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Report finds racial bias in Ferguson police (03/04/15)
WASHINGTON -- A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department -- with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report...
Danforth cites political bullying during Schweich eulogy (03/04/15)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- Former U.S. senator John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, suggesting political bullying and an anti-Semitic whisper campaign led his friend to kill himself...
Danforth cites political bullying in Schweich eulogy (03/04/15)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the mean-spirited nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who he suggested was led to fatally shoot himself by political bullying from a negative radio ad and a perceived anti-Semitic whisper campaign...
Lawmaker demands clean politics after auditor's death (03/03/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri state senator, his voice cracking with emotion, on Monday challenged his political colleagues to clean up their campaign tactics following the death of gubernatorial candidate and State Auditor Tom Schweich in an apparent suicide...
Missouri Republicans seek to rein in liberal cities (03/02/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican lawmakers in Missouri's Capitol often bristle at rules and requirements handed down from the federal government, saying they favor local authority in most matters. However, several GOP-supported proposals this year aim to hand down similar mandates to cities and counties across the state...
2 die in crash on snow-covered I-44 (03/02/15)
LEBANON, Mo. (AP) -- Two people are dead after a driver lost control on a snow-covered highway in southern Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the out-of-control car skidded into a tractor-trailer that was stopped Saturday afternoon because of an earlier crash on Interstate 44...
Suburban St. Louis police officer kills man in traffic stop (03/02/15)
WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis police officer has fatally wounded a 34-year-old man during a traffic stop. Shawn McGuire of the St. Louis County Police Department said in a news release that Thomas Allen Jr. died Sunday. The shooting happened around 10:15 a.m. Saturday after an officer for the Wellston Police Department pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation...
Services planned for victims of Missouri shooting spree (03/02/15)
TYRONE, Mo. -- Relatives will begin burying victims of a southern Missouri shooting spree this week. Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge killed seven people late Thursday in four homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone before killing himself...
Judge finds felon had right to be armed (03/02/15)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis judge has tossed a gun possession charge after ruling that a convicted felon had the right to be armed under a newly enacted amendment to the state constitution. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Judge Robert Dierker ruled Friday in the case of Raymond Robinson. The 55-year-old has a prior conviction on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon, for carrying a concealed weapon in 2003, and served time in prison...