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The Justice Department's soft side: How one federal agency hopes to change Ferguson

stltoday.com — FERGUSON * The peacemakers arrived on a Sunday. It was a little more than a day after Michael Brown's shooting. They introduced themselves to police and city officials that afternoon. They met with Brown's family late that night, in a Highway Patrol truck down the street from the Canfield Green apartments.

Eric Holder announces resignation as attorney general

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Eric Holder, the point person on the Obama administration's response to the unrest in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown, announced his resignation Thursday afternoon. He has been the administration's public face in the legal fight against terrorism, and as the nation's first black attorney general, he directed the Justice Department on aggressive investigations of police departments' relationships with minority communities, including Ferguson's.

Senate approves St. Louis lawyer Kevin O'Malley as ambassador to Ireland

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Senate on Thursday confirmed St. Louis native and lawyer Kevin O'Malley as ambassador to Ireland. His was part of a series of voice-vote confirmations approved without opposition by the Senate as it worked toward a pre-election recess.

Most Pentagon equipment given to local police is not military, official says

stripes.com — WASHINGTON (MCT) - Just 4 percent of equipment given to local law enforcement agencies under a Pentagon surplus program has "military attributes," a Department of Defense logistics official said Tuesday. Testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland and Government Affairs, Alan F.

Bipartisan Senate opposition rises to program giving police surplus military equipment

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Senators leveled bipartisan attacks Tuesday on federal programs that pass surplus military equipment and federal funds to local police, saying that the "militarization" of police had gone too far. "This is crazy out of control," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

U.S. attorney general announces new civil rights probe in Ferguson

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday opened a broader civil rights investigation of the practices and procedures of the Ferguson Police Department in the wake of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

Justice department to announce probe of Ferguson police department

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Justice Department is preparing to announce as early as today that it will expand its investigation of the police shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, into a broader civil rights probe of the practices of the Ferguson Police Department.

Environmental, food groups want endangered species protection for monarch butterfly

miamiherald.com — St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON - A coalition of environmental and food-safety groups is asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to grant endangered species protection to the monarch butterfly, whose U.S. population, the groups say, last year fell to 90 percent below its 20-year average.

At national election turning point, all is mostly quiet on the Missouri front

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Labor Day traditionally marks the election season's turn to the finish line. But this year, Missourians largely will be spectators to the nation's biggest political battle, to determine control of the U.S. Senate. Furthermore, none of the eight elections for U.S.

Pentagon says little of the equipment seen in Ferguson is military surplus

stripes.com — WASHINGTON (MCT) - A Pentagon spokesman said Friday that almost all of the military-style equipment used by local law enforcement in Ferguson over the last 13 days did not come from the Department of Defense.
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