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A Calmer Night In Ferguson, Mo., Amid Increased National Guard Presence  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:52:15 -0500
Police arrested 44 people after another round of protests — these quieter than the unrest that erupted after the decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. 
Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Reverberates Across The Nation  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:13:00 -0500
The decision not to indict the officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown touched off protests. Residents of the St. Louis suburb blame trouble makers and edgy police for some confrontations. 
Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:18:00 -0500
Mississippi has long ranked near the bottom of the states in educational performance. In a bid to change that, 21 school districts are suing the state for more than $200 million in education funding. 
Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:40:00 -0500
While several big cities saw large protests after the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on Monday, Tuesday saw protests and blocked highways in at least 14 cities across the country. 
Wilson Describes Confrontation With Brown In ABC Interview  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:16:00 -0500
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, says he has "a clean conscience" about the shooting; he also says he's sorry for the loss of life. 
Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:01:00 -0500
Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities." 
For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:15:00 -0500
Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table. 
At Vandalized Ferguson Businesses, Anger And Tears  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:05:00 -0500
In Ferguson, Mo., some residents spent Tuesday cleaning up looted and vandalized businesses near the police station — some for the second time since the August shooting sparked public outcry. 
Ferguson Pastor: 'It Is A Challenge To Be Hopeful'  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:52:00 -0500
Audie Cornish speaks with Pastor Willis Johnson from Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo., about the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case and the reactions he sees in his community. 
Michael Brown Case Puts Attention On Grand Jury  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:40:00 -0500
Audie Cornish speaks to St. Louis University law professor Susan McGraugh about what the grand jury documents say about the process that was at work. 
Lions, Pianos And Boomboxes, Oh My: Movie Artifacts Hit The Auction Block  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:15 -0500
Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz, the piano from Casablanca, and Radio Raheem's boombox from Do the Right Thing are some of the pieces of Hollywood memorabilia that sold at auction Monday night in New York. 
Ferguson Documents Focus On 90 Key Seconds  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:15 -0500
The prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County has released thousands of pages of documents from the Michael Brown case that offer differing accounts of the 90-second confrontation between Officer Darren Williams and Brown, which ended in Brown's death. 
Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Sparks Tumultuous Night And Day  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:15 -0500
In reaction to the grand jury's decision to file no charges in the Michael Brown case, protests continued on Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo., and cities across the country. 
Young Ferguson Protestor: 'It's Bigger Than Us'  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:15 -0500
Audie Cornish speaks with Brittany Ferrell, the co-founder of Millennial Activists United, about her new life in activism and the importance of the millennial generation in continuing the fight for civil rights started by generations of the past. 
Kids Get In On The Action With NaNoWriMo  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:00 -0500
November is national novel writing month and some schools are participating by having students write long-form fiction.