Missouri governor urges 'healing and hope' after Ferguson
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is urging lawmakers to embrace policies that "foster healing and hope" following civil unrest that erupted over the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson.
Nixon used his annual State of the State address Wednesday to acknowledge that the death of Michael Brown focused the nation's attention on Missouri this past year.
He said too many people feel they need to choose sides between teenagers and police or blacks and whites, but real change is only possible "when we stand together."
The Democratic governor was speaking to a legislature dominated by Republicans with whom he has often been at odds.
He also outlined a budget that seeks funding increases for public schools, though they are not as large as some education groups would like.