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Masks, shields and spread out jurors as trials resume in S.C.

LAURENS (AP) - The first trial in a South Carolina courtroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began included spread out jurors, a glass shield around the witness stand and bailiffs reminding everyone that masks are required. The murder trial started … more

Duke Energy encourages Carolinas customers to prepare for Hurricane Isaias amid coronavirus pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With North Carolina and South Carolina possibly in the path of Hurricane Isaias, Duke Energy is preparing for potential power outages and encouraging customers to do the … more

Prisma Health continues to raise community awareness about shared responsibility, importance of COVID-19 precautions with a team member T-shirt campaign

GREENVILLE -- Prisma Health is at the center of caring for many of South Carolina’s COVID-19 patients. As of July 31, the hospital system has cared for more than 2,138 COVID-19 inpatients and … more

S.C. State Fair to transform into free drive-through

Two twists have been announced for this year's South Carolina State Fair. In an effort to give back to the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit fair will be free this year when it runs Oct. 20-21. In an effort to maintain … more

COVID-19 means virtual school booms in S.C.'s largest district

COLUMBIA - About a third of the students in South Carolina's largest school district don't plan to attend school in person next school year, taking advantage of a robust online program offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 23,000 of the … more

Officials urge caution after residents receive mystery seeds in mail

CLEMSON - State agriculture officials are warning South Carolinians to be wary of unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them.The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University's Regulatory Services division are working together to … more

Bishopville's Wheeler on new state House group studying law enforcement

COLUMBIA (AP) - A special South Carolina House committee reviewing all facets of law enforcement from police tactics to forfeiture and sentencing reform is about to meet for the first time. The 18-member House Equitable Justice System and Law … more

S.C. budget has surplus despite shutdown from coronavirus

COLUMBIA - South Carolina appears to be finishing last budget year with a little extra money in its bank accounts even after the economic shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economists who predict the state budget said Thursday. The final … more

Officials: School plans uncertain, but nothing like spring semester

COLUMBIA - State and local education officials are still trying to determine how to return South Carolina students to school in several weeks - whether in person or online - as COVID-19 cases spike across the state. And for younger students, … more

Judge blocks McMaster's $32 million plan for private schools

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina state judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a plan announced by Gov. Henry McMaster earlier this week to direct $32 million in pandemic relief funds for … more

S.C. lawmaker: Move a Confederate monument and lose state money

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina lawmaker said he will try to get a proposal into the state budget that would stop giving state money to a city or county that removes a historical monument without the General Assembly's permission. Rep. Bill Taylor … more

McMaster directs $32M in pandemic aid to private schools

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State sees record of 69 COVID-19 deaths, Charleston asks for prayer

COLUMBIA - On the same day South Carolina reported a record 69 COVID-19 deaths, the mayor of Charleston asked for spiritual help for people who died in the pandemic, people fighting the virus and their families. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg … more

Scams targeting utility customers rising during COVID-19 pandemic

SUBMITTED CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Scams targeting electric and natural gas customers are on the rise, with imposters implementing new tactics during the COVID-19 pandemic to trick utility customers out of money and personal information. June 2020 … more

McMaster, SC educators at odds over reopening schools

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Legal change could be slow for controversial S.C. memorials

CHARLESTON - For 17 hours, crowds of Charlestonians waited for the John C. Calhoun statue to be removed from its 115-foot-high perch in Marion Square. Many stayed through the night and into a sun-drenched day because they felt it was a historic … more

South Carolina man charged with pointing gun at protesters

COLUMBIA (AP) — Police in South Carolina have arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at some "Black Lives Matter" demonstrators as he drove past the State House. Authorities said Walter Peter … more

SC inmate found hanging; authorities say possible suicide

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say they're investigating the death of a state inmate serving a 200-year sentence in connection with multiple rapes as a possible … more

S.C. HBCUs including Morris get $2.4M to boost distance learning

COLUMBIA (AP) - The eight historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina are getting more than $2 million for technology upgrades, part of emergency relief parceled out from a federal funding package related to the coronavirus … more

S.C. will pay postage for all mail-in ballots in November

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina State Elections Commission has agreed to provide prepaid return postage for all absentee ballots by mail this November. The joint agreement, filed in federal court Wednesday, follows a lawsuit by individual … more
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