Missouri

Ferguson grand jury reaches decision; announcement expected at 8 p.m.

A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a lawyer for Brown’s family said Monday. The St. Louis County prosecutor’s has said the decision will be announced at 8 p.m. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon held a news conference with the state’s public safety director and St. Louis city and county leaders. Nixon called for “peace, respect and restraint” when the grand jury announcement is made.

Chiefs

Chiefs’ Eric Berry has possible cancerous mass in his chest

Chiefs Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry has a mass in the right side of his chest that will be further examined by a lymphoma specialist in Atlanta, the team announced Monday. No definitive diagnosis has been made, but Berry was placed on the Chiefs’ non-football injury list and will not play again this season, starting with Sunday night’s home game vs. Denver.

Crime

Brandon Howell, accused in KC quintuple homicides, pleads not guilty at arraignment

Brandon Howell, who faces five murder charges in connection with five shotgun slayings Sept. 2 in the Woodbridge area of south Kansas City, was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court. His attorney told the court that Howell was pleading not guilty to all charges, including five counts of first-degree murder.

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Under pressure, Chuck Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday that he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an “appropriate time for him to complete his service.”

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Downtown businesses rail at Kansas City’s streetcar snarl

During the holidays, businesses that hoped to attract new patrons are now trying just to retain their loyal clientele. They knew it would be inconvenient, but they say this is worse than the city originally described. The problem: Instead of just putting in streetcar track, like some other cities, Kansas City is also replacing water and sewer lines, most of them more than 100 years old.

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