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Missouri House votes to ban trans athletes on girls teams

Apr. 21, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Transgender girls would be banned from playing on girls' sports teams under a bill that advanced Wednesday in the Missouri House. House lawmakers voted 100-51 to add the provision to another bill, sidestepping the more-typical process that requires...

S. Carolina governor wants McCoy to run Santee Cooper board

Apr. 21, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor wants a former lawmaker who spent a year as the state's top federal prosecutor to lead the board that runs state-owned utility Santee Cooper. Peter McCoy said Wednesday that his two goals if he becomes Santee Cooper board...

Missouri House expels lawmaker accused of abusing his kids

Apr. 21, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Wednesday ousted a lawmaker accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago. The Republican-led House voted almost unanimously to kick out Rick Roeber, a Republican from Lee's Summit who was elected in...

Missouri House passes bill for guns in churches, buses

Apr. 20, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House on Monday passed a bill that would allow guns in churches and on public transportation. House lawmakers voted 109-36 in favor of the proposal, which now goes to the GOP-led Senate for consideration. ...

Babysitter charged with murder in Columbia child's death

Apr. 20, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Fayette woman has been charged with second-degree murder after an 8-month-old girl she was babysitting died, police said. Jennifer Johnson, 44, was also charged Monday with child abuse and child endangerment after the baby died at a Columbia...

Missouri health director who worked for 2 governors resigns

Apr. 20, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s health director resigned Tuesday amid the state's coronavirus vaccine rollout, Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced. Parson did not provide an explanation for Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams'...

Report: Missouri lawmaker should be ousted for alleged abuse

Apr. 19, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A state House committee report released Monday called for a new Missouri lawmaker’s ouster over allegations that he physically and sexually abused his children years ago. The Missouri House Ethics Committee found the claims against Lee's Summit...

South Carolina governor gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 19, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Monday morning, nearly four months after testing positive for the virus. McMaster and first lady Peggy McMaster both got the first of two Pfizer doses at a CVS...

Woman arrested after young child found dead in Columbia

Apr. 19, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Fayette woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder after a young child was found dead in Columbia, police said. Jennifer Johnson, 44, was arrested after officers went to a Columbia home on a report of a death. Officers found an...

Mizzou soccer coach Blitz to retire after 25 years in charge

Apr. 18, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri women's soccer coach Bryan Blitz, who has led the program for the entirety of its 25-year existence, said Sunday that he is retiring to spend more time with his family. Blitz went 254-216-39 with the Tigers, and he was 299-260-47 in 30...