More help for Ferguson businesses; More questions for Gov. Nixon

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- The Missouri Department of Insurance will meet with Ferguson business owners at the Ferguson community center Friday. The goal is to help the business owners rebuild. While many people protested peacefully the night of the Mike Brown grand jury decision, some Ferguson businesses were damaged and looted.

The state has reached out to insurance companies and is trying to help the businesses get back on track. This comes as Gov. Jay Nixon continues to feel the heat over his use of the National Guard that night.

The state’s government accountability committee held a hearing yesterday to look into why the guard wasn’t placed in Ferguson. Lawmakers on both sides of the isle are criticizing Gov. Nixon. “Once we start subpoenaing records and looking at the cross communication and the cross dialogues because what I've heard coming from the mayor and Ferguson, is that this can me semi-criminal,” State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D) said. “What is baffling to me and many others and my constituents and first responders, quite frankly, is to why the National Guard was in other places including Clayton and downtown, but not in Ferguson as one of our communities burned,” State Sen. Eric Schmitt (R) said.

Fox 2 pressed Gov. Nixon about the issue he says that the officers of the unified command had “more experience” dealing with the protesters than the guard.

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