Afternoon Newscast for February 10, 2016

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The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

Updated with details and comments from Rep. William Lacy Clay. — The city of Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice are approaching agreement on how to deal with the civil rights violations of the city's police departments and municipal courts.

Ferguson officials on Wednesday released a draft version of a consent decree. The city will accept written comments through Feb. 9, and at three City Council meetings. It must still be approved by the City Council and a federal judge — the agreement would end after the city completely complies with all agreement requirements for two full years.

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Charges have been dropped against six activists who were arrested during a protest in Ferguson.

The case was dropped just as their trial was about to begin. It was expected to include allegations of police brutality, claims of missing evidence and discussions about the shortcomings of body cameras.

The charges had included property damage, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson prosecutor Stephanie Karr dismissed the charges Thursday without explanation.

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A group of Ferguson residents is urging transparency from city officials who are negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve policing practices criticized in a department report earlier this year.

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The interim police chief in Ferguson is leaving about two months earlier than expected.

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has announced the hiring of a new city manager.

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The St. Louis suburb thrust into worldwide headlines last year with the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is inviting the public to weigh in on its neighborhood policing efforts.

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A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to a Ferguson business on the night that a grand jury announced the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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St. Louis' city prosecutor says two police officers who fatally shot an agitated man armed with a steak knife last year will not face charges.

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FBI Director James Comey said the agency used surveillance aircrafts above Ferguson, Missouri, last year to help local law enforcement keep track of unrest on the ground.

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The U.S. Department of Justice says St. Louis County police need to strengthen policies for handling protests and demonstrations, improve training on diversity and community policing, and do a better job of hiring and promoting minorities and women.

  The city of Ferguson has turned to a Fortune 500 company based in the St. Louis suburb for financial assistance.

Ferguson's finances were deteriorating before Michael Brown's shooting death by police spurred protests and looting.

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 St. Louis County's police board has signed off on a policy forbidding the use of police dogs for crowd control.

A reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown is recommending the consolidation of the metro area's police departments and municipal courts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch received a copy of the Ferguson Commission's 198-page report ahead of its official release on Monday. The newspaper says the commission recommends changes in several areas to address social and economic divisions highlighted since the shooting.

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  December sentencing is set for a man who admitted in federal court that he helped orchestrate a cyberattack that disabled a police union's website during the unrest following last year's Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown.

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The former school of a 9-year-old Ferguson girl who was shot and killed in her home last month released plans to memorialize her with a new playground.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports The Crossing church in Chesterfield will pay for the new playground at Koch (Coke) Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District in honor of Jamyla Bolden, who was doing homework on her mother’s bed when someone fired shots into their home.

Bolden's classmates wanted the playground to be in Bolden's favorite colors, purple, pink and lime green.

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  Two St. Louis men are headed to federal prison for seven years each for planning a bomb attack targeting the Ferguson police chief and other officials after an officer killed Michael Brown there last year.

Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin pleaded guilty in June to felony counts of conspiring to use explosives and making false written statements while buying firearms. They were sentenced Thursday in St. Louis.

A report by the U.S. Department of Justice examines a chaotic and often uncoordinated response to the protests that erupted after the shooting death of Michael Brown in August 2014.

The Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services on Wednesday released its after-action report on the police response to the 17 days between when Brown was shot and killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and his funeral.

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A Missouri appeals court will not hear a man's case regarding the dismissal of his affidavit claiming Ferguson officer Darren Wilson assaulted Michael Brown before fatally shooting him.


Over the weekend, the family of Jamyla Bolden buried their daughter — a bubbly fourth grader who loved to sing, dance and spend time with her friends.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $24 million to St. Louis County to aid community betterment projects in distressed areas.

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  St. Louis County Police say no arrests were made after a group of protesters returned to West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.

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St. Louis County's top executive says he will keep a state of emergency involving Ferguson in place for at least another day, calling it "prudent."

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An attorney representing the Columbia Police Officer's Association (CPOA) sent a letter to City Manager Mike Matthes today asking him to rescind a request to remove the association's executive director, Dale Roberts.

People in Ferguson and across the country marked the one-year anniversary of the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s changed? What hasn’t? And how is it the media is still so tied to the center of this story? Donald Trump continues to steal the headlines in the GOP presidential push, investigative powerhouse ProPublica teams up with the online review site, Yelp, and Jon Stewart issues us all a challenge. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Members of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson are drawing criticism from the county police chief overseeing security in the St. Louis suburb.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Tuesday that the overnight presence of the Oath Keepers, wearing bulletproof vests and openly carrying rifles and pistols on West Florissant Avenue was "both unnecessary and inflammatory."

The street has been the focus of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to last year's Ferguson protests has met just twice since December.