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Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson speaks as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (right) and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay watch Thursday during a news conference at University of Missouri-St. Louis in St. Louis. Nixon on Thursday named the African-American state Highway Patrol captain to oversee security in Ferguson, after scathing criticism of the local police department’s handling of protests over an officer’s fatal shooting of a black teenager. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

Missouri takes over security in strife-torn town

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Hoping to bring “a softer front” to the law enforcement presence in Ferguson after five nights of clashes between police and protesters, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over directing security in the city, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday.

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