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S.C. AG asks court to rule on monument protection law

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has asked the state's Supreme Court to determine whether the state's monument protection law is constitutional. Wilson's letter Thursday calls on the court to weigh in on a lawsuit filed … more

'Impossible': School boards are at heart of reopening debate

ROCK HILL - Helena Miller listened to teachers, terrified to reenter classrooms, and parents, exhausted from trying to make virtual learning work at home. She heard from school officials who spent hundreds of hours on thousands of details - buses, … more

S.C. authorities: Inmate used cellphone to order violent crimes

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina inmate imprisoned on armed robbery and burglary charges used a cellphone to order violent crimes on multiple people from inside prison and now faces new charges, authorities said Tuesday. Harvester Jackson, … more

S.C. businessman launches conservative PAC

COLUMBIA - John Warren, the businessman who nearly bested South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster for the GOP nomination two years ago, is launching a political action committee that could ultimately serve as the springboard for another effort to … more

On Aug. 18, 1920, Nineteenth Amendment ratified

There were a number of women in South Carolina who were pleased when the amendment that gave women the right to vote was ratified by the U.S. Congress in August 1920. Even though the state legislature had soundly rejected the amendment in January of … more

Most S.C. schools to restart in person just a few days a week

COLUMBIA - Most school districts in South Carolina will not open their doors to students all five days a week when they start the new academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the governor demanded all schools offer a … more

McMaster wants public reporting of cases in schools

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is calling on the state health department to report any COVID-19 cases among students and staff in public schools. The Department of Health and Environmental Control should develop a process to … more

SC official regrets not voicing concerns with virus response

COLUMBIA — The doctor serving as South Carolina's state epidemiologist said she regrets not speaking out publicly about her concerns as the state reopened close-contact businesses during the … more

Unemployment claims drop in S.C.

COLUMBIA (AP) - New unemployment claims in South Carolina have dropped for the third week in a row, marking the lowest number of weekly claims filed since the pandemic began. The state Department of Employment and Workforce reported that about … more

FAA: Boeing pressured safety workers at N. Charleston plant

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Federal officials are seeking to fine Boeing $1.25 million, saying Wednesday that company managers pressured employees who were designated to perform safety-related work for the government at an aircraft … more

Masks, shields and spread out jurors as trials resume in S.C.

LAURENS (AP) - The first trial in a South Carolina courtroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began included spread out jurors, a glass shield around the witness stand and bailiffs reminding everyone that masks are required. The murder trial started … more

Duke Energy encourages Carolinas customers to prepare for Hurricane Isaias amid coronavirus pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With North Carolina and South Carolina possibly in the path of Hurricane Isaias, Duke Energy is preparing for potential power outages and encouraging customers to do the … more

Prisma Health continues to raise community awareness about shared responsibility, importance of COVID-19 precautions with a team member T-shirt campaign

GREENVILLE -- Prisma Health is at the center of caring for many of South Carolina’s COVID-19 patients. As of July 31, the hospital system has cared for more than 2,138 COVID-19 inpatients and … more

S.C. State Fair to transform into free drive-through

Two twists have been announced for this year's South Carolina State Fair. In an effort to give back to the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit fair will be free this year when it runs Oct. 20-21. In an effort to maintain … more

COVID-19 means virtual school booms in S.C.'s largest district

COLUMBIA - About a third of the students in South Carolina's largest school district don't plan to attend school in person next school year, taking advantage of a robust online program offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 23,000 of the … more

Officials urge caution after residents receive mystery seeds in mail

CLEMSON - State agriculture officials are warning South Carolinians to be wary of unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them.The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University's Regulatory Services division are working together to … more

Bishopville's Wheeler on new state House group studying law enforcement

COLUMBIA (AP) - A special South Carolina House committee reviewing all facets of law enforcement from police tactics to forfeiture and sentencing reform is about to meet for the first time. The 18-member House Equitable Justice System and Law … more

S.C. budget has surplus despite shutdown from coronavirus

COLUMBIA - South Carolina appears to be finishing last budget year with a little extra money in its bank accounts even after the economic shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economists who predict the state budget said Thursday. The final … more

Officials: School plans uncertain, but nothing like spring semester

COLUMBIA - State and local education officials are still trying to determine how to return South Carolina students to school in several weeks - whether in person or online - as COVID-19 cases spike across the state. And for younger students, … more

Judge blocks McMaster's $32 million plan for private schools

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina state judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a plan announced by Gov. Henry McMaster earlier this week to direct $32 million in pandemic relief funds for … more
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