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Testimony reveals miscommunication between local leaders, Nixon night of Ferguson decision.

Date: February 12, 2015
By: Michael Lindquist, Kolbie Satterfield and Matt Kalish
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Chaos. That's how Ferguson Mayor James Knowles described communications with the Governor's office the night of the grand jury's decision.
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Wrap: Ferguson Mayor Jason Knowles hasn't heard from Governor Jay Nixon since September and on the night of the decision by a St. Louis County grand jury, he was unable to get through to Nixon.

Knowles was so desperate to get through to Nixon's office that he contacted Senator Claire McCaskill, Attorney General Chris Koster and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel hoping they could find Nixon.

However, Knowles says none of them could get through to the Governor as Ferguson and North St. Louis County burned.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Matt Kalish, NewsRadio 1120, KMOX.  

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Lack of communication between Governor Nixon and the Mayor of Ferguson had the mayor learning news of his city through the national media
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Wrap: The first Governemnt Accountability hearing into the unrest in Ferguson revaled the lack of communication with  government officials. 

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told a council that when chaos hit Ferguson on the night of November 24 he repeatedly tried to reach the Governor for National Guard assistance.

The lack of communication did not end with the National Guard.

Knowles was also left in the dark on the no-fly zone advisory in the airspace above Ferguson.

Actuality:  KNOWLES.WAV
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Description: "I didn't know about that for some time afterwards, I believe I read that actually in the paper."

The committee says in order to fully recount what happened in Ferguson they will probobaly need law enforecement and members of the Missouri National Guard to testify.

Reporting form the State Capitol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield

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Ferugson Mayor James Knowles has not heard from Governor Jay Nixon since March.
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Wrap: Not only have the two not communicated since then, but Knowles also had no say on the no fly zone over his town.

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Description: there was a large room of elected officela at greater saint marks church that were informed of the curfew our input was asked for but the curfew was actually already signed by the time they asked us

Lawmakers appeared to be shocked by that testimony.

Reporting from the state captiol, I'm Kolbie Satterfield.

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The actions of Governor Nixon on the use of the National Guard in Ferguson are examined by a joint committee.
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Wrap: Fire officials told a panel of lawmakers Wednesday night they had to stop fighting fires in and around Ferguson because they were being shot at.

Commander of the St. Louis County of Special Operations Matt LaVanchy said fire fighters even had to leave a person in a burning building because they did not have protection.

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Description: "The time they had to back out from Sam's Meat Market, there was a person on the other side of the window that were barred up and everything else and he was banging on the window begging for somebody to help him get out if the building that was on fire. And we had to leave him at that point."

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Lindquist.

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Fire officials told Missouri lawmakers they could not put out fires in Ferguson because their lives were in danger.
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Wrap: Fire officials told Missouri lawmakers they could not do their jobs in Ferguson because they did not have protection.

St. Louis County Commander of Special Operations Matt LaVanchy said firefighters watched Ferguson burn on TV because it was too dangerous to be outside.

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Description: "We watched the events unfold after we got back into the command center the same as you did. We had 40" television screens that they ran wires to. We were able to watch CNN and saw the town of Ferguson burning down while we sat in the command center and could not do anything."

LaVanchy said firefighters had to leave someone in a burning building because they were being shot at.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Lindquist.

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The decisions made by Governor Jay Nixon in Ferguson came underfire by Missouri lawmakers, fire officials and the mayor of Ferguson.
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Wrap: Fire officials and the mayor of Ferguson sat in front of Missouri lawmakers to tell them about the unrest in Ferguson on the night the grand jury released their decision.

They said the National Guard did not protect essential resources that were needed to keep order that night. 

Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia said what happened that night is unacceptable.

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Description: "By the grace of God, nobody died, but we had people shot at which is never an acceptable circumstance."

When asked if Governor Jay Nixon could take any credit for having no casualties, he said:

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Description: "I think it's sheer luck."

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Lindquist. 


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