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Mom of 5 slain children sobs on stand at ex-husband's trial

COLUMBIA (AP) - The mother of five slain children fell into heaving sobs during the death penalty trial of her ex-husband. Amber Kyzer frequently wiped away tears during her hour of testimony Monday at the Lexington County Courthouse. When a … more

Democratic official gets party backing for Graham challenge

COLUMBIA (AP) - A top Democratic National Committee official got major party backing Thursday in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, support that brings with it the promise of help with fundraising and grassroots organizing … more

Officials: South Carolina school girl died of natural causes

WALTERBORO (AP) - A South Carolina prosecutor said Friday that the death of a fifth-grader at school last month was because of rupturing blood vessels caused by a birth defect and not a fight with another student. Solicitor Duffie Stone said at a … more

2020 Democratic candidates aim to bring messages into rural America

DENMARK - Deanna Miller Berry doesn't often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. "What is your plan to fix … more

Look out for manatees while boating, visiting the coast this summer

As manatees return to their summer haunts along the coast, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are reminding residents and visitors to be particularly alert while boating and to report … more

Mother of slain children asks jury to spare ex-husband's life

COLUMBIA (AP) - The mother of five children who were killed by their father stunned a South Carolina courtroom Tuesday by asking the jury to spare her ex-husband's life. "He did not show my children any mercy by any means. But my kids loved him, … more

Florence coffee shop also becomes a coffee roaster

FLORENCE - An above-average coffee experience; that's what Jeff Felten and Tommy Bolger set out to do when they started Batch Nine Coffee Co. "It's kind of a personal thing that we believe that your coffee doesn't have to be average," Felten … more

Education overhaul, Uber safety make S.C. Legislature deadline

COLUMBIA (AP) - A bill that would overhaul the state education system and another to improve ride share safety have made an important deadline in the South Carolina General Assembly. Wednesday's crossover deadline says a bill must pass either the … more

Manning mother charged with homicide by child abuse

MANNING — A 21-year-old Manning woman was arrested Thursday on charges of murder/homicide by child abuse by agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, according to documents released … more

Year after riot, officials claim improvements at Lee prison

BISHOPVILLE - A year after seven South Carolina prison inmates died in an insurrection, corrections officials say they've made improvements to the facility that for a night was the scene of some of the agency's worst violence. Reporters were … more

S.C. may use firing squad as alternative execution method

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would add firing squads to the state's existing execution methods. The House Criminal Laws subcommittee on Thursday approved a Senate proposal that also changes South … more

Gov. McMaster: 'Fritz' Hollings was 'among the best of us'

COLUMBIA - Friends, colleagues and longtime admirers remembered Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings on Monday as a hard-working campaigner and representative who served South Carolina, in one way or another, for 50 years. More than 100 mourners filed past … more

Shoes that fell off freighter in 2018 could hit beaches

CHARLESTON - Looking to score a nice new set of flip flops or running shoes this summer? Head to the beach. Scrape off the barnacles. Wipe off the slime. These beauties could be right off the boat - the Maersk Shanghai that lost containers full … more

Mercy or death? Jury takes up dad's fate for killing 5 kids

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina father convicted of killing his five young children should die for the murders because he made them suffer in a carefully thought out plan to avoid prison, prosecutors said Thursday. But a lawyer for Timothy Jones Jr. … more

Session ends: Ridesharing safety, dozens of other bills pass

COLUMBIA.(AP) — Dozens of bills passed the South Carolina House and Senate before the regular session was gaveled to a close Thursday, though key issues such as education reform and management of … more

Atlanta will be the home of rare Civil War flag of black soldiers

ATLANTA - "We Will Prove Ourselves Men" reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of … more

Curious case of statuette that walked away from Spartanburg City Hall

SPARTANBURG - A mystery is brewing at Spartanburg City Hall, and at the center is a decades-old gift from Greece. City Planner Natalia Rosario has teamed up with Brad Steinecke, the assistant director of local history for Spartanburg County … more

McMaster names head of child welfare agency

COLUMBIA - Gov. Henry McMaster capped a nationwide search by appointing a veteran of Tennessee's child welfare agency on Wednesday to head South Carolina's counterpart. McMaster announced the appointment of Michael Leach to head South Carolina's … more

Emotional eulogies highlight funeral of Hollings

CHARLESTON (AP) - As a college student fighting for racial equality in the early 1960s, Jim Clyburn was invited to the office of then-Gov. Fritz Hollings in an attempt to assuage racial tensions bubbling on the campus of South Carolina State … more

Candidates counter Biden's electability argument

COLUMBIA - On stage before a throng of party faithful in a key early primary state, Joe Biden's leading rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sought Saturday to undercut the former vice president's argument that he's the ideal … more
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