringo Jr. to be put to death Sept. 10 instead of Leon Taylor. The execution would continue the state's pace this year of scheduling an execution each month in Missouri.

Missouri quadruplets ready for kindergarten

Later this month, four kindergartners will be boarding the school bus from the Schwartz house in south St. Louis County. As excited and nervous as they might be to join their two older brothers at "the big school," their mother has wondered about this day for much longer.

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