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Ferguson unrest affects St. Louis conventions

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The unrest in Ferguson over Michael Brown's death has caused some organizations to rethink holding their conventions in the St. Louis region.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Church of God in Christ's annual convention has contributed millions of dollars to the St. Louis economy.

The church's presiding bishop sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon last week over concerns about Brown's fatal shooting by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. The letter said the church might consider relocating its annual conference.

A grand jury is weighing whether criminal charges should be filed against Wilson.

An official with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says they've had several customers express their concern over unrest in the St. Louis region. But he says the pace of bookings has been good.

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