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      South Carolina DSS director resigns

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The embattled director of South Carolina's Department of Social Services has resigned, a day before senators planned to take up a no-confidence resolution on her leadership.

      Gov. Nikki Haley's office says she accepted Lillian Koller's resignation Monday. Koller's letter said it's become increasingly apparent that she's causing a distraction that's making it more difficult for DSS to continue improvements made at the agency during her tenure.

      Her resignation comes a day before the Senate was expected to debate a bi-partisan measure saying the agency under Koller's leadership has failed to protect the state's abused and neglected children. Also this week, Koller was to testify a third time before a Senate panel investigating problems at the agency.

      Haley has repeatedly backed Koller, despite calls for her ousting.