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Workers vote on forming Missouri's only active library union

May. 17, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

Workers at a public library system based in Columbia are voting this week on whether to become the only active public librarians union in the state. If employees at the Daniel Boone Regional Library, which has branches in Columbia, Fulton, Ashland and Holts Summit, ratify the union,...

Man freed in competency mix up arrested again in SC killings

May. 13, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man charged with killing two sisters in South Carolina 12 years ago but who disappeared out of the legal system after he was found incompetent to stand trial was arrested Thursday in Colorado after authorities reinstated his charges, a sheriff's office and a family...

Frenetic last SC General Assembly day sees trustee bill fail

May. 12, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Time ran out for South Carolina senators as they tried to pass a bill that would restructure the University of South Carolina's board on Thursday, the frenetic final day of the 2022 General Assembly session. Gov. Henry McMaster's desk filled quickly on the...

Wife of Columbia man killed by motorist awarded $10 million

May. 12, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A woman who hit and killed a pedestrian in Columbia while she was talking on her phone and speeding has been ordered to pay $10 million to the victim's wife. Circuit Court Judge Joshua Devine on Wednesday approved the judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit filed...

Man committed after slayings shows up free in small SC town

May. 10, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last thing the family of two sisters slain in a tiny South Carolina town had heard about the man who confessed to killing them was that he was headed to a mental hospital in 2012 to be treated for schizophrenia so he could later be tried for murder. For 10...

Preliminary 3.3 magnitude quake jolts South Carolina

May. 09, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered just northeast of South Carolina's capital city jolted large numbers of state residents awake early Monday, rocking the Southern state at a preliminary 3.3 magnitude, authorities said. There were no immediate...

University of Missouri proposes discipline for 13 students

May. 05, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has proposed disciplinary sanctions against 13 students as part of its investigation into an October fraternity pledge party that left a student from Minnesota with brain injuries. Federal student privacy law keeps the school from...

$61 million in refunds for customers in SC nuclear debacle

May. 04, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge has approved a second round of refunds for customers of a utility that poured billions of dollars into two nuclear power plants that never produced a watt of power. About $61 million is being set aside for Dominion Energy South Carolina...

No charges for 2 Columbia officers who shot man outside club

May. 03, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two Columbia police officers will not face charges after a fatal shooting outside a lounge last year, a special prosecutor announced Tuesday. Quillan Jacobs died after officers shot him outside the Vibez Lounge on Nov. 14. Police said Jacobs and...

Columbia cancels its massive New Year's Eve street party

May. 01, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A New Year's Eve street party in South Carolina's capital city won't be held again, organizers said. Columbia's Famously Hot New Year started ambitiously in 2011 to give the city a way to party and celebrate. The party took place virtually in...