6:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

What Is The Status Of The Five Basic Demands Ferguson Protesters Are Making?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 10:35 am

In the nearly six weeks since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, demands for justice have been on the lips of thousands of protesters.

Every group has defined justice a bit differently, but there have been five common themes.

1. Officer Darren Wilson must be fired, arrested and prosecuted for the death of Michael Brown

2. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch must recuse himself from the case.

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6:39 am
Wed September 17, 2014

House Poised To Vote On Arming, Training Syrian Rebels

House Speaker John Boehner has expressed cautious support for the White House plan. He and other House GOP leaders are backing a measure to authorize the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 11:28 am

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

President Obama will meet today with military officials at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., to discuss the fight against the militants calling themselves the Islamic State, as House lawmakers prepare for a vote to authorize training for moderate rebels to oppose the extremist group.

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6:26 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Anger Over Brown's Death Boils Over Into St. Louis County Council Meeting

Protests and chants came into the St. Louis County Council chambers Tuesday night.

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 2:18 pm

It’s been well over a month since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. And for the most part, the St. Louis County Council was shielded from the unbridled anger over the 18-year-old’s death.

That reprieve ended on Tuesday.

The council’s chambers were packed with supporters of Brown and his family, with the vast majority of the crowd giving the county’s top executive and legislative officeholders a blazing array of criticism.

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8:44 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Legislature Expands Gun Rights With Override Of Nixon's Veto

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:00 pm

Missouri residents who have concealed-carry permits will be able to openly carry their firearms anywhere in the state, as a result of the General Assembly decision to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a broad gun-rights bill.

The bill prevents municipalities from barring people from openly carrying firearms, lowers the minimum age to 19 for concealed carry permits in the state, and allows school districts to arm teachers. Police officers also will be barred from disarming people unless they are under arrest.

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8:41 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Missouri Becomes Third State To Impose 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:06 pm

(Updated 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11)

The Missouri General Assembly has made the state the third in the country to require a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can obtain an abortion, after the state Senate killed off a filibuster.

The Senate voted 23-7 – along party lines -- to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill, but only after deploying a procedural action that it hadn’t used in seven years to end a Democratic filibuster that had gone on for about two hours.

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