10:50 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ferguson's Mayor Faces The Heat As Forum Dissects City's Divisions

An audience member shows Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III a rubber bullet wound that he says he received during unrest in the north St. Louis County city. A forum sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio became heated, with the biggest ire being directed at Knowles. NPR's Michel Martin is at center.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A forum Thursday evening peering into Ferguson’s longstanding tensions as well as the St. Louis region’s racial divisions became angry and heated, with most of a crowd’s ire directed at the town’s mayor.

Audience members expressed searing criticism of Ferguson’s governance and leadership, both of which have come under fire since one of the Ferguson's police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Economy & Innovation
6:06 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ferguson Businesses Offered Help From State And Others

Red's BBQ on West Florissant Ave. The restaurant sustained damage after protesters broke in and set it on fire.
Credit (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a $1 million dollar Small Business Relief Program Thursday in the wake of unrest in Ferguson.

The program will offer zero-percent interest loans of up to $10,000 for small businesses impacted by the riots. The loans are available to businesses in Dellwood, Jennings and unincorporated St. Louis County as well as Ferguson.

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March On Saturday
2:29 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

A Modern Freedom Ride To St. Louis County

From a march in Ferguson on Aug. 15
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

Today marks the start of the Black Lives Matter Ride. Activists from nearly 20 states are traveling to St. Louis County, echoing the Freedom Rides of the early 1960s. Hundreds of participants will remain in St. Louis over the weekend to engage with the community.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:40 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Black Leaders Weigh In On Black Leadership In St. Louis

Mike Jones addresses the St. Louis County Council earlier this year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

On Aug. 14, Mike Jones wrote in the St. Louis American that black leaders have failed those they represent.

In his commentary, the senior policy adviser for County Executive Charlie Dooley and a member of the State Board of Education wrote: 

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Ferguson and Beyond Event
11:19 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Live Blog: Ferguson and Beyond: A Community Conversation

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Join us here as we live blog from our event Thursday evening, Ferguson and Beyond: A Community Conversation. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. at Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo.

NPR's Michel Martin will host and moderate the event.

A recording of the evening will be broadcast on Friday, August 29 at noon on our air and will be archived.

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Update From Captain Johnson
9:14 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Police Command Center Dismantled, Highway Patrol And County Police Continue Roles In Ferguson

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson tells reporters that the unified command center in Ferguson has been dismantled on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. To his left is St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson. On his right is St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The staging area where various police agencies coordinated in the wake of riots and looting in Ferguson has been dismantled. The National Guard has also left the area.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that although the command center has been dismantled, unified command under the leadership of the Highway Patrol remains in effect.

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Protests In Ferguson
9:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Just Who Were The Outside Agitators In Ferguson?

Clouds of tear gas hang over West Florissant Ave. on August 17, 2014, as police try to disperse a crowd they said had grown violent.
Credit (Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio)

It was after midnight on August 19 when Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson stepped to the microphone to give a nightly press briefing on the situation in Ferguson. And he was angry. 

"We are going to make this community whole, and we are going to do it together," he said. "I am not going to let the criminals who have come out here from across this country or live in this community define this neighborhood and define what we are going to do to make it right." 

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5:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Who's In Charge Here? For Ferguson And St. Louis County Police, Not Elected Officials

Members of the St. Louis County Police Department remain on the lot of the QuikTrip Gas station in Ferguson, Missouri on August 11, 2014.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer brought about an intense examination of the conduct, racial composition and “militarization” of local police departments.

But one topic that hasn’t been talked about that much is how elected representatives exert fairly little direct control over the region’s law enforcement agencies.

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Politically Speaking
4:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Politically Speaking: Councilwoman Erby Recounts Ferguson Turmoil, Council Battles

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

On this week's episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum welcome St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby to the show.  

The University City Democrat recently won re-election to the council's 1st District, which encompasses 38 municipalities. Erby's district includes Ferguson, the scene of more than two weeks of turmoil, unrest and international media attention

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8:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

St. Louis County Council Approves Up To $1 Million To Help Ferguson Residents

Mike Jones, a policy adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, talks to the media on Tuesday about a $1 million allocation to help Ferguson residents.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Council authorized up to $1 million to be spent to help Ferguson residents pay for expenses incurred during nearly two weeks of unrest.  

Without opposition, the council authorized the county to spend up to $1 million to help Ferguson residents who felt the impact of riots and looting. For more than two weeks, the city was under almost constant turmoil after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month.

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