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A review of hundreds of pieces of legislation across the United States shows that Republican legislators in more than half of the states are taking away the powers state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases.

The death brings the total number of Missouri children younger than 18 who have died from COVID-19 to six, according to state health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

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Investigators ask those with information about where the escaped inmate is to call the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 573-545-3525 or 573-471-3530, the Chaffee Police Department at 573-887-6911 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E Headquarters at 573-840-9500.

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Witnesses told first responders the man was not a strong swimmer, and others in the group jumped into the water to try to save him, but couldn’t find him in the water. Rescue crews found his body around 9 p.m.