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Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Holder made his first stop Wednesday at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College, a few miles from the suburb of Ferguson where Michael Brown was shot Aug. 9.

Student Kiyanda Welch says Holder talked to students about the unrest and their own interaction with police. Welch says Holder told the group "change is coming."

Holder also is expected to meet with FBI agents and others involved in the independent federal investigation into Brown's death.


Protesters demand new prosecutor for Ferguson case

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A small group of protesters has gathered outside a suburban St. Louis building where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The roughly two dozen protesters chanted, prayed and held signs outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, on Wednesday. They called for county prosecutor Bob McCulloch to relinquish control of the case to a special prosecutor, among other things.

About 20 police officers stood outside the building's front entrance, which was also blocked off by yellow police tape.

It could be weeks before the grand jury decides whether Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial for Brown's Aug. 9 death.


Sharpton to address Mike Brown's St. Louis funeral

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown is scheduled for Monday at a church in St. Louis.

The Austin A. Layne Mortuary, which is handling arrangements, says the funeral is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Brown's uncle, the Rev. Charles Ewing, will deliver the eulogy, and the Rev. Al Sharpton will also speak.

Brown will be buried at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis County.

Brown, who was black, was killed Aug. 9 by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The shooting sparked protests and more than a week of unrest in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.


Man arrested after pointing gun at Interstate

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Platte County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol say they arrested an Idaho man who witnesses said was pointing a gun at traffic along Interstate 29 north of Kansas City.

Authorities say they have not received any reports of the man firing shots at traffic. Several witnesses reported seeing the man walking along the interstate with a rifle.

KMBC-TV reports the 46-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon near the Tracy-Weston exit close to Platte City.

Deputies used a stun gun on William Elders to take him into custody.


Audit criticizes state's school reform deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state auditor says the Missouri education department used a biased bidding process when it contracted with a consultant to study an overhaul of the Kansas City school district.

The review released Tuesday criticized the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's contract with Indianapolis-based Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust.

The Kansas City Star reported in December that Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro talked with CEE-Trust consultants long before the $385,000 contract was approved, and the contract cost three times more than a bid from a Massachusetts company. The money came from the Kauffman and the Hall Family Foundations, which support charter schools.

The education department said in a statement Tuesday that it would take steps to implement some of the auditor's recommendations in the future.


Missouri president given contract extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri Board of Curators has extended president Tim Wolfe's contract through June 30, 2018.

The extension announced Wednesday was effective July 1 and replaces a contract that was to end Feb. 15.

Board Chairman Don Downing said in a news release that enrollment and donations have substantially increased since Wolfe became system president in February 2012.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that spokesman John Fougere said Wolfe's base salary has not changed from $459,000 during the 2013-14 school year. He receives $100,000 in incentive pay, based equally on performance and longevity.


Housing manager pleads guilty to identity theft

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A U.S. attorney's office in Missouri says a manager of a local housing complex and two other people have pleaded guilty to identity theft charges.

The office says 42-year-old Marsha Harrington, 42-year-old Calvin Shaw and 50-year-old Larry Croner all have entered guilty pleas to charges of identity theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft.

Harrington was the manager of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex. Prosecutors say she took residents' Social Security numbers and other personal information to file false tax returns. They say that after she filed the paperwork, she kept the tax refund.

Prosecutors say Shaw and Croner helped provide information to Harrington. They say she shared funds with them.

They will all be sentenced later this year.

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