- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The city of Ferguson has extended until Friday the deadline for applications to fill a vacancy on the city council, an issue that is causing renewed concerns along racial lines.

Councilman Brian Fletcher died Jan. 10. The city council has 30 days to appoint a replacement or that duty falls to the mayor.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of appointing a black nominee on Jan. 26, with the three black members supporting her and the two white members supporting a white nominee. But City Attorney Stephanie Karr said four votes are needed to name a replacement.

Ferguson has been in the spotlight since August 2014 when 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson, who was not charged.

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