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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – The Missouri National Guard and State Highway Patrol have racked up nearly $12 million of costs while providing security stemming from protests in Ferguson and the St. Louis area.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget office released cost estimates Friday in response to a request from The Associated Press.

Nixon activated the Guard and increased the Highway Patrol’s presence in the St. Louis area as a grand jury decided on Nov. 24 not to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

State figures show the Guard had $6.9 million of costs for such things as salaries, meals, fuel and supplies as of Wednesday. The Patrol had $4.8 million of expenses for salaries, lodging, meals and transportation as of Monday.

Those costs are expected to rise.