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Wrongful death suits filed in Lee County prison riot that killed 7

COLUMBIA (AP) — Two federal lawsuits filed Tuesday claim South Carolina corrections officials violated prisoners' constitutional rights by failing to prevent a riot in which seven inmates were … more

New USC leader visits Columbia to speak to students, staff after vote

COLUMBIA - Retired Army Gen. Bob Caslen said Monday he has learned he needs to listen more and communicate his ideas better as he moves into the civilian world to lead the University of South Carolina. A divided Board of Trustees selected Caslen … more

S.C. deputy accused of abusing wife several times

SPARTANBURG (AP) - South Carolina police said a deputy is accused of repeatedly abusing his wife, who he allegedly body-slammed onto the ground when she was pregnant. News outlets reported Donald Douglass Ross Jr. was arrested and charged with … more

USC trustees select Army general new president

COLUMBIA — University of South Carolina trustees have voted to hire a retired Army general as the school's president despite complaints from students, professors and donors. The Board of … more

Contracts signed to build new International African American museum in South Carolina

CHARLESTON (AP) - Crews are ready to start construction on a museum in South Carolina chronicling the history of African Americans built on the site where thousands of slaves first stepped on U.S. soil. The Charleston City Council on Tuesday … more

Tiny red-cockaded woodpeckers causing big stir in South Carolina

COLUMBIA - President Donald Trump's administration, which has pushed to roll back an array of environmental laws, is moving to reduce endangered species protection for a tiny bird that once faced extinction in South Carolina and neighboring … more

Craft malt movement adds 'Carolina flavor' to area breweries

By AMANDA HANCOCK Post and Courier CHARLESTON - At Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island, beers have been infused with basil, honey and watermelon, which are grown a few miles down the road. Among the lengths its owners have gone to source local … more

S.C. moves death row to new prison for 2nd time in 2 years

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's corrections chief has moved death row prisoners for the second time in two years, this time trying to answer concerns over inmate treatment raised in a federal lawsuit. In their new home, the 37 prisoners … more

WWII relic pulled from lake nearly ready for 2nd life

GREENWOOD - As more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on a half dozen French beaches during one of the largest military operations the world has ever known, recreation seekers on Lake Greenwood could have been mistaken for thinking that war had … more

Clemson and other universities work to improve cybersecurity

CLEMSON - This spring, a batch of tests were sent to 100 Clemson University faculty and staff emails in an attempt to access private and personal information. A fourth of the emails were blocked by the security system, and several additional … more

S.C. agency says no to coastal seismic testing

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina environmental officials said a company's proposed seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean don't align with its coastal management policies. A Monday letter by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control … more

South Carolina Briefs: Man throws 13-year-old from car

COLUMBIA (AP) - Authorities say a man from Georgia came to South Carolina to have sex with a 13-year-old girl and threw her out of his vehicle while speeding away from police. Richland County … more

Santee Cooper gets new CEO at double the previous salary

COLUMBIA - As lawmakers debate if South Carolina's publicly owned utility should continue to exist, the board that runs the company voted Tuesday to hire a new leader and pay him double the salary of its last permanent director. Mark Bonsall … more

Department of Energy seeks to produce plutonium pits in S.C.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - As patriotic music played in the background, about 200 people listened to federal employees explain last week why the government wants to produce major nuclear weapons components at the … more

50-year-old woman drowns in ocean off Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH (AP) - Authorities say a 50-year-old woman has drowned in the ocean off a South Carolina beach. Myrtle Beach Police said officers and firefighters were called to the beach around 6:40 p.m. Sunday after someone reported a swimmer in … more

South Carolina's first black surgeon earns recognition

COLUMBIA - Dr. Burnett Gallman remembers getting treated by the first black surgeon in South Carolina when he was around 20. It was either 1968 or '69 and the now-gastroenterologist had received a second-degree burn on his hand while working at a … more

Democrat posts $1.5M in challenge to Sen. Graham

COLUMBIA - A top Democratic National Committee official raised $1.5 million in the most recent fundraising period in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Campaign officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jaime … more

Woman accused of sending 200 harassing messages

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina woman has been arrested for allegedly sending more than 200 harassing messages to someone via social media. News outlets report 50-year-old Kathryn Leigh Witt was charged with harassment Monday. South Carolina … more

This week in S.C. history: On July 27, 1848, Palmetto Regiment was celebrated

The Palmetto Regiment of Volunteers from South Carolina suffered heavy losses in the Mexican-American War but was the first regiment to lift its colors over Mexico City in 1847. When it formed in 1846, Pierce Mason Butler was elected colonel of the … more

S.C. briefs: June 30, 2019

State lawmakers reject veto, agree to sink surplus submarine COLUMBIA - South Carolina legislators have reaffirmed their decision to sink the USS Clamagore, a submarine that's been floating in Charleston Harbor for 40 years. The Post and … more
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