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Group seeks clemency for nonviolent offenders in Ferguson

Law professors and a nonprofit group say Ferguson has more than 40,000 outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenders, including those with overdue fines for traffic tickets.

Lawyer criticizes Missouri child abuse proposal

If approved by Missouri voters in November, Constitutional Amendment 2 could make it more difficult for defendants to persuade juries and judges of their innocence, said Kim Benjamin, a Belton attorney who is the past president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

King's daughter: Legacy on the line

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., told about 30 students that much of her concern is centered on the violence that may return as the legal process moves ahead.

Jurors will be brought in for homicide trial

The trial date for 46-year-old Craig Michael Wood was not set during a hearing Tuesday but attorneys agreed to import a jury.

Law groups back child sexual abuse amendment

The November ballot proposal known as Constitutional Amendment 2 would create an exception to the general prohibition against using evidence of past crimes against defendants facing new criminal charges.

Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

Since the '60s, a blueprint has developed for how black advocates confront cases of alleged police brutality: protest marches, news conferences, demands for federal intervention, public pressure by sympathetic elected officials.

Body found by Missouri hunter identified

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Hunter said Monday an anthropologist will try to determine the cause of death.

Northeast Missouri plant begins expansion

Spartan Light Metal Products makes aluminum and magnesium die cast components for Toyota, Ford, General Motors and other automotive companies worldwide.

UPDATE: Mourners urge black Americans to take action

One person who attended the service said she hopes the funeral helps turn a page and eases tensions. Most important, though, she hopes it provides healing for Michael Brown's family.

Woman, 75, gets life term for killing husband

District Court judge calls 40-year-old slaying a "cold, calculated murder."

Stephen King book tour coming to Missouri in November

The six-city tour that was announced Monday kicks off in New York City on Nov. 11, the date his latest book goes on sale

Officials say fewer deaths on Missouri roads

Reasons for the decline include education, enforcement and emergency medical services.

Recount requested on Missouri right to farm

The recount on Constitutional Amendment 1 is expected to begin in the coming days.

Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos

Classes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District were scheduled to begin Aug. 14, five days after Michael Brown's shooting death. But subsequent demonstrations marred by frequent clashes between police and demonstrators led to several delays in the start date.

Back in spotlight, Sharpton seizes the moment in Ferguson

The minister spoke to a crowd that packed the pews at Greater Grace Church for the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday. The appearance was the latest in Sharpton's long, sometimes controversial history of responding to racially charged crises.


Accountability, transparency drive use of body cameras by Columbia police

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said a desire for more transparency was a driving force behind making Columbia the first police department in Missouri to have body cameras for all its officers.

UPDATE: Dad of Ferguson teen shot by officer asks for peace

Michael Brown Sr. told the crowd that he and his son's mother appreciate the love and support they've received from the community. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who will speak at the funeral, echoed his request for peace.

Remembering Michael Brown: Teen called 'little kid in big body'

Family and friends recall a young man built like a lineman — 6-foot-3, nearly 300 pounds — with a gentle, joking manner.

Charter high schools disappearing in Missouri

DeLaSalle Education Center in Kansas City is the only alternative charter high school among 45 charter schools operating in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Inquest to examine cuffed man's drowning death at Lake of the Ozarks

During the trial-like setting, six jurors will determine whether there was a crime or negligence involved.