5 years after Ferguson, racial tension might be more intense

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a white Missouri police officer stands as a seismic moment in American race relations. The fledgling Black Lives Matter movement found its voice, police departments fell under intense scrutiny, progressive prosecutors were elected and court policies revised. Yet five years after the black 18-year-old…

Disaster aid expanded to 6 additional Missouri counties

JEFFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents hit by flooding or severe storms in six additional counties can now access federal aid. Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the state’s request to expand a federal major disaster declaration. The newly included counties are Callaway, Jefferson, Lewis, McDonald, Newton,…

Illinois Lawmakers Seek More Funds For Affordable Housing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More money is needed address the need for more affordable, permanent and stable homes for Illinois’ most vulnerable residents, even after the governor approved $200 million for the state’s affordable housing program, two Democratic lawmakers said. Sen. Mattie Hunter and Rep. Delia Ramirez, both of Chicago, said the money Gov. J.B.…