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(West Plains) – Middle-school children and their parents are invited to “Book Arts” at the West Plains Public Library.

The event will be held December 6 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the West Plains Public Library. Judith Fowler, MSU Emeritus Professor of Art and Professor Joel Chaston of the MSU English Department will guide participants in creating their own book from start to finish.

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(Mammoth Spring)- The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will be meeting on Monday, December 1, at 6 PM at Fred’s Fish House in Mammoth Spring.

The program will include a demonstration of non-lethal self-defense weapons such as stun guns, pepper spray and other security devices designed for civilians; especially for use by women. A discussion on freeze dried long-term storage food will also be part of the evenings events.

Plans for the New Year will be announced including the Missouri Liberty Project, a program to recruit liberty minded candidates for local and state elected office, an update on the situation in Ferguson, and other news in the state and nation.

Any area residents interested in private property rights, food freedom and protection of constitutional rights are invited to attend. For more information you can call 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.

(Mountain Home) – Visit with local, published authors during the Local Author Sale and Signing Event at the Donald W. Reynolds Library Sunday, December 7, 1-4PM.

Choose from a selection of their books for unique gifts with some local flair, have your gift personalized with an autograph from the author and enjoy the sounds of holiday music performed by area piano students.

Local authors currently scheduled to be at the event include: Ray Bachman, S. Lee Benedict, Timothy Bryant, Tamara Carl, Neil Chandler, Pam Estes, Bobby Howard, Dana Johnson, Carole Jones, Heather Kaspar, Sabrena Klausman, Nancy Lee, Charlie Lineberry, Bettina Sparkles Obernuefemann, Bill Rhodes, Hilary Shew, Bobby Barbara Smith, Phillip Taylor, Judy Till, Mance Wright, Dorothy Anderson, Diane Burton, Midge Poirier-Shultis, and Mary Nida Smith.

Local authors with published works for sale can still register to be featured at the event. For more information, contact Kim Crow Sheaner at or 870-580-0979. For information on Library programs, visit the Library’s website at

Hunters harvested 167,205 deer during the November portion of Missouri's firearms deer season. (MDC)

Hunters harvested 167,205 deer during the November portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season. (MDC)

(Jefferson City) – Building on a strong opening weekend harvest, Missouri hunters went on to check a total of 167,205 deer during firearms deer season, which ran November 15-25.

The number exceeds last year’s harvest of 157,273.

Howell County was the top harvesting county during the season, with 3,418 deer checked; Franklin was second, with 3,338 and Texas was third, with 3,170.

This year’s harvest is 6-percent larger than last year’s figure and 10 percent below the previous 5-year average for the November portion of firearms deer season. When added to the previous, urban, and early youth portions of this year’s firearms deer season the November portion harvest brings the year-to-date total to 185,890.

Twenty-five days of firearms deer hunting remain in the antlerless, alternative-methods and late youth portions of deer season. Archery deer season runs through January 15.


Darren Wilson speaking during ABC’s “Good Morning America” (ABC)

(Washington) (AP) – Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he “never wanted to take anybody’s life” and feels sorry about the death of Michael Brown.

But Wilson says in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Wednesday that he followed his training when he shot the unarmed black teenager. During their confrontation, he says, “The only emotion I ever felt was fear and then it was survival and training.”

Wilson says he only fired at Brown when Brown was facing him, and never when his back was turned. And he says he saw in the teenager a high level of aggression and anger that was “almost unfathomable.”

Wilson says he understands Brown’s parents’ anger because they are grieving their son. He says, “I’m sorry that their son lost his life.”

(St. Louis) (AP) – An FBI spokeswoman says two special agents have been shot in St. Louis County, but the incident is not related to the Ferguson protests.

Rebecca Wu, a spokeswoman with the FBI St. Louis Division, says the agents were assisting the University City Police Department execute an arrest warrant at 2:53 a.m. Wednesday.

One agent was shot in the shoulder and the other agent was shot in the leg. Wu says neither injury is life-threatening.

The flashing lights of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances could be seen near the scene of the shooting, which took place about five miles south of Ferguson.

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Ferguson) (AP) – National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.

Demonstrators returned Tuesday to the riot-scarred streets. But with hundreds of additional troops standing watch over neighborhoods and businesses, the protests had far less destructive power than the previous night. However, officers still used some tear gas and pepper spray, and demonstrators set a squad car on fire and broke windows at City Hall.

As the tension in Ferguson eased somewhat, officer Darren Wilson broke his long public silence, insisting on national television that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation with Brown.

The toll from Monday’s protests – 12 commercial buildings burned to the ground, plus eight other blazes and a dozen vehicles torched – prompted Missouri governor Jay Nixon to send a large contingent of extra National Guard troops.

The governor ordered the initial force of 700 to be increased to 2,200 in hopes that their presence would help local law enforcement keep order in the St. Louis suburb.

“Lives and property must be protected,” Nixon said. “This community deserves to have peace.”

