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July 23, 1744 - War declared in Charleston against France

On this side of the Atlantic, the War of Austrian Secession was called King George's War and took place between 1744 and 1748. For South Carolinians, who were already concerned with attacks from the Spanish, France's entry into the war as Spain's … more

Health care workers find a rhythm (for now) amid pandemic

By ISABELLA CUETO The State LEXINGTON - Mid-morning on June 16, Dr. Philip Keith squats by the bedside of one of his severely ill COVID-19 patients, and he is pleased with what he sees. Two days earlier, his patient needed a ventilator to … more

Man shot in back of head by S.C. cop sues department

COLUMBIA — A Black man who was shot in the back of the head during a traffic stop in South Carolina last fall is suing the Columbia Police Department, the city and the officer. Attorneys for … more

S.C. expert says state mask rule needed as COVID-19 continues to spread across state

COLUMBIA - More South Carolina cities are passing their own rules requiring masks as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the state. As Clemson and Charleston join Greenville and Columbia in requiring everyone to wear masks in grocery stores and … more

Once reluctant, GOP's only Black senator now leads on race

WASHINGTON - When he first ran for office in 1994, they scrawled the N-word on his lawn signs. By the time he came to Congress, he had to unplug the phone lines because callers brought the staff to tears. Even after he became a U.S. senator, the … more

Greenville passes state's 1st mask requirement

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Charleston votes to remove 1898 statue of slavery advocate

CHARLESTON - Officials in the historic South Carolina city of Charleston voted unanimously Tuesday to remove a statue of former vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calhoun from a downtown square, the latest in a wave of actions arising from … more

More virus cases linked to travel from W. Virginia to Myrtle Beach

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Duke Energy announces additional help for customers during pandemic

FROM STAFF REPORTS Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are adding steps to help customers who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These steps build on actions both service providers offered customers at the … more

S.C. approved to implement online food purchasing with SNAP benefits

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As hospitality industry grows, so do new coronavirus numbers

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's hard-hit hospitality industry in May clawed back some of the jobs lost amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as businesses across the state continue to reopen - … more

USC asks S.C. Legislature to change residence hall name

COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of South Carolina is joining Clemson University in asking the South Carolina Legislature to change the name of a building that honors a gynecologist who conducted experiments on female slaves. If trustees agree on … more

Columbia puts statue in storage

COLUMBIA (AP) - The first city in the United States named for Christopher Columbus has removed a statue of the explorer and placed it in storage for safekeeping after it was vandalized several times in a week. Workers in Columbia, South Carolina, … more

S.C. reopens bowling alleys; cases spike

COLUMBIA - Bowling alleys can now reopen in South Carolina after being closed for nearly three months to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, even though the state's COVID-19 caseload is seeing its biggest increases since the pandemic … more

Clemson drops pro-slavery Calhoun's name from honors program

COLUMBIA (AP) — Clemson University trustees voted Friday to rename its honors college, stripping from the program the name of former vice president and slavery proponent John C. Calhoun.The … more

S.C. reopens bowling alleys as COVID-19 spread accelerates

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Death sought in Florence police ambush, suspect insults prosecutor

COLUMBIA (AP) — Officials will seek the death penalty against a South Carolina man charged with shooting seven police officers in an ambush, killing two of them, a prosecutor announced Thursday … more

Scott's challenge: Uniting Senate GOP behind police overhaul

WASHINGTON - The GOP is looking for an answer on how to respond to national outrage over the police killing of George Floyd. And they are looking to Sen. Tim Scott to provide it. The question is whether Scott, the lone black GOP senator, will be … more

Thursday had most S.C. virus cases in a day

COLUMBIA - South Carolina educators talked Thursday about how schools can prepare to have students return in about two months amid the COVID-19 pandemic even as nearly all indicators about the disease's spread in South Carolina are going up. The … more

Virus chief 'more concerned' about virus now than ever

COLUMBIA - The top South Carolina health official overseeing efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the state said Wednesday that she's worried a lack of social distancing and adherence to other preventative measures are hampering efforts to … more
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