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Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police.

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Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case

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.

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Report: Condemned Missouri inmates got midazolam

As Missouri prepares for another execution next week, a new report suggests that the Department of Corrections quietly and repeatedly used a drug that has raised concerns in botched executions in other states.

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Missouri, Texas carry on with executions using sedative

Despite a shortage of lethal-injection drugs, two of the nation's most active death penalty states have quietly carried on with executions by turning to pentobarbital, a powerful sedative that generally puts inmates to death swiftly and without complications.

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Remington to replace triggers on some rifles

The gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. will replace trigger mechanisms on Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, or provide some compensation to buyers, as part of a settlement of class-action lawsuits, the company said Thursday.

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State, Bridgeton landfill reach agreement

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office and the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill reached an agreement Thursday on measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that for months has troubled residents in a densely populated area of suburban St. Louis.

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$100 million NuvaRing settlement finalized

A $100 million settlement involving NuvaRing, a birth-control device linked to sometimes-fatal side effects, will stand now that the vast majority of claimants have chosen to opt into the agreement, those involved in the lawsuits said Thursday.

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Nixon firm on plans for Bucklew execution

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that he doesn't see any reason to halt the execution of an inmate whose attorneys claim he could suffer during the lethal injection because of a rare medical condition.

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News outlets file suit over execution secrecy

The Associated Press and four other news organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the secret way in which Missouri obtains the drugs it uses in lethal injections, arguing the state’s actions prohibit public oversight of the death penalty.

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