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Witness testimony key to Ferguson investigation

Even before a county grand jury starts to hear evidence on Wednesday in the police shooting death of Michael Brown, dueling narratives have emerged. Several witnesses said Brown raised his hands and was not attacking the officer. Others say Brown was running away from police.

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News21: Public-carry laws expand gun rights

Increasingly those with firearms can bring guns into public places such as bars, restaurants, churches and parks. The practice is now legal in a majority of states.

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Does calling in the National Guard help?

Local and state officials have tried a variety of tactics to quell the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Most recently the National Guard was called into protect the police command center, not patrolling the streets or controlling protestors. The National Guard and its predecessors have history of being deployed to suppress civil unrest.

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System isn't keeping guns from mentally ill

The national News21 Initiative brings together a select group of student journalists to produce a major national investigation into a topic of wide interest. This year, News21 has documented the struggle over gun rights and regulations in America to tell the story  “Gun Wars: The Struggle Over Rights and Regulation in America." Over the next two weeks we will be featuring much of their reporting.

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