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Demonstrations over the death of George Floyd continue, as protesters sit in the street of the Country Club Plaza on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (Kylie Graham/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City announces planned reform of police procedures

Jun. 5, 2020 1:54 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City is reforming police procedures after criticism from black organizations about police conduct during nearly a week of protests as well as long-standing tension between the department and minorities, the mayor announced Thursday. A coalition of civil rights organizations...

This undated photo provided by the Kansas City Police Department, in Missouri, shows Austin Lewis. Lewis, of Independence, Mo., was charged Thursday, June 4, 2020, with stabbing a Kansas City police officer while suffering what appeared to be a mental health crisis. (Kansas City Police Department via AP)

Man charged with stabbing Kansas City police officer

Jun. 5, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with stabbing a Kansas City police officer while suffering what appeared to be a mental health crisis. Twenty-four-year-old Austin Lewis, of Independence, was charged Thursday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. His bond is set at $200,000...

Kansas City mayor pardons man who recorded police arrest

Jun. 4, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas on Thursday pardoned a man who had been convicted of a misdemeanor after recording a violent arrest by police officers who told him to stop recording and leave. Lucas said he signed the pardon for Roderick Reed, 52, so city residents know they have...

Missouri sees damage from tornadoes, rare colliding storms

Jun. 4, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Parts of western Missouri saw minor damage from two weak tornadoes, as well as a rare phenomenon of two storms moving in opposite directions that collided around Kansas City. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado early Thursday morning with peak winds of 80 mph (128.7...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

Protesters fill Market Street near the Gateway Arch grounds during an event organized by ExpectUS in St. Louis on Monday, June 1, 2020. Protesters were demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being detained by Minneapolis police. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Black leaders in Kansas City seek police chief's resignation

Jun. 4, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights organizations on Wednesday called for the resignation of Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, hours after a group of mostly black pastors demanded changes to improve relations between police and the city's minority community. The Urban League of Greater Kansas City, the...

Russell Stover Chocolates closing Colorado plant over virus

Jun. 3, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Russell Stover Chocolates has announced its candy plant in Montrose will close seven months ahead of schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic, a decision that will leave 217 employees without work. The Kansas City, Missouri-based chocolatier said in January that the plant and a retail...

Police looking for leads in Kansas City shooting death

Jun. 3, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Kansas City are looking for leads in the shooting death of a man in Kansas City. The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Tuesday on the southwestern side of the city, police said in a news release. Officers responding to reports of the shooting found found a man on the...

Police look for people who did not get off the street after the start of curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Thousands on New York City streets after curfew

Jun. 3, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands of protesters on New York City streets after curfew. — Protest in Washington on Tuesday lacking tension of...

Fireworks go off in front of police, who with protesters in front of police headquarters in St. Louis on Monday, June 1, 2020. The small group of protesters was originally part of a much larger group demonstrating earlier in the afternoon against the death of George Floyd. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

4 St. Louis officers shot, ex-captain killed during unrest

Jun. 2, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protests that began peacefully over the death of George Floyd turned violent in the St. Louis area, where four police officers were shot and wounded and a retired St. Louis police captain was killed by looters at a pawn shop, actions that the governor blamed on “criminals”...