Confetti falls on the head of John Kasich, governor of Ohio and a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, after speaking during a campaign event in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday. Kasich secured his first victory on Mega Tuesday. Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Homes in Pacific, Mo., are surrounded by floodwaters on Wednesday. A rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Eric Holder (right) listens to Viola Murphy, mayor of Cool Valley, Mo., before his meeting with local community leaders in August 2014. Murphy is a vocal critic of new municipal regulations. Pablo Martinez-Monsivais /Getty Images hide caption

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After Ferguson, Unintended Consequences Of Municipal Overhaul
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This is a calculated flood map for the city of St. Louis. Water depth goes from deep (dark blue) to shallow (white, light blue). Floodwater can come from the Illinois, Upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers, as well as from heavy local precipitation. Courtesy of Dag Lohmann/Katrisk hide caption

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph
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Bill Tanner works to remove graffiti from a statue of Jefferson Davis at the University of Texas in Austin. The statue is one of several around the country that have been targeted by vandals in recent days. Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP hide caption

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Beyond The Battle Flag: Controversy Over Confederate Symbols Unfurls
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A number of state lawmakers have passed bills to bolster body cameras or have more streamlined investigations of police shootings. But State Rep. Michael Butler (D-St. Louis) says, "Folks in Missouri are afraid to have the race conversation." Michael Thomas/Getty Images hide caption

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Missouri Slow To Advance A Post-Ferguson Agenda
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Alan Doan likes the fact that Missouri Star Quilt Co. is following in the footsteps of fellow Hamilton native J.C. Penney, but Doan's never been into an actual J.C. Penney store. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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One Family Revitalizes A Small Town With, Yes, Quilts
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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide following political attacks during his campaign for governor. His press secretary, Spence Jackson, committed suicide just one month later. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Suicides By Missouri Politicians Raise Questions About State Ethics
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At Resource Management's materials recovery facility, workers pull plastic bags, other trash and large pieces of cardboard off the conveyor belts before the mixed single-stream recyclables enter the sorting machines. Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost
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Protesters walk on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday. Protests have been going on for more than a week after the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on Monday about the situation in Iraq and the ongoing violence in Ferguson, Mo. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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What Washington Can, And Can't, Do In Ferguson
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The Rev. Willis Johnson (right) confronts Joshua Wilson, 18, as protesters block traffic during a demonstration against the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. Rev. Johnson convinced Wilson, one of the last holdouts in the intersection, that he should leave and avoid arrest. Sid Hastings/For The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Ferguson Pastor: This Is Not A Race Issue; This Is A Human Issue
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Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. They're concerned about the health and environmental effects a potential hog farm next door might have. Kristofor Husted/KBIA hide caption

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Missouri Constitutional Amendment Pits Farmer Against Farmer
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Joseph Paul Franklin in a photo taken in 2012 by the Missouri Department of Corrections. /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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