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Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Ferguson, Missouri today to assess the situation in the troubled St. Louis suburb. Holder will meet with FBI and Justice Department officials who are investigating the death of Michael Brown. The incident has prompted violent protests and clashes with police. Police say the dynamic is changing amid widespread protests in Ferguson. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson says officers did not need to use pepper spray or tear gas overnight. Officers still made at least 47 arrests.
Gasoline prices are on the decline in Minnesota as summer winds down. The statewide average for regular unleaded is around $3.35 a gallon, and Gail Weinholzer of AAA Minnesota says that's the lowest Minnesotans have paid at the pump in August for a decade. She expects the decline to continue, heading into the Labor Day weekend. Weinholzer says crude oil prices have stabilized significantly and demand for gasoline has dropped this month.
The Great Minnesota-Get-Together opens tomorrow. Dan Hendrickson of the Minnesota division of the Better Business Bureau says if you are planning on getting more than food on a stick, research what you are buying, do some comparison shopping and check out the vendor online at bbb.org. Hendrickson says it's also a good idea to obtain the company's physical location and telephone number, in case you need to return or exchange an item after the fair is over.