Ferguson

Ferguson
5:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

"I didn't want to fire things up," St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch says of his silence since announcing the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
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Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 3:40 pm

Some witnesses were clearly lying when they spoke to a grand jury about the August police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., according to St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch. In an interview about the case Friday, the prosecutor says he won't seek perjury charges.

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On The Trail
10:56 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

For Some, Dooley's Comments On Race, Corruption Hit A Nerve

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley speaks to reporters after Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting. The departing county executive contends that efforts to paint him as "corrupt" had racial overtones.
Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

When St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s political adversaries used a subcontract for the county’s police lab as campaign fodder, the Democratic official saw it as more than just a run-of-the-mill attack. 

Dooley said the attacks were part of a racially motivated effort to make him look corrupt – a tactic he said is an effective way to discredit black politicians. He went so far as to call county prosecutor Bob McCulloch a “liar” who played the “race card” and county executive-elect Steve Stenger as a dutiful patsy that perpetuated an untruth.

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Municipal Courts
5:21 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Koster Sues 13 Cities To Cut Reliance On Ticket Revenue

Attorney General Chris Koster announced the lawsuit in St. Louis.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is suing 13 St. Louis County municipalities for violating a state law that caps the percentage of ticket revenue that can be in a city’s budget. 

The statute in question – known as the “Mack’s Creek” law – stipulates that traffic fines and court costs can only comprise less than 30 percent of a city’s budget. Anything in excess has to go to schools.

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Education
8:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

U.S. Secretary Of Education In St. Louis: ‘The inequities Are huge’

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, speaks with community organizers and activists during a meeting at Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis County.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, spent Tuesday listening to St. Louis area students’ thoughts on race, equity and trust following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

It’s a day Duncan said he’ll never forget.

“The division between young people and the police is huge,” Duncan said. “The division along race in this community is huge. The division along educational opportunity being based on where you live, your zip code, is huge. The inequities are huge.”

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Economic Development
5:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Officials Break Ground On Boeing's 777X Parts Plant

Gov. Jay Nixon praises the new Boeing facility that will bring 700 jobs to the St. Louis area
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Political and business dignitaries broke ground Tuesday on Boeing’s composite plant, which will help create parts for its 777X commercial aircraft.  

It’s a consolation prize of sorts for Missouri after the state made a furious dash to get the entire aircraft built in the Show Me State – an effort that was ultimately unsuccessful.

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Beyond Ferguson
12:27 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Ferguson Commission Eyes Overhaul Of Region's Municipal Courts

Better Together’s Dave Leipholtz, Washington University law school professor Mae Quinn and Thomas Harvey of the Arch City Defenders speak at Monday's Ferguson Commission meeting on municipal courts.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Since the unrest in Ferguson began in early August, curbing the power of municipal courts has become a focal point for policymakers from across the political spectrum. 

But at Monday’s meeting of the Ferguson Commission at St. Louis University’s Il Monastero, Maryland Heights resident Dan Hyatt brought the issue home.

The IT professional told commissioners how he was put in jail in Breckenridge Hills for three hours after a disagreement over whether he stopped at a stop sign. He said it was a galvanizing experience.

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Washington University
10:14 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Challenges Face Project Documenting Protests in Ferguson

One of the dozens of images Joel Levy submitted to the Documenting Ferguson project
Credit Joel Levy/Courtesy of Documenting Ferguson

A unique blend of technological, circumstantial and social issues face archivists and documentarians who are trying to preserve the events of the past five months in Ferguson.

The Contributor

Joel Levy, 20, stands on West Florissant Avenue, a central site during the protests over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. His initial interest in Ferguson was opportunistic, spurred by the heat of the moment, yet he’s now dedicated to portraying the broader story of what’s happened in Ferguson since Aug. 9.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Another Grand Jury For Ferguson Case? Possible But …

December's 'St. Louis on the Air' legal roundtable members discuss law issues on Monday at St. Louis Public Radio. From left, Don Marsh, 'St. Louis on the Air' host; William Freivogel, professor at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute; Roger Goldman, Saint Louis University Law School professor; and Mark Smith, associate vice chancellor of students at Washington University in St. Louis.
Credit Rebecca Smith / St. Louis Public Radio

Many people are unhappy with a grand jury’s decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, and the St. Louis County prosecutor’s handling of the case.

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Ferguson Grand Jury
6:44 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Interview With Dorian Johnson Among New Grand Jury Documents Released

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch on November 24, 2014, announcing that Darren Wilson will not be charged with a crime for Mike Brown's death.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch released more grand jury testimony in the case of former Ferguson police office Darren Wilson on Saturday, including the law enforcement interview with Dorian Johnson, who was with Michael Brown when he was killed in August.

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Beyond Ferguson
10:20 am
Sat December 13, 2014

'National Day of Resistance' Features Marches In Washington, New York And Across The Country

Protest organizer Juliette Iacovino shouts into a bullhorn.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

WASHINGTON -- Thousands took to the streets Saturday in cities across the country for a so-called “National Day of Resistance” to protest the decision of grand juries not to indict police officers for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.

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