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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

3 inmates die in a week span after positive COVID results

COLUMBIA (AP) — Three inmates at a South Carolina prison have died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the death toll at the facility up to five, officials said. Broad River … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Sept. 8 Vision test for S.C. driver's license renewals returns One of the craziest things the S.C. Legislature ever did - and yes, we realize that's a high bar - … more

South Carolina public health director heads to Ohio

WEST COLUMBIA - One of South Carolina's top health officials is leaving for Ohio, less than five months into the job helping to direct the Palmetto State's coronavirus pandemic response. Joan Duwve, who joined South Carolina's Department of … more

South Carolina public health director no longer headed to Ohio

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 … more

Teacher deaths raise alarms as new school year begins

O'FALLON, Mo. - Teachers in at least three states have died after bouts with the coronavirus since the dawn of the new school year, and a teachers' union leader worries that the return to in-person classes will have a deadly impact across the U.S. … more

Teacher raises, COVID-19 hazard pay head to the S.C. Senate floor

COLUMBIA - A small raise for teachers and a hazard pay bonus for many state employees who couldn't work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic are in the spending plan heading to the South Carolina Senate floor next week. Even if the Senate … more

Teacher raises back on table as S.C. senators return for special session

COLUMBIA - South Carolina senators will likely consider whether to restore the annual raises most teachers get each year to the state budget when they return to Columbia next week for a special session amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate … more

Boeing discovers new problem with 787 that will delay deliveries

Inspections triggered by production flaws in Boeing's 787 jetliner are further slowing deliveries of the two-aisle planes, compounding Boeing's struggle to recover from the grounding of its 737 Max and the coronavirus pandemic. Boeing said … more

Committee challenging Sen. Graham about his offshore drilling stance

COLUMBIA - Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust U.S. … more
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