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Expect more noise as 169th Fighter Wing plans training in different areas over S.C.

McENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE (AP) - Officials with the South Carolina Air National Guard say some areas of central South Carolina may hear the base's jets more than usual. Some of the airspace the guard's 169th Fighter Wing traditionally … more

S.C. colleges get creative with commencement amid outbreak

COLUMBIA (AP) — As schools across the nation turn to distance learning amid the new coronavirus outbreak, institutions of higher learning throughout South Carolina are coming up with a variety … more

Industry scrambles to stop fatal bird flu in South Carolina

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An infectious and fatal strain of bird flu has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in South Carolina, the first case of the more serious strain of the disease in … more

Columbia mayor: Governor creating headaches with special waivers

COLUMBIA (AP) — Expressing frustration that police officers - charged with enforcing Gov. Henry McMaster's stay-at-home order during the coronavirus outbreak - are not being told which … more

Economists estimate SC to lose $1B in revenue from COVID-19

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The best estimate at the moment is South Carolina's budget will lose more than $1 billion estimated to be in next year's budget because of the coronavirus.Predictions in … more

Police: 19-year-old fatally shot while learning to clean gun

GOOSE CREEK (AP) — A 19-year-old in South Carolina was shot and killed Tuesday night by someone who was cleaning a loaded gun, police said.Goose Creek police responded to an apartment building … more

State announces 12 deaths Wednesday as Santee Cooper roadblock stops SC Legislature spending plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Legislature's attempt to meet as quickly as possible Wednesday to assure the state can keep operating while they stay out of session and safe from the … more

S.C. Legislature tries to meet quickly as COVID-19 spreads

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's Legislature is trying to meet as quickly and safely as possible Wednesday to assure they can come back after the peak of the coronavirus and figure out the … more

S.C. inmate gets COVID-19, burning ban begins today

COLUMBIA (AP) - An inmate in a local jail in South Carolina has tested positive for COVID-19, leading officials to isolate the nearly three dozen inmates in his housing unit. The inmate in the Charleston County jail appears to be the first inmate … more

Mandatory legislator quarantine sought after SC session

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker is seeking a "mandatory quarantine at home" for all state legislators following this week's special session amid the coronavirus … more

Some Democrats say SC Legislature meeting is unsafe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are coming back to the Statehouse for a day next week, but not everyone is happy the Republican dominated House and Senate will be in session as … more

S.C. governor directs officials to release virus cases by ZIP code

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has directed South Carolina's health department to begin publicly disclosing confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code, a level of information specificity … more

Sumter may see almost 600 cases of virus by May

Michelle Logan-Owens has seen a lot in her medical career in Sumter. This coronavirus is different. Joining Tuomey Hospital 27 years ago and becoming CEO in 2015, since she took the helm the hospital has been through the 1,000-year flood that … more

S.C. will give 1st responders virus data to keep them safe

COLUMBIA - South Carolina public health officials are creating a statewide database of addresses of known positive COVID-19 cases, a secure tool only made available to first responders who have argued the information could help protect … more

S.C. officials defend limited data release as COVID-19 spreads

COLUMBIA - As businesses considered nonessential close across South Carolina to fight the coronavirus, state health officials are coming under increased scrutiny about information it isn't gathering or releasing about the spread of the virus. For … more

S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs warns of coronavirus scams

SUBMITTED BY S.C. DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRSCOLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for coronavirus scams. No … more

A Q&A about filing for unemployment in South Carolina during COVID-19

With the number of people applying for unemployment rising daily, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce offers the following questions and answers:   Q. If someone can’t … more

S.C. cities defy state on restrictions as virus cases rise

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor is aiming to protect first responders during the new coronavirus outbreak, ordering that anyone calling 911 be asked if anyone near them has … more

S.C. health chief takes medical leave amid virus outbreak; Rep. Cunningham has virus

COLUMBIA (AP) — The chief of South Carolina's public health agency is taking temporary medical leave to combat high blood pressure, an absence officials said would not affect response to the … more

State parks close for 2 days to retool to fight virus

COLUMBIA - All state parks in South Carolina are closing Wednesday and Thursday as officials figure out and implement new policies to help control the spread of the coronavirus. Most of the 47 state parks across South Carolina were busier than … more
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