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Mo. teen shot with stun gun out of coma (09/18/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A suburban Kansas City teenager is no longer in a medically induced coma and is speaking with family members after a police officer critically injured him with a stun gun. The Kansas City Star reported 17-year-old Bryce Masters of Independence, Missouri, began slowly recovering overnight and was able to answer questions from hospital staff Wednesday. ...
Prosecutor may release grand jury audio (09/18/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him. Spokesman Ed Magee on Wednesday said St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has ordered that the proceedings be transcribed and audio-recorded, an unusual step for grand juries in Missouri. The story was first reported by St. Louis Public Radio...
Union says Oreo incident meant to divide workers (09/18/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A national union is escalating its criticism of St. Louis' public transit system over the distribution of an Oreo cookie recipe, saying the agency is trying to create a divide between Metro bus drivers and light rail operators, most of whom are black, and the largely white maintenance workers...
Teen critical from stun gun; FBI investigates case (09/17/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Doctors were trying Tuesday to awaken a suburban Kansas City teenager who was put in a medically induced coma after a police officer critically injured him with a stun gun in an incident the FBI is investigating. Bryce Masters, 17, of Independence, Missouri, is being treated for a lack of oxygen to the brain that occurred when his heart stopped after he was shocked Sunday afternoon, his family members said Tuesday in a statement released through their attorney, Daniel Haus.. ...
Quarter-million Ozark residents use food pantries, according to new study (09/17/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One morning last week, needy Springfield families lined up around a former church in Springfield. There were single moms, working couples, families, the elderly and the disabled. They walked or caught rides to Crimson House Ministries. They showed up hours before the food pantry opened and waited, as the cool morning turned into a warm afternoon...
Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case (09/17/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A judge has extended the term of the grand jury considering whether a white suburban St. Louis police officer should be charged in the shooting death of a black 18-year-old. As expected, the grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson has gone past the panel's four-month term, which was to expire Sept. 10. St. Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington that day granted an extension until January -- the longest allowed by Missouri law...
AP Interview: Justice Department launches policing bias study (09/17/14)
WASHINGTON -- Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday...
St. Louis schools not likely to allow guns (09/16/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Many superintendents in the St. Louis area say they don't want guns in their schools despite a new state law allowing designated staff to carry them. Last week, the state Legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill that gives school districts the ability to appoint "school safety officers," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The chosen teachers and administrators can undergo training, and then carry the concealed weapons on school property...
Reimbursements for A+ program might be reduced beginning in January (09/16/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Education officials are notifying Missouri community colleges that the state might reduce reimbursements for the A+ scholarship program, which gives high school graduates who meet certain criteria money for two years of classes at community colleges...
Mo. education commissioner to resign at end of year (09/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro announced Monday she will resign at the end of this year, concluding a five-year tenure marked by repeated criticism as the state adopted new school accreditation standards and dealt with struggling districts...
Missouri farming amendment passes in recount (09/16/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri amendment creating a constitutional right to farm has prevailed after a recount. The secretary of state's office certified the outcome of the recount Monday, showing that the amendment passed by a margin of 2,375 votes out of nearly 1 million cast in the August election...