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Fewer prisoners were executed in 2014 in the United States than in any year for the last two decades. Thirty-five executions were performed throughout the country, according to an annual reporter from the Death Penalty Information Center.

However, Missouri bucked the trend of fewer executions, tying with Texas in leading the country in executions, closely followed by Florida. The Show Me State executed 10 prisoners this year, the most the state has ever executed in a single year.

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Charges were set aside earlier this week in a case involving a Bonne Terre mother who was facing deportation.

Komdown “Dow” Boyer legally came to the United States from Thailand when she was 9 years old. Her stepfather was an American soldier and she spent most of her life on military bases. When she turned 18 she could have applied for citizenship, but she assumed her parents had done that for her and therefore thought she was a U.S. citizen.

City of Cape Girardeau / Cape Girardeau Police Department

Officers from the Cape Girardeau Police Department say there are many benefits to body worn cameras and they have seen the benefits for a long time. The department began looking into getting car or body worn cameras over a year ago.

According to corporal Darin Hickey, the cameras can capture any involvement with an individual and record evidence the officer may have overlooked.

“It’s just another set of eyes that the officer would be wearing,” Hickey explained.

After a day spent meeting with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders and other officials about the mistrust of police in communities of color, President Obama will ask Congress for $263 million in part to equip local police with body cameras.

Update at 6:55 p.m. ET: Other Possible Changes

As the president confirmed his plans at the White House, Attorney General Eric Holder announced he will soon release new guidelines to limit racial profiling by authorities.

Southeast Students Band Together For Peaceful Protest

Nov 25, 2014
Jessica Penland / KRCU

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Southeast Missouri State University students held a peaceful protest in front of Kent Library following a grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Immediately following the ruling, riots broke out in cities across the country. The group of protesters at Southeast chose to react peacefully.

The students stood together, chanted and held up signs that said “We are Mike Brown,” “No Justice. No Peace,” “Hands up. Don’t Shoot,” and “Pray for STL.”