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AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors and leaders have initiated a Texas bill to allow nonprofits including churches to disclose credible but unproven sexual abuse allegations with no fear of civil liability.

ROCKFORD, Ala. (BP) -- A familiar face is temporarily missing at Rockford Baptist Church, but if she has her way, 9-year-old Avery Brekle will be back soon -- just as soon as she recovers from her recent kidney transplant.

ROACH, Missouri — Windermere Baptist Conference Center announced the hiring of Tim Huddleston as president and CEO on Feb. 15, following a unanimous vote by its board. He began his post at Windermere on March 1.

As the Southern Baptist Convention grapples with how to address sex abuse allegations, three other Baptist networks that split from it over the years have already taken steps to educate and assist their congregations should they face similar situations.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Paul Fisher, the leader of a North Carolina Baptist mission team repairing roofs in Puerto Rico, died Feb. 28 in a swimming accident near San Juan. He was 36.

SAINT LOUIS — The Missouri Baptist University Board of Trustees voted Feb. 28, 2019 to forego further appeals in the ongoing litigation related to the University’s governance following a Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the Missouri Baptist Convention on Feb. 19.

IRONTON, Mo. — The Baptist Home board unanimously voted February 26, 2019 to cease further appeals in the 17-year civil case over the issue of governance. The board action to not appeal ends one of the longest civil cases in Missouri jurisprudence.

NASHVILLE (BP) -- After a workgroup of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee released a statement Feb. 23 on 10 churches noted by SBC President J.D. Greear in a report on sexual abuse, Baptist Press attempted to contact the churches for their response.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Jayson Albers, who grew up in a Baptist church, made a living for a long time as an opening shift supervisor for Ryan's steakhouse. Then life came crashing down -- his wife and son died in an accident. One thing led to another and Albers started living in a tent in 2000 near the railroad tracks in Birmingham.

On Feb. 19, a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District ruled unanimously for the Missouri Baptist Convention in its more than 16-year legal battle that trustees of Missouri Baptist University and The Baptist Home did not have the authority to move to self-perpetuating status and should be elected by the MBC.