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Stenger Calls for State of emergency for at Least One more Day

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St. Louis County's top executive says he will keep a state of emergency involving Ferguson in place for at least another day, calling it "prudent."

Steve Stenger said Wednesday that the emergency declaration he put in place Monday will stay in effect for at least 24 more hours.

The move authorizes county Police Chief Jon Belmar to take control of police emergency management in and around Ferguson. It came a day after a black 18-year-old near Ferguson protests was shot and critically injured Sunday night by four officers who police say returned fire.

Stenger said law enforcers on Monday and Tuesday nights established order and prevented violence during Ferguson protests linked to the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of Michael Brown.

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