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Videos show detail of death of inmate at South Carolina jail

COLUMBIA - In newly released video of the January death of a South Carolina inmate with mental health issues, deputies are seen repeatedly deploying stun guns and kneeling on the man's back before he stops moving. An hour later, officials said, the … more

S.C. elections director to resign at end of year

COLUMBIA (AP) - The executive director of the South Carolina Election Commission will leave her post at the end of the year after overseeing the state's ballot box process for nearly two decades, she wrote in her resignation letter. Marci Andino … more

South Carolina lawmakers end formal session, will return soon

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Legislature ended its regular session on Thursday, ceremonially wrapping up its duties but expecting at least several returns later in the year to handle more work, including how to spend federal funding related to the … more

Bill allowing open carry with permit heads to S.C. Gov. McMaster's desk

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina bill letting people with concealed weapons permits carry their guns in the open is heading to Gov. Henry McMaster's desk. The House approved the bill 83-34 Wednesday, signing off on changes made by the Senate to … more

Firing squad bill headed to South Carolina governor's desk

COLUMBIA (AP) — Legislation adding a firing squad to South Carolina's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs is headed to the desk of Gov. Henry McMaster.On a routine vote … more

Bill allowing open carry with permit heads to S.C. Gov. McMaster's desk

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina bill letting people with concealed weapons permits carry their guns in the open is heading to Gov. Henry McMaster's desk.The House approved the bill 83-34 … more

S.C. Education Superintendent Spearman: Governor 'inciting hysteria' by allowing mask opt-out

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's public schools chief on Wednesday said that the state's governor had no legal basis for allowing parents to opt their children out of wearing masks in schools, … more

South Carolina House OKs constitutional convention call

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state House approved Tuesday a proposal that would add South Carolina to a list of states calling for a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The … more

S.C. getting $2.5B in virus relief aid

COLUMBIA - State and local governments in South Carolina are getting nearly $2.5 billion in new federal coronavirus aid, as the state begins to phase out a different federal jobless benefit the governor says is disincentivizing people to return to … more

South Carolina enacts price gouging law during pipeline shutdown

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's top prosecutor has enacted a measure criminalizing price gouging following the shutdown of a pipeline that carries fuel to much of the state. On Tuesday, Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that he had declared … more

Board refuses USC president's resignation

COLUMBIA (AP) - Trustees at the University of South Carolina have refused to accept the resignation of the school's embattled president following a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism and misidentification of the school … more

S.C. governor orders opt out for child mask wearing

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday letting parents opt their children out of wearing masks in public schools, citing widespread coronavirus … more

Rabid bat found in Sumter, 1 person exposed

A bat found near Bay Springs Drive and McCrays Mill Road in Sumter has tested positive for rabies, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. … more

In pipeline outage, South Carolina enacts price gouging law

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's top prosecutor has enacted a measure criminalizing price gouging following the shutdown of a pipeline that carries fuel to much of the state. On Tuesday, … more

Myrtle Beach plans new beautification efforts

MYRTLE BEACH - The next step in Myrtle Beach's downtown beautification efforts has arrived. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced plans Thursday to paint downtown's lone public parking garage, sidewalks and crosswalks in bright … more

Cyclist killed in dispute; shooter dies in police gun battle

GREENVILLE (AP) — Police officers fatally shot a man minutes after he killed a bicyclist during an argument near a South Carolina park Sunday morning, authorities said.David "Whit" Oliver was … more

S.C. House and Senate OK suicide hotline info on school IDs

COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill that would require South Carolina middle and high schools and colleges to print the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on student identification cards is … more

S.C. senators pass bill allowing open gun carry with a permit

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina senators approved a bill Thursday allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns in the open.The Senate voted 28-16 on Thursday on the … more

S.C. House adds firing squad to execution methods

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House voted Wednesday to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs - a measure meant to jump-start executions in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in … more

Gov. McMaster hires consultant to lead 2022 reelection campaign

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has officially hired a Columbia-based political strategist to lead his campaign for a second full term in office. Mark Knoop is onboard as McMaster's campaign manager, the campaign told The … more
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