Witnesses said previously that Piercy placed Brandon Ellingson in a poorly fitting life jacket while transporting him on the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.
The investigation will look for patterns of discrimination within the predominantly white department and focus on how officers use force, search and arrest suspects, and treat inmates at the city jail.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday cited a return to some normalcy in the St. Louis County town, with school back in session, businesses reopening. His decision means the State Highway Patrol is no longer in charge in Ferguson.
Bruce Cole is set to be sentenced Nov. 3 after pleading guilty to two counts of securities fraud and one count of theft.
A lawyer for the county juvenile office, which opposes the media requests, said only that Michael Brown was never charged with a serious felony such as murder, robbery or burglary.
Three of the five fire board members supported Mooneyham's request but said state law did not allow them to vote on the issue.
A Missouri execution protocol allows only for use of pentobarbital in executions, but the sedative midazolam also was part of the process in the last nine executions. The drug has raised concerns in botched executions in other states.
The measure extends beyond the state law that makes texting while driving illegal for motorists 21 and younger.
The couple's departure has prompted some school alumnae to create a private Facebook group to voice their concerns. Some have declared they will no longer financially support the Catholic school.
The state insurance department says a new report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance indicates that insurers are likely to see a 3.7 percent drop in their "loss costs" for claims in 2015.
Records show that nearly half of the people trying to use the call center are encountering such long delays that they are hanging up.
Centene's chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff said in a statement that the company chose Ferguson as a way to help it recover from the unrest caused by Brown's shooting on Aug. 9.
The National Weather Service said a tornado was confirmed near Cedar Vale, Kansas, on Monday night.
To qualify for competitive grants of up to $200,000, applicants must purchase or process food from small farmers or produce food themselves.
With unconfirmed information still circulating about Brown's killing, a phenomena known as "confirmation bias" is running rampant in suburban Ferguson.
Backers say the tax break is needed to bring research firms, clinical trial facilities and similar biotech operations to the site. But critics question whether it would extend tax incentives too far.
As U.S. manufacturing continues its comeback from steep job losses during the recession, there are an estimated 600,000 manufacturing job openings nationwide. But employers in the Kansas City area say they can't find workers with the skills to fill them.
Low cost of living and connections potential make the city attractive to startup companies.
Constitutional Amendment 3 may be the most prominent item on November's ballot.
Severe thunderstorms dampened Labor Day weekend celebrations in the Northeast, leading to the cancellation of the Made in America music festival in Philadelphia and the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens.