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POLICE SHOOTING-BODY CAMERAS

Ferguson police start wearing body cameras

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police in the St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old have started wearing body cameras.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson police began wearing the cameras Saturday. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the newspaper officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

Jackson said the department was given about 50 body cameras by two companies about a week ago. Company representatives offered training to officers Saturday on using the devices that attach to their uniforms and record video and audio. Jackson said each officer will get one to use.

POLICE SHOOTING-COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Ferguson shooting could shift county exec contest

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson could alter the political dynamics of the upcoming election for St. Louis County executive.

The November election pits Republican state Representative Rick Stream of Kirkwood against Democratic Councilman Steve Stenger of Affton in south St. Louis County.

Stenger relied on strong support from county prosecutor Bob McCulloch to defeat Charlie Dooley, the county's first black chief executive, in the early August Democratic primary.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that some political observers think McCulloch's support will hurt Stenger among black voters after widespread calls for McCulloch to step down from the criminal investigation into Brown's shooting by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

McCulloch's father was a St. Louis police officer killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

POLICE SHOOTING-POLITICIZATION

Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown.

Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain unknown, but the outrage that erupted after the Aug. 9 shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the nation.

While there's been nothing approaching the violence and destruction seen in the St. Louis suburb, demonstrations fueled by a sense of injustice and buoyed with the help of social media have rolled across cities this month.

SPORTS EDITOR SLAIN-LAWSUIT

County adds $240K to defend Ferguson lawsuit

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Boone County could spend nearly $450,000 by the end of the year to defend itself and county employees in a lawsuit filed by a man whose murder conviction was vacated.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that county commissioners are set to take action Tuesday on a proposed $240,000 budget revision. The lawsuit already has resulted in two other budget revisions that totaled $100,000 each.

The legal fees are the result of a lawsuit filed by Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of killing Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Last year, a state appeals court panel ruled prosecutors had withheld evidence from his attorneys and that he didn't get a fair trial

PATIENT COLLECTIONS

Bank loans used to collect unpaid medical bills

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A health system with hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin is working with a bank to offer interest-free loans to patients with unpaid medical bills.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that $6.5 million has been lent to about 4,000 patients since SSM Health Care inked a deal with Commerce Bank five months ago. Patients get the loans without undergoing credit checks and Commerce Bank receives a service fee.

The goal is to reduce the health system's bad debt, which grew from $157 million in 2012 to $204.7 million in 2013.

Hospitals have long worked out payment plans with patients in-house. But Paul Sahney of SSM Health Care says his hospitals aren't positioned to effectively manage monthly payments from patients like banks already do with home and car loans.

SWEETENER FACILITY-CIVIL LAWSUIT

Plea hearing set in Mamtek case

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A plea hearing is set for this week for a former Mamtek CEO accused of committing fraud in a failed effort to build an artificial sweetener plant in central Missouri.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Bruce Cole is charged with one count of theft and four counts of securities fraud. Attorney General Chris Koster has accused Cole of diverting at least $700,000 from a bond fund established to finance the plant and using the money to forestall foreclosure of his Beverly Hills home.

Cole's case is being heard in St. Charles on a change of venue and had been scheduled for trial in December. But a 1:30 p.m. Tuesday plea hearing was put on Judge Daniel Pelikan's docket late Friday.

Cole's attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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