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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 24-year-old Kansas City man is facing a federal charge accusing him of aiming a laser pointer at a Kansas City Police Department helicopter last fall. Jordan Clarence Rogers was charged in a federal grand jury indictment. Prosecutors say he aimed the beam of a laser pointer at the helicopter on Oct. 8.

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri inmate has died after being beaten by his cellmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center. The Cole County sheriff's office says 35-year-old Mark Melton was assaulted Aug. 19 and taken to University Hospital in Columbia. The sheriff's office said the cellmate is a 33-year-old man serving sentences for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - Investigators are focusing on natural gas as the possible cause of an explosion that leveled a house in western Missouri. The blast in Independence early Tuesday afternoon was felt two miles away. No injuries were reported. All three members of the family that has occupied the three-bedroom home since 1971 were away at the time.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Protests over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown have migrated to the city of St. Louis as demonstrators continue to press for broader reforms to local and federal law enforcement. About 100 protesters marched Tuesday from St. Louis City Hall to the downtown federal courthouse several blocks away. They were calling attention not only to Brown's death but also the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell by St. Louis police 10 days later.

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