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Jury: Black bikers' race was factor, city won't pay

COLUMBIA (AP) - The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was motivated by race when it created a traffic plan designed to "suck the fun" out of Black Bike Week, a federal jury has found. But the same jury sided against the bikers, saying the city … more

South Carolina shatters daily record with nearly 3,200 coronavirus cases; 81 confirmed in Sumter on Friday

COLUMBIA - A week after announcing a record-shattering 2,470 COVID-19 cases in one day, South Carolina health officials said Friday the state had eclipsed that figure by several hundred. The Department of Health and Environmental Control reported … more

S.C. shatters daily record with nearly 3,200 COVID-19 cases

COLUMBIA (AP) — A week after announcing a record-shattering 2,470 COVID-19 cases in one day, South Carolina health officials said Friday the state had eclipsed that figure by several … more

Black bikers see racism in Myrtle Beach traffic plan

COLUMBIA - Motorcycle clubs roar into Myrtle Beach each May for separate week-long rallies, one mostly white, the other mostly Black. Each brings millions of dollars, spent by hundreds of thousands of bikers, and some inevitably let loose, with … more

High court again nixes S.C. governor's private school virus aid plan

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's highest court again rejected Gov. Henry McMaster's plan to use $32 million in federal coronavirus relief to provide tuition grants for private schools, ruling Wednesday that spending public money this way is … more

South Carolina will prioritize elderly, food staff for COVID-19 vaccine

WEST COLUMBIA - Prisoners and poultry plant workers will follow soon after frontline health care employees in South Carolina's COVID-19 vaccine plan, Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday. At the outset of the first phase of the state's vaccine … more

Woodrow Wilson's teenage home in S.C. gets new name to reflect history

COLUMBIA (AP) - The caretakers of former President Woodrow Wilson's teenage home in South Carolina have changed the name of the landmark site, seeking to more accurately reflect the era that formed the 28th president's segregationist views. The … more

South Carolina teachers want virtual school again

COLUMBIA - With new COVID-19 cases reaching record levels in South Carolina, a teachers group is asking districts to go back to all-virtual teaching until this second spike in the virus can be flattened. The plea was given more emotional weight … more

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) - The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president. From a brushy bluff, Rivas can look across the Rio Grande to Mexico on the other side. She spent … more

29 inmates charged 2 years after South Carolina prison riot at Lee Correctional Institution

COLUMBIA (AP) — Nearly 30 inmates were charged in connection with a riot at a South Carolina prison in 2018 that left seven inmates dead and 22 injured, the state's attorney general announced … more

Governor nominates interim to S.C. Public Safety head

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants the man he appointed temporarily to take over the state's Department of Public Safety to become its permanent leader. McMaster announced his decision Wednesday to name Robert Woods IV as the … more

Sumter's Rep. Smith reelected chairman of budget committee

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Republican leaders made no major changes on Wednesday to their main House committees, and the group that handles the budget remains stuck with the same problems, only this time they're looking at steep cuts because of the … more

Clemson to require weekly testing of students for COVID-19

CLEMSON (AP) — Clemson University officials will soon require all students to be tested weekly for COVID-19.The new policy will be in effect next semester, The Greenville News reported.During … more

S.C. officials say drugs can't be obtained by Friday execution

COLUMBIA- South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won't be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to … more

Family pedigree, friends and merit mark choosing of S.C. judge

COLUMBIA - Ancestors, family pedigrees, old friendships, college ties, easy cheer and even merit were all part of the mix last week in a ritual where candidates for South Carolina's open judgeships parade before a judicial screening commission to … more

Rapid COVID-19 tests for S.C. schools in place 1st of week

COLUMBIA (AP) - The new rapid result COVID-19 tests promised to South Carolina schools by Gov. Henry McMaster should be at some districts by the start of school next week, education officials said. McMaster signed an executive order Wednesday … more

Former executive faces prison time in S.C. nuclear debacle

COLUMBIA - The executive who spent billions of dollars on two South Carolina nuclear plants that never generated a single watt of power is almost certain to spend time in prison. Former SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh signed a deal Tuesday agreeing … more

3-day ticket blitz, 130 $100 citations for going maskless in Columbia

COLUMBIA (AP) - A three-day ticket blitz in South Carolina's capital city brought 130 citations for going unmasked in public places despite the coronavirus pandemic - and the fire chief says more are coming. "I don't mind tipping my hand," … more

South Carolina officials eye single drug for execution plan

COLUMBIA (AP) — The state of South Carolina says an inmate scheduled to be executed next week could be put to death with a lethal dose of just one drug if officials cannot get hold of all three … more

S.C. State Parks to offer free admission Nov. 27

COLUMBIA - Admission will be free at state parks in South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 27, as the Park Service joins the national #OptOutside initiative. The promotion, sponsored by REI, encourages people to spend some time in the great outdoors the day … more
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