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S.C. extends pandemic food assistance benefits

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolinians receiving federal food aid will continue to get extra emergency benefits through the end of the year, even though a pandemic-related state of emergency ended last month. State officials announced Friday that they … more

$1M settlement after 2 patients in S.C. drowned in transport van

CONWAY (AP) - A manufacturer of cages for inmate transport vans has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a South Carolina mental health patient who drowned during 2018's Hurricane Florence while trapped inside a sheriff's department van … more

S.C. health officials encourage mask use, vaccines in schools as variant spreads

COLUMBIA - South Carolina health officials are still recommending students and teachers wear masks indoors to curb COVID-19's spread in the upcoming school year, though state lawmakers have already banned school districts from requiring the face … more

80 dogs, 2 monkeys taken from home

LAKE WYLIE (AP) - At least 80 dogs were taken out of a South Carolina home because they were living in very poor conditