Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press

Summer Ballentine

The Associated Press

Jefferson City, MO, United States

Contact Summer

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

Recent:
  • Unknown
Past:
  • ABC News
  • Los Angeles Times
  • FOX Baltimore
  • KRCG 13
  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • FOX 5 Atlanta
  • WRAL NEWS in NC
  • FOX 8 New Orleans
  • wave3news
  • WEAU 13 News
  • and more…

Past articles by Summer:

Missouri lawmakers ban gender-affirming care, trans athletes; Kansas City moves to defy state

Transgender minors in Missouri won't have access to puberty blockers, hormones or surgery under newly passed legislation → Read More

ACLU sues amid Missouri GOP spat over abortion measure cost

The Missouri ACLU is suing the state attorney general and other statewide officials for stonewalling a constitutional amendment to restore abortion rights → Read More

Judge blocks Missouri rule that would limit transgender care

A Missouri judge has blocked a unique rule that would restrict access to gender-affirming healthcare for children and adults. → Read More

Judge blocks Missouri rule that would limit transgender care

A Missouri judge has blocked a unique rule that would restrict access to gender-affirming health care to children and adults → Read More

When states limit care, some trans people do it themselves

Transgender and non-binary Missourians are turning to do-it-yourself treatments as Republicans across the nation move to restrict gender-affirming health care → Read More

Judge puts Missouri rule limiting transgender care on hold

A Missouri judge has temporarily halted a first-of-its-kind rule restricting access to gender-affirming health care just hours before it was set to take effect → Read More

Unconstitutional: Judge strikes Mo. law that kept police from enforcing federal gun laws

A Missouri law banning local police from enforcing federal gun laws is unconstitutional and void, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. → Read More

Missouri House votes against limits on kids carrying guns

Missouri’s Republican-led House on Wednesday voted against banning minors from openly carrying firearms on public land without adult supervision.The proposal to → Read More

Missouri proposal goes farther than 'Don't Say Gay' bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — K-12 public school teachers and counselors would be largely outlawed from talking about LGBTQ people under a Missouri proposal more restrictive than what critics call Florid... → Read More

Gov. Parson calls for over $800 million to improve I-70

Gov. Mike Parson called on state lawmakers to set aside nearly $860 million to widen and improve traffic flow on Interstate 70. → Read More

Missouri GOP focused on raising bar to change Constitution

Top priorities in the legislative session that begins Wednesday will be making it harder to amend Missouri’s Constitution, sports betting, and education issues → Read More

New Missouri treasurer first person of color in state office

GOP Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday named Vivek Malek state treasurer, making him the first nonwhite statewide official in Missouri history.Malek, a 45-year-old imm → Read More

Cole County judge rules Hawley-led Attorney General's office broke record laws on purpose

A Missouri judge ruled that a state agency previously led by Republican Josh Hawley broke public record laws on purpose to help his U.S. Senate campaign.Cole Co → Read More

Schmitt, Valentine meet for the first time at the Missouri State Fair

Missouri’s Republican and Democratic U. S. → Read More

Missouri voters set to weigh in on recreational marijuana

Missouri voters are set to decide whether to allow recreational marijuana use in the state. → Read More

Kansas City struggles with Missouri over police funding

Leaders in largely Democratic Kansas City, Missouri, don’t control the city’s police department, hire the police chief or determine how the department spends its tax dollars. A 1930s-era law gives that power to a five-member board largely appointed by the Missouri governor, who since 2017 has been a Republican. → Read More

Missouri's answer to abortion law questions: Don't ask us

The Parson administration's response to questions from Missouri hospitals, doctors and prosecutors about the state's new abortion ban is to tell people to read the law and otherwise leave it to prosecutors to interpret → Read More

Some Missouri hospitals briefly halt emergency contraception

A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state's abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the medication, even for sexual assault victims. → Read More

Federal investigators look into fatal Missouri Amtrak accident

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago Monday afternoon when it struck a dump truck and derailed at the crossing near Mendon. → Read More

Safety upgrades urged for site of Amtrak wreck that killed 4

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago Monday afternoon when it struck a dump truck and derailed at the crossing near Mendon. → Read More