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Witness signature order for South Carolina ballots is appealed

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Republican leaders and the state election commission are appealing a federal court order that struck down a requirement that voters get a witness to sign their absentee ballots in the coronavirus pandemic. Their appeal … more

S.C. health agency promises new leader by November

COLUMBIA (AP) - The leader of the board that directs South Carolina's health and environmental agency promised Wednesday to select a new director by November as senators questioned how the agency is handling its emergency powers during the COVID-19 … more

South Carolina approves 2nd round of federal COVID-19 aid

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers agreed Wednesday on how to spend the remaining $693 million in federal money meant to help pay for COVID-19 expenses. Most of the money - $420 million - will go to replenish the state's unemployment fund, … more

Sumter native goes from homeless to hero in Greenville with Sunday Dinners

GREENVILLE - Redd Martin spent years living on the streets, eating from trash cans and doing what he could to survive. His life began to change after he met a woman who introduced him to God. Today, he and that woman, now his wife, Cassandra … more

Judge nixes witness signature requirement on absentee ballots

COLUMBIA - A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in absentee ballots to be signed by witnesses for the upcoming November election, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District … more

S.C. justices reopen courtroom with school funding lawsuit

COLUMBIA (AP) - Meeting in person for oral arguments for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday over whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in … more

McMaster signs into law COVID-19 election rules

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Wednesday changes in South Carolina voting rules allowing anyone to cast an absentee ballot without a reason in November's general election to help fight the spread of … more

Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now

COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that … more

South Carolina Senate OKs teacher raises, hazard pay; Now, on to the House

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Senate passed changes Tuesday to the state budget that would provide a small raise to most teachers and a hazard pay bonus for some lower-paid state … more

S.C. courts reopen with pandemic adjustments

COLUMBIA (AP) - Six months after shutting down South Carolina's court system in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the state's top jurist now says courts may resume in-person operations with considerations for trying to … more

South Carolina Senate OKs teacher raises, hazard pay

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Senate passed changes Tuesday to the state budget that would provide a small raise to most teachers and a hazard pay bonus for some lower-paid state workers. Now attention turns to the House, where leaders may prefer … more

No-excuse absentee bill is headed to governor's desk

COLUMBIA - The first day of the South Carolina Legislature's two-week special session to wrap up ends left loose by the COVID-19 pandemic was marked by two groups advocating for constitutional rights at the capitol building: One urging legislators … more

S.C. lieutenant governor contracts coronavirus

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday and is recovering in isolation with her family at home, officials said. Evette had a sore throat and headache Thursday and was tested for the virus. She has … more

S.C. public health officials roll out vaccine system upgrade

COLUMBIA (AP) - As officials make plans for the future dissemination of a coronavirus vaccine, South Carolina's public health department is rolling out a new network to help manage all of the state's vaccine-related information. In a release … more

After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years will … more

S.C. names new chief medical officer for COVID-19 response

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's public health director appeared to be on her way to a new job in Ohio before abruptly withdrawing. Now she won't be keeping her job in the Palmetto State, either. Joan Duwve took on the role at the South Carolina … more

Citadel board chairman leaves under pressure by S.C. senator

COLUMBIA (AP) - The chairman of the board that helps run South Carolina's military college is stepping down after 13 years after a lawmaker threatened to introduce a bill that would have kicked him out of office. State Sen. Stephen Goldfinch was … more

Graham says he helped orchestrate interviews

COLUMBIA (AP) - Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump's top congressional allies, is denouncing an implication floated by a Fox News personality that he intended to sabotage the president by setting up a series of revelatory interviews … more

S.C. public health director not headed to Ohio for job

WEST COLUMBIA - Less than six hours after one of South Carolina's top health officials was reported to be leaving to head Ohio's health department, the governor of Ohio said she was withdrawing her name from consideration. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine … more

Charleston sues Big Oil for climate change adaptation costs

COLUMBIA (AP) — Charleston is now the first city in the American South to sue major oil companies in an attempt to hold them accountable for the "daunting" costs of climate change, city … more
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