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Answers to questions about the Ferguson grand jury

A Missouri grand jury heard evidence for months before deciding not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Some answers to common questions about the grand jury:

Missouri farm bill will get second chance

Missouri lawmakers plan to make a new push next session to pass an agricultural package that could help dairy, cattle and crop farmers — this time, without a contentious deer-ranching provision that doomed the measure.

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Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury

Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge.

2 boys fall through ice, die in northwest Missouri

Two teenage boys have died after falling through the ice on a farm pond in northwest Missouri.

Missouri tries alternatives to repeating grades

For years, schools have grappled with how to help the most struggling pupils catch up to their classmates. In many cases, holding them back to repeat a grade hasn’t worked. Neither has social promotion — allowing children to move to the next grade with their classmates, where they may fall further behind.

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Lawmakers not happy with salary commission proposals

Barnes: No raises for legislators while state employee wages lag

State Rep. Jay Barnes has promised to introduce a resolution to block proposed raises for lawmakers and statewide elected officials, calling it "an insult" to state employees who've received only modest raises in recent years.

State funding has failed to keep pace with growing education needs

Despite improvements in several state revenue categories, funding for Missouri’s public schools likely will continue to remain constrained. And it’s doubtful lawmakers will fully fund the formula that divides money among Missouri’s more than 500 school districts, something that hasn’t happened since 2009.

Outgoing commissioner: Best interest of students drove her decisions

A magnet for controversy

As she enters her last month as education commissioner, Chris Nicastro has become a magnet for controversy in Missouri’s education system. But, she said, every one of the contentious decisions made during her tenure was made in the best interest of Missouri’s children.

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Edna Berry — November State Employee of the Month

Registered nurse Edna Berry saved the Missouri Department of Corrections thousands of dollars, while also protecting coworkers from a potential infection.

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Unwrap holiday cheer in Branson

Don’t deck the halls until after Thanksgiving —that’s how most people feel when Christmas festivities become a topic of discussion around mid-November.

Boone County commissioners want rental standards

Boone County commissioners want the ability to impose standards on rental properties outside the Columbia city limits.

Missouri lacks push for safer hunting bullets

Missouri hunters likely will use lead bullets during firearm deer season this year despite potential health complications from the metal.

Ferguson grand jury unusual in many ways

Not much is normal about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer for fatally shooting Michael Brown.

Infant chimpanzee dies at the Kansas City Zoo

An infant chimpanzee named in honor of the American League champion Royals has died at the Kansas City Zoo.

Protesters march, chant in Ferguson

Several dozen protesters have been marching in Ferguson as the community awaits a decision from a grand jury considering whether to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Former firefighter gets 20 years for arson

A one-time firefighter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting that he set three fires.

Body of missing man found; acquaintance charged

The body of an eastern Missouri man missing since Tuesday has been recovered, and an acquaintance is accused of killing him.

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Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

Draper urges more voter education about judges

Missouri voters need to know more about the judges they vote on, Supreme Court Judge George Draper III said Friday — and the Missouri Bar should be involved in that education effort.

Missouri Republicans facing leadership challenge

On the surface, things look good for the Missouri Republican Party after winning commanding legislative majorities in the recent elections. But an internal battle is brewing over the party’s leadership because of concerns about lackluster fundraising heading into the 2016 elections.