Guard units protected the Ferguson Police Department and left crowd control, arrests and use of tear gas to local officers. In one commercial area Wednesday morning, a soldier was stationed at every few storefronts, and some were on rooftops.

Forty-five people were arrested, most for failure to disperse. Outside police headquarters, one woman was taken into custody after protesters hurled what appeared to be smoke bombs, flares and frozen water bottles at a line of officers. Several other protesters were arrested after defying police instructions to get out of the street or out of the way of police vehicles.

Protesters threw rocks, tent poles, and bottles – some containing urine – at officers. As the crowd dispersed early Wednesday, some threw rocks through the windows of a muffler shop and a used-car dealership near a painted mural that read “Peace for Ferguson.”

Some streets that had been overrun the previous night were deserted, except for the occasional police cruiser or National Guard vehicle. Some Guard crews monitored empty parking lots.

Other large demonstrations were held across the country for a second day. Hundreds of Seattle high school students walked out of classes, and several hundred people marched down a Cleveland freeway ramp to block rush-hour traffic.

During an interview with ABC News, Wilson said he has a clean conscience because “I know I did my job right.”

Wilson, 28, had been with the Ferguson police force for less than three years before the Aug. 9 shooting. He told ABC that Brown’s shooting was the first time he fired his gun on the job.

Asked whether the encounter would have unfolded the same way if Brown had been white, Wilson said yes.

Attorneys for the Brown family vowed to push for federal charges against Wilson and said the grand jury process was rigged from the start to clear Wilson.

“We said from the very beginning that the decision of this grand jury was going to be the direct reflection of the presentation of the evidence by the prosecutor’s office,” attorney Anthony Gray said. He suggested the office of the county’s top prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, presented some testimony to discredit the process, including from witnesses who did not see the shooting.

Brown’s parents made public calls for peace in the run-up to Monday’s announcement, and on Tuesday, their representatives again stressed that the people setting fires were not on Michael Brown’s side.

Videos that were widely circulated on Tuesday showed Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing atop a car and breaking down as the announcement of the grand jury decision blares over the stereo.

Her husband, Brown’s stepfather, comforts her, then begins angrily yelling “Burn the bitch down!” to a crowd gathered around him. Asked about the comment at a news conference, family attorney Benjamin Crump said the reaction was, “raw emotion. Not appropriate at all. Completely inappropriate.”

The Brown family attorneys said they hope an ongoing federal civil rights investigation leads to charges. But federal investigations of police misconduct face a steep legal standard, requiring proof that an officer willfully violated a victim’s civil rights.

Testimony from Wilson that he felt threatened, and physical evidence almost certainly complicates any efforts to seek federal charges.

Under federal law, “you have to prove as a prosecutor that the officer knew at the moment that he pulled the trigger that he was using too much force, that he was violating the Constitution,” said Seth Rosenthal, a former Justice Department civil rights prosecutor.

The Justice Department has also launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the department aims to complete those investigations as quickly as possible “to restore trust, to rebuild understanding and to foster cooperation between law enforcement and community members.”

Regardless of the outcome of the federal investigations, Brown’s family also could file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wilson.

Speaking in Chicago, President Barack Obama said “the frustrations that we’ve seen are not just about a particular incident. They have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly.”

Wilson’s lawyers issued a statement praising the decision and saying the officer is grateful to his supporters.

“Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions,” the lawyers wrote. Wilson “followed his training and followed the law.”

Scott Holtgrieve, a St. Louis County man who attended an August fundraiser on Wilson’s behalf, always viewed with skepticism witness accounts that Wilson shot Brown while Brown held his hands up in a form of surrender and was on his knees.

“What they were saying just didn’t seem rational – that an officer would shoot someone in cold blood that way at point-blank range, especially in that neighborhood where you know a lot of people are watching,” Holtgrieve said.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A federal judge has struck down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban, which could eventually pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

But Baker put her ruling on hold, anticipating an appeal.

A spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he is reviewing the ruling. He says a decision will be made after the Thanksgiving holiday and in consultation with Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge.

The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court is weighing a separate case, which stems from May, when a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities to create statewide tests for school children.

State Rep. David Wood on Tuesday said creating new tests in the state will help prevent teachers from instructing children based on Common Core standards.

Those standards outline goals for student learning in each grade, such as when to learn division. They were adopted to create consistent, high-quality standards for education nationwide, but some Missouri lawmakers say they take control of education away from the state.

Work groups are reviewing those standards and could recommend that the state Board of Education nix them in October.

Wood says drafting standardized tests in Missouri would prevent educators from teaching current standards in order to get students to pass a test aligned with Common Core.

(Washington) – Gas prices continue to fall across the US, according to a new report from the US Energy Information Administration. Marlana Anderson with the EIA has the report:

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Meanwhile, the average retail price for on-highway diesel fuel fell to $3.63 a gallon on Monday, down 3.3 cents from last week.