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Law enforcement agencies respond to calls for demilitarization State and national leaders are questioning the flow of military equipment to local police and sheriff's departments after continued rioting in Ferguson. "We began equipping police departments with all kinds of tools that had not been typical of policing, and maybe it's time we take a look at that," Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said in a news conference last week. "There is a big difference between ...

Report: One in five Missourians depend on food pantries, meal programs Boxes and cans are stacked high at the Webster County Pantry, waiting for individuals who need a helping hand. The organization continues to see an increase in the number of people requesting assistance. “It’s not the old stereotype that people used to think about, that didn’t want to work,” stated director Gerald Nehhl. “I’d say the majority of people are working people just struggling to get ...

Springfield survey results: people happier, want better streets The City of Springfield says the results of the 2014 Citizen Survey show that people here are pleased with the overall direction their city is taking. The city also says the survey shows the people who took it feel they are receiving a good value for the taxes they pay. Overall citizen satisfaction in the City of Springfield is 15% higher than the Kansas/Missouri average ...

Jonesboro paper says police chief bullied reporter JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied one of the newspaper's reporters into quitting by making derogatory statements about her on Facebook. In a story published Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1sVC15h ), Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with the Sun's ability to conduct its ...

Grand jury hears evidence in Ferguson case CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. St. Louis County prosecutor's spokesman Ed Magee confirmed the panel heard evidence Wednesday but offered no other details. Officials have vowed not to release any information about the grand jury's proceedings in order to avoid compromising the case. During the ...

Gay firefighter seeks equal benefits Andi Mooneyham is a firefighter in the Ozark Fire Protection District. "The thought of getting to go really fast on a truck with lights and sirens has always been amazing for any kid myself included," Mooneyham says she loves her job. Andi's been doing her dream job for 8 years and has worked her way up to Captain of the 'A shift.' Her fire chief, Darren White has ...



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Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed
James Foley's parents recall son's 'big heart'President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

Holder says he understands mistrust of police
ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

Attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting
Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in FlorrissantBy Scott Malone and Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 12 nights of racially charged protests. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, spoke in person with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He later met privately with Brown's parents at the St. Louis U.S. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury investigating the fatal shooting began hearing evidence in the case, though protesters stepped up their demands that the local criminal inquiry be turned over to a special prosecutor.

Attorney General meets with Brown family in US riot town
US Attorney General Eric Holder (L) greets Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florissant , Missouri, August 20, 2014The top US law enforcement official met with the parents of Michael Brown, the black teen killed by a white police officer whose death triggered nearly two weeks of riots in a US town. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday promised the family in a private 20-minute meeting that there would be a "fair and independent" inquiry into the August 9 death of their 18 year-old son in Ferguson, Missouri. Before the meeting, Brown's mother viewed her son's body at a local morgue for the first time since he died after being shot six times. A grand jury was to begin hearing witnesses to Brown's killing, with widespread calls for the police officer to be put on trial for the fatal shooting.

Bouchard, Wozniacki upset at Connecticut Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Third-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark both suffered straight-set upsets Wednesday in the second round of the Connecticut Open.