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Ferguson residents struggle with daily life as protests overtake their suburb

Some residents have been unable to leave their apartments or get to their homes at night since the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer Aug. 9.

UPDATE: As Ferguson calms, fears remain about what happens if no charges

The fear among some local residents and officials trying to maintain peace in Ferguson is that failure to charge the officer could stoke new anger among a community profoundly mistrustful of the legal system.

State to ask for lower air permit fee increase

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Pollution Control Program, which enforces the federal Clean Air Act in the state, could be insolvent by late 2016 after a proposal to raise permit and emission fees fell apart.

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

The Supreme Court case, decided at a time when violence against police was on the rise, has shaped the national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified in using force.

Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside.

Central Missouri man dies in house fire

Cole County fire authorities say 40-year-old Steven Mims died in the fire Wednesday in Centertown.

Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

Observers say the response to Brown's death turned violent because of several factors, including the stark nature of the killing in broad daylight, an aggressive police response to protests, a mainly black city being run by white officials — and the cumulative effect of killing after killing after killing of unarmed black males.

UPDATE: Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police.

MU students recount their arrests in Ferguson

Third-year MU students Katlyne Ryan and James Pollard were among 78 people arrested in Ferguson Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to bring the full weight of the federal government into the investigation of the death of Michael Brown, who was unarmed when a white police officer shot him multiple times Aug. 9.

Grand jury could hear case against police officer

State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account to present.

Volunteers a buffer between police, protesters in Ferguson

Groups of activists, clergy, even a motorcycle gang, are pitching in, hoping the message will resonate more clearly coming from black men and women who aren't wearing badges.

Missouri utilities look to Kansas for wind energy

The EPA's proposed rule allows for multistate approaches to help meet the emission targets. However, collaboration between Missouri and Kansas would depend on developing a method on how to count wind generation without double-counting it in both states.

Report criticizes state's school reform deal

According to an auditor's report, the Missouri education department's process for seeking bids from consultants to study a possible overhaul of the Kansas City school district was biased and included potential conflicts of interest.

Officer who pointed gun at Ferguson protesters suspended

A police officer has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at Ferguson demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them.

UPDATE: Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting

After protesters filled the streets of Ferguson on Monday, the city's leaders urged people to stay at home Tuesday night and "allow peace to settle in."

Police mistrust still prevalent years later

Michael Brown's death is the latest illustration of deep divisions between minorities and police that have simmered for generations.

UPDATE: Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

Police Chief Sam Dotson said officers responded to Tuesday to a store where the man was reported to have stolen energy drinks and a pastry.

As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role after Brown death

The first black president appears to be attempting to determine what role, if any, he can play in defusing a crisis that has made evident the profound sense of injustice felt by African-Americans across the U.S.

Mass for Peace planned in St. Louis

A collection will be taken during the service to assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area, and to help those affected by looting and property destruction.