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South Carolina groups say school mask mandate ban is disrupting kids' learning

COLUMBIA - As the South Carolina Supreme Court considers the legality of a state rule that effectively bans masks in most schools, health care workers and educators are renewing calls for state lawmakers to repeal the provision … more

Consultants sued over 2018 deaths of women in sheriff's van

The estates of two South Carolina women who drowned while locked in the back of a sheriff's department van during Hurricane Florence have filed lawsuits alleging negligence by a company that created … more

Shooting in South Carolina town leaves 1 dead, 7 others hurt

YEMASSEE (AP) — Police were searching for suspects after a shooting left one person dead and seven others injured — including several children — in the small town of Yemassee.The … more

Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival returns Oct. 8-10

FROM STAFF REPORTS WEST COLUMBIA - Can't wait to get started on fall gardening? Get ready for the Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, on Oct. 8-10. Visitors can … more

Solicitor: Man shot by trooper used stun gun in fatal fight

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina man killed by a state trooper last week after running away from a traffic stop took control of the officer's stun gun before the fatal shot, prosecutors said. The trooper shot Tristan Vereen once in the chest … more

Lawyer Murdaugh exits jail after $10M insurance fraud arrest

COLUMBIA — Instead of a suit and tie, lawyer Alex Murdaugh found himself in a jail jumpsuit Thursday in a cramped South Carolina courtroom, struggling to wipe tears from his eyes with … more

S.C. reaches 50% vaccination rate as COVID-19 cases dip

COLUMBIA - Half of all South Carolinians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully inoculated, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday. The benchmark puts the state closer to a 70 to 80% vaccination goal, … more

S.C. senate plans October special session; masks not on agenda

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina senators plan to return to the Statehouse next month for a special session on spending federal COVID-19 relief money and redistricting.But one thing not on the … more

Murdaugh surrenders to face charges in $10M insurance fraud

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawyer Alex Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to face insurance fraud and other charges after state police said he arranged to have himself shot in the head so that his son … more

Lawyer says Murdaugh to turn himself in on insurance fraud

COLUMBIA — A prominent South Carolina lawyer who found the bodies of his wife and son three months ago plans to turn himself in to face charges in a plot to arrange his own death that ended … more

South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation.That's the argument made in … more

Ex-Trump voting battle adviser set for S.C. forum

A GOP lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump in his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results and the lawmaker leading Republicans' efforts to win back a Senate majority, are among speakers planned for a South Carolina gathering … more

Police: Lawyer Murdaugh arranged own death but shot grazed

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A prominent South Carolina lawyer who found the bodies of his wife and son three months ago tried to arrange his own death earlier this month so his son would get a $10 million … more

2nd largest S.C. school district to enforce mask requirement for its 48K students

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's second-largest school district plans to begin enforcing its requirement that everyone in the building wear masks. The Charleston County School Board voted Monday to use federal money to enforce its mask requirement for … more

Missing law firm money is 5th investigation into Murdaughs

COLUMBIA (AP) - State police have officially opened an investigation into missing money that a law firm said was taken by an attorney from a prominent South Carolina legal family whose wife and son were killed at their home three months … more

Program offers money to build recreational trails in S.C.

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina agency is taking applications for federal grants to help pay for trails for hiking and other activities. The Recreational Trails Program provides money to create and maintain the trails. Recipients have to pay for … more

S.C. Republicans vow vaccine order fight

COLUMBIA — Republicans in the South Carolina House plan to meet as soon as they can to figure out how to fight back against President Joe Biden's order that all larger businesses require their … more

20 democratic AGs back suit challenging new S.C. abortion law

Twenty Democratic attorneys general have voiced their support for a lawsuit challenging South Carolina's new abortion law, arguing that the restrictive measure could harm their states by taxing resources if women cross borders to seek care. "The … more

Roof seeks rehearing on Charleston church shooting conviction

Dylann Roof has filed the next step in his federal appeal, challenging a court's confirmation of his conviction and death sentence for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. In a petition filed Wednesday … more

South Carolina cities OK emergency mask rules again

COLUMBIA (AP) - Some South Carolina cities are bringing back indoor mask requirements as this summer's COVID-19 outbreak in the state rivals the height of the pandemic last winter before vaccines were widely available. Three Midlands cities - … more
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