Editor's note: St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said in a press conference there are "possible leads" in the search for suspects in the shooting of two officers during a protest last night in Ferguson, Mo. Both officers have "no long-term injuries," Belmar said. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger would not commit to a takeover of the Ferguson Police Department, and said there have been no talks of instating a curfew. - Rebecca
Statement from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.: 'This shooting is a criminal act that jeopardized the lives of police officers and protesters both. I hope the officers have a full recovery and pray for them and their families. It's time for healing and reform, and acts of violence have no place in this process'
Missouri (see pronunciations) is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. Missouri is the 21st most extensive and the 18th most populous of the 50 United States. Missouri comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.
The four largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Missouri's capital is Jefferson City. The land that is now Missouri was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became known as the Missouri Territory. Part of the Territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.
Missouri's geography is highly varied. The northern part of the state lies in dissected till plains while the southern part lies in the Ozark Mountains (a dissected plateau), with the Missouri River dividing the two. The state lies at the intersection of the three greatest rivers of North America, with the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers near St. Louis, and the confluence of the Ohio River with the Mississippi north of the Bootheel. The starting points for the Pony Express, Santa Fe Trail, and Oregon Trail were all located in Missouri. The mean center of the United States population at the 2010 census was at the town of Plato in Texas County.