FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has lifted the state of emergency that he declared Aug. 16 in response to looting and violent protesting in Ferguson.
The unrest followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. A state grand jury and the Justice Department are still investigating the shooting.
Nixon on Wednesday cited a return to some normalcy in the St. Louis County town, with school back in session, businesses reopening. He called the progress “a testament to the efforts of community and faith leaders” who worked with government and police officials to return peace to the streets.
Nixon also terminated an executive order issued Aug. 18 that activated the Missouri National Guard. The guard, providing security for police, completed the role Aug. 26.