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White House: No plans for Obama to visit Ferguson

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama has no plans to visit Ferguson anytime soon.

Officials say they're mindful that security and logistics for a presidential visit could divert law enforcement resources stretched thin by several nights of demonstrations and clashes with protesters over the Michael Brown shooting.

The president is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death. A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether police officers Darren Wilson should be charged in Brown's death.

Obama says he has urged Gov. Jay Nixon to ensure that the use of National Guard units is limited and constructive.


Mass for Peace planned in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson says a Mass for Peace and Justice will offer prayers for Ferguson, Missouri.

The mass is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral Basilica. A collection will be taken to assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area, and to help those affected by looting and property destruction.

The St. Louis suburb has been the site of sometimes violent protests since Aug. 9, when 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer.


Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protest

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - The "Hands up, don't shoot" protest has made its way to the NFL.

The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward.

It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns.

Safety Ryan Clark said Brown "could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. ... When you get an opportunity to make a statement and be more than a football player, it's good."

Protesters have gathered daily in Ferguson since Brown was fatally was shot by a police officer Aug. 9.


Corps: Waterway infrastructure improvements needed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An Army Corps of Engineers official says infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River watershed to allow inland waterways to better handle increased agriculture, oil and natural gas production and the effects of climate change.

Brig. Gen. Peter A. DeLuca, commander of the corps' Mississippi Valley Division, spoke Tuesday at a public meeting on the Motor Vessel Mississippi in Memphis. The meeting was part of a low-water inspection trip that included a stop in Caruthersville, Missouri, on Monday.

DeLuca says more farming and manufacturing in the Mississippi Valley, plus a national rise in natural gas and oil production, are creating a higher demand for freight and materials shipping along the nation's inland waterways.

The Mississippi Watershed covers 41 percent of the country, including 31 states and 250 tributaries.


EPA launches criminal probe into Tyson discharge

(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

MONETT, Mo. (AP) - Tyson Foods is the subject of a federal criminal investigation of its role in the discharge of a food supplement into a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment plant.

The Joplin Globe reports the discharge in May allegedly caused the wastewater plant in Monett to fail, leading to a fish kill in nearby Clear Creek, with more than 100,000 fish dying.

Tyson revealed the Environmental Protection Agency's criminal investigation earlier this month in its quarterly notice to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company said in a statement Monday that it is cooperating with the investigation.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a six-count lawsuit against Tyson in connection to the discharge.


Judge: Mamtek CEO committed $1.3M bond fraud

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain almost $1.3 million from bond funds that were to be used to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey rejected all claims raised by Cole and his wife, Nanette Cole, in a bankruptcy case. She ruled that $904,167 transferred to the Coles' personal accounts and $360,000 sent overseas to Cole's creditors must be repaid.

Mamtek defaulted in August 2011, only a year after persuading Moberly leaders to issue $39 million in bonds to build the plant.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Friday's ruling focused on Bruce Cole's obtaining money from a fund established with proceeds from the bonds.


Columbia City Council OKs downtown student housing

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The Columbia City Council has approved a company's proposal to build a downtown student apartment complex.

The Columbia Daily Tribune story reports the council voted Monday to approve a development agreement with student housing developer American Campus Communities.

The company will build a 718-bed apartment complex north of the University of Missouri campus. It aims to have lodging ready for tenants by August 2017.

Some council members who voted against the proposal say a road near the campus would likely see increased traffic because of the new housing.

The company will provide $300,000 to improve a sewer line underneath a road that it wants to build as part of the development agreement.


Tennessee man dies in crash in Branson

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Tennessee man died when the scooter he was riding was hit near Branson.

Joshua Wood, a 29-year-old man from Big Sandy, Tennessee, died Monday night in the collision on Highway 65 about a mile north of Branson.

The patrol says Wood was either slowing down or stopped on the highway when he was hit from behind. He died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

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