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Mizzou full of optimism with new QB, defensive coordinator

Aug. 16, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz is on his third defensive coordinator in three years at Missouri, and the Tigers are about to start their fifth different quarterback in the season opener in the last five years. Sounds like a program that should be on shaky ground....

Judge revokes bond for Alex Murdaugh associate Smith

Aug. 11, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge revoked house arrest Thursday for the man authorities say agreed to kill disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh so he could get a life insurance settlement for Murdaugh's son but ended up just grazing his head with a bullet. The decision by...

Sheriff: Man's plan to ambush officers thwarted by training

Aug. 09, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 25-year-old man with a hand-drawn map that included “dead pigs” written at the bottom tried to ambush deputies from his home but his plan was stopped when the deputies followed training and got out of the firing zone, a South Carolina sheriff. One deputy...

Missouri voters set to weigh in on recreational marijuana

Aug. 09, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri gathered enough signatures to make it on the November ballot, Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced Tuesday. If voters approve the constitutional amendment on marijuana, those age 21 and...

Labor Party argues whether to put candidates on SC ballot

Aug. 05, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina election officials are putting the names of Labor Party candidates for governor and U.S. House on November's ballots despite a request from one of the party's leaders to keep them off. One co-chair of the Labor Party sent a letter to the South...

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee's primary elections

Aug. 05, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s primary elections were held Thursday to determine party nominees for governor, Congress and state legislative seats. A handful of ballot initiatives and district attorney races were also on the ballot in some counties, as well as Supreme Court...

Lawsuit: Unsanitary conditions killed man in SC jail

Aug. 03, 2022 13:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Unsanitary conditions and staff negligence caused the death of a 27-year-old man in a South Carolina jail earlier this year, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. Richland County officials sent Lason Butler — who displayed “erratic behavior” — to...

Missouri AG Schmitt beats Greitens in GOP Senate primary

Aug. 03, 2022 00:53 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday with surprising ease, ending months of worry among GOP leaders that scandal-scarred former Gov. Eric Greitens might win the primary and jeopardize what should be a reliably red seat...

Man leaves S Carolina death row as firing squad trial starts

Aug. 01, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina inmate who killed four people in two states is off death row after a federal appeals court ruled the judge who sentenced him to die nearly two decades ago did not consider his abusive childhood or mental illness. The ruling last week means the...

Cunningham picks former fighter pilot as SC gov running mate

Aug. 01, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Cunningham has chosen Tally Parham Casey, a civil litigator who flew fighter jets during three combat tours over Iraq, to be his running mate in his quest to become South Carolina's first Democratic governor in 20 years. “She’s one of the most...