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April 18, 1939, Logging Begins for the Santee Cooper Project

On April 18, 1939, after four years of court battles, the plans for the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project were placed into action. Loggers started clearing the floodplain of the Santee River, removing the huge live oak and cypress … more

More states move to shield lottery winners

PHOENIX (AP) - A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are … more

Police: Middle schooler passed out whiskey to classmates

UNION (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old South Carolina boy is facing charges after allegedly getting drunk at his middle school and giving whiskey to other students. WYFF-TV reports the student at Sims Middle School in Union is charged with … more

Bill aims to help people with disabilities in traffic stops

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow people with disabilities or their caregivers to apply for a special vehicle registration that would note their condition and alert law enforcement during a traffic … more

Cellphone jamming tested at South Carolina state prison

COLUMBIA (AP) - Federal officials this week oversaw the test at a South Carolina prison of a cellphone signal jamming technology that some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones, officials told The Associated … more

Education overhaul, Uber safety make S.C. Legislature deadline

COLUMBIA (AP) - A bill that would overhaul the state education system and another to improve ride share safety have made an important deadline in the South Carolina General Assembly. Wednesday's crossover deadline says a bill must pass either the … more

Year after riot, officials claim improvements at Lee prison

BISHOPVILLE - A year after seven South Carolina prison inmates died in an insurrection, corrections officials say they've made improvements to the facility that for a night was the scene of some of the agency's worst violence. Reporters were … more

1 hurt in shooting inside Orangeburg emergency room

ORANGEBURG (AP) — Authorities say one person has been shot inside the emergency room of a South Carolina hospital. Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg says the person who was wounded was … more

Time running out for many bills in S.C. Legislature

COLUMBIA (AP) - Time is running out for some bills to have an easier trip through the South Carolina Legislature. Today is the crossover deadline. The requirement says a bill has to pass either the House or the Senate to be considered by the … more

South Carolina House passes bill requiring Uber, Lyft signs

COLUMBIA (AP) — A lawmaker sponsoring a bill in South Carolina requiring Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing drivers to have a lighted sign said he knows it isn't a foolproof way to keep riders … more

Mother: 5th-grader who died after fight hit head on book shelf

COLUMBIA (AP) - The mother of a fifth grader who died after a fight at her South Carolina elementary school said other students in her class have told her she hit her head on a bookshelf. Ashley Wright told Good Morning America that she is … more

Former U.S. Senator Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings dies at 97

COLUMBIA (AP) - Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 97. Family spokesman Andy Brack, who … more

Marshals arrest fugitive from Connecticut in South Carolina

LONGS (AP) — A man who disappeared after escaping from a Connecticut prison 29 years ago has been arrested in South Carolina. WPDE-TV reports the U.S. Marshal's Office took Ted Lee Livingston … more

Chief: Family DNA leads police to mother who abandoned baby

COLUMBIA - DNA submitted to family genealogy sites helped police find and arrest the mother of a baby who was born alive and died abandoned inside a box in a vacant South Carolina field 29 years ago, authorities said Thursday. The DNA led … more

Republican lawmaker unblocks man on Facebook but calls him an 'idiot'

COLUMBIA (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker in South Carolina has stopped blocking one of his frequent critics on Facebook after the man threatened to file a lawsuit claiming the legislator had limited his freedom of speech. The State newspaper … more

S.C. lawmakers set to consider heartbeat abortion ban

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban almost all abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected which is typically around the sixth week of pregnancy. A House constitutional laws subcommittee met Tuesday … more

USC student's death leads to bill requiring Uber, Lyft signs

COLUMBIA (AP) - A bill has been introduced in the South Carolina Legislature to require Uber and Lyft drivers to have illuminated signs days after police say a college student mistakenly got into the … more

Curious case of statuette that walked away from Spartanburg City Hall

SPARTANBURG - A mystery is brewing at Spartanburg City Hall, and at the center is a decades-old gift from Greece. City Planner Natalia Rosario has teamed up with Brad Steinecke, the assistant director of local history for Spartanburg County … more

5 Orangeburg deputies among 7 S.C. officers charged with taking bribes

COLUMBIA (AP) - Seven law enforcement officers in South Carolina have been charged with taking bribes to protect drug traffickers and to create false police incident reports so people could get visas meant for crime victims. Five of the arrested … more

S.C. schools ask lawmakers help after weeks of missed classes

COLUMBIA - With a little over two months left in the school year, a few South Carolina school districts that missed more than two weeks of classes because of Hurricane Florence are turning to lawmakers to help. A bill that unanimously passed the … more
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