Missouri

Ferguson officer who killed teenager reportedly won’t be returning to duty

The St. Louis region braced for a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, a white police offier, in the Aug. 9 slaying of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. All signs pointed to that decision’s coming as early as this weekend. An array of law enforcement officials, including some from the FBI, were making final preparations for the possibility of large-scale demonstrations similar to those that erupted, and sometimes turned violent, after the shooting in August.

Mary Sanchez

The moral wisdom of President Obama’s executive action

The irony of President Obama’s plan of executive action — and the rolling freak-out it has engendered among Republicans — is that it doesn’t offer a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants residing in this country. It doesn’t solve their status in limbo but merely alleviates the threat of deportation for about half of them, about 5 million people.

Chiefs

Even when injured, Derrick Johnson still makes an impact for the Chiefs

Derrick Johnson has been a daily fixture in the Chiefs’ locker room while recovering from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon. It’s his way of contributing to a 7-4 season that has the Chiefs a half-game out of first place in the AFC West.

Business

Lighter energy prices should brighten the holidays for consumers

Gasoline prices have dropped about $1 a gallon from this year’s peak. Prices for natural gas, the most-used home heating fuel in the Midwest, also are far less than they were a few years ago. And prices of propane, popular in small towns and farms in Missouri and Kansas, are shaking off the volatility they showed last winter and appear headed for a much calmer period.

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