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Lawsuit: Police drew gun on driver whose headlights were off

CHARLESTON (AP) - An officer drew a gun on a young Black driver whose only infraction was driving with his headlights off, according to a lawsuit filed against a South Carolina town and its police department. Noah West was headed to a fast-food … more

S.C. taps interim public health director for permanent post

COLUMBIA (AP) — Dr. Brannon Traxler, a familiar face to many South Carolinians following the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, will become the state's next public health … more

S.C. House adds African American documents to college course

The South Carolina House approved a bill Thursday that would revise a required college course on America's founding that hasn't been changed since 1924.The bill passed 91-12 on Thursday after … more

S.C. Republicans give expanding voting a brief hearing

COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill in South Carolina that would greatly expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the … more

South Carolina sued by private schools

COLUMBIA (AP) - A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice … more

Soldier charged after video of confrontation with Black man

COLUMBIA (AP) — A white non-commissioned Army officer depicted in a viral video accosting and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood has been charged with third-degree … more

Army probing video of Black man harassed by soldier

COLUMBIA  (AP) — Officials at U.S. Army's largest basic training facility say they are looking into a video that appears to show a non-commissioned officer accosting and shoving a Black … more

S.C. House passes April 26 deadline for in-person classes

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina House on Wednesday passed a proposal to require all schools in the state to offer in-person classes five days a week starting the last week in April and … more

Ex-officer appeals 20-year sentence for killing Black man in Charleston

COLUMBIA (AP) - A former South Carolina police officer serving 20 years in prison for killing an unarmed Black man who was running away from a traffic stop said his lawyer never told him about a plea offer from prosecutors that could have cut years … more

S.C. uses Volkswagen emissions settlement for new school buses

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina is spending $24 million from a legal settlement over emissions with Volkswagen on more than 200 new buses that run on propane.The new buses will put the state on … more

Democrat says registration key to ousting Sen. Scott

COLUMBIA - More than a year and a half ahead of the 2022 general election, a Democratic state lawmaker is mounting a bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, saying her campaign - with the aim of registering 150,000 new voters across South … more

Prisma abandons plan to buy 3 more S.C. hospitals

South Carolina's largest hospital system will not be buying three more hospitals, with Prisma Health announcing Friday that it was giving up the plans after an unfavorable court ruling and questions about whether the deal would give Prisma a … more

USDA reopens program sign-up to larger share of producers with plans to expand outreach and new programming

FROM USDAWASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and … more

Haley says she'll back Trump, stand down if he runs in 2024

ORANGEBURG (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, often mentioned as a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, said Monday that she would not seek her party's … more

McMaster bans border kids from state foster, group homes

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's governor issued an order Monday to ban foster care and group homes in the state from taking in unaccompanied children found at the southern border of the … more

Surveyors confirm tornado after storms hit South Carolina

SENECA (AP) — The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that a weak tornado hit near Moore in upstate South Carolina on Saturday.Surveyors say the EF-O tornado had top winds of 80 mph (130 … more

Vigil honoring S.C. shooting victims draws hundreds

ROCK HILL (AP) — Hundreds gathered Sunday at the vigil for the prominent South Carolina physician, his wife and two of their grandchildren — all dead at the hands of former NFL player … more

SCDNR shares tips for dealing with black bears in South Carolina

With the onset of spring, black bears are emerging from dens. During this time, bears are looking for easy food located in the Coastal Plains and Piedmont areas of South Carolina.The S.C. Department of Natural Resources wants to remind South … more

Slain S.C. doctor wrote of faith, life's fragility

COLUMBIA - Robert Lesslie - the South Carolina physician and author who authorities say was killed, along with three family members and a repairman, by former NFL player Phillip Adams - frequently wrote of the fragility of life and a deep-seated … more

Open carry, hate crime bills clear deadline in S.C. Statehouse

COLUMBIA (AP) — Thursday marked a key deadline in the 2021 South Carolina General Assembly.It's called the crossover deadline. Bills that pass the House or the Senate after Thursday will need a … more
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