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Missouri governor calls National Guard troops into Ferguson

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FERGUSON, Mo. (WKOW) --Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed an executive order sending National Guard troops into Ferguson, Missouri.

The announcement came overnight Monday to help restore order to the St. Louis suburb after a week of sometimes-violent protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. Nixon made the announcement after another night of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, where officers used tear gas to clear demonstrators off the streets late Sunday.

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is in command of the city. He says authorities have responded to reports of gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters hurling Molotov cocktails.

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