February 11, 2016

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Justice Department takes Ferguson to court over settlement rejection

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. In suing the city, which took a high-stakes gamble by rejecting a Read More…

Ferguson city officials draw criticism by asking for changes to Department of Justice settlement

FERGUSON, Mo. — The Ferguson City Council has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for seven changes to a deal to reform the city’s courts and policing systems, a move that drew swift criticism from both the department and many residents. In a unanimous vote, the council on Tuesday night moved to amend the proposed Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, Feb. 2

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. GOP candidates eye New Hampshire momentum as Dems gird for long fight Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are emerging from Iowa with claims to the outsider and mainstream mantles in the Republican primary, while the Democratic contest Read More…

Ferguson residents get say on police settlement; first public meeting tonight

FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. Now, residents get their say. The first of three public meetings on the proposed consent Read More…

Floods recede in Missouri, Illinois, but concerns remain in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee

KINCAID, Ill. — Sharon Stivers mustered a smile as a visitor walked into her muddy yard. “Welcome to my flood sale,” Stivers joked, nodding to a tall stack of water-soaked furniture, appliances and belongings pulled from her home and piled high by the road in the flat central Illinois town of Kincaid. “You can have Read More…

Interstates closing around St. Louis amid flooding

ST. LOUIS — Officials closed a major interstate highway south of St. Louis on Thursday morning amid historic flooding that has already left at least 20 people dead. Interstate 55 near the town of Arnold was entirely closed early Thursday due to floodwaters from the Meramec River. The Missouri Department of Transportation authorities had already Read More…

Levees in Illinois, Missouri monitored for flooding

ST. LOUIS — Federal officials were monitoring 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries, warning that hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri could be threatened by a rare winter flood that already forced the partial closure of interstate highways and widespread evacuations. As the swollen rivers and streams pushed to Read More…

After storms sweep through, rare winter flooding on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS — Warm and wet weather over the last several weeks followed by storms that brought a deluge of rain in recent days have produced a severe threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, where water could reach record high levels soon in some places. The winter flooding is unusual and could portend even Read More…

Storm brings twisters, floods — and it’s not over yet

GARLAND, Texas — As residents of North Texas surveyed the destruction from deadly weekend tornadoes, the storm system that spawned the twisters brought winter storm woes to the Midwest on Monday and amplified flooding that’s blamed for more than a dozen deaths. At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in the tornadoes that Read More…

Police say missing girl found in Missouri

BROOKLYN — Police near Cleveland say a 15-year-old girl who’s been missing nearly a month has been found at a house in eastern Missouri. Authorities say that the girl is in good condition. Police in the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn say Alexis Boroviak was found Tuesday night in Warren County, Missouri. That’s just west of Read More…