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U.S. Department of Justice and Ferguson, Missouri, officials say the city is still poring over old municipal court cases trying to determine which should be dismissed as part of an agreement with the Justice Department.

About 90 people showed up Wednesday night for an update on reforms in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown died in a 2014 police shooting that became a catalyst for the national Black Lives Matter movement.

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After months of negotiations and some late push and pull over the cost, the last public hearing is set on the U.S. Department of Justice's settlement with the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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A Missouri court has struck down parts of a law meant to address concerns raised after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Updated with details and comments from Rep. William Lacy Clay. — The city of Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice are approaching agreement on how to deal with the civil rights violations of the city's police departments and municipal courts.

Ferguson officials on Wednesday released a draft version of a consent decree. The city will accept written comments through Feb. 9, and at three City Council meetings. It must still be approved by the City Council and a federal judge — the agreement would end after the city completely complies with all agreement requirements for two full years.

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Children appearing in St. Louis County family courts soon can get free legal representation under a program being unveiled by the county's NAACP chapter.