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Aug 15, 2014 6:50 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Change in protest atmosphere

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protests in Ferguson, Missouri have a much lighter atmosphere since Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday placed the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge.

Late Wednesday, some protesters angered over the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer threw molotov cocktails and other items at local officers, and demonstrators were met with flash grenades and tear gas.

On Thursday, several protesters stopped to shake hands with state police officers who walked among the crowd.

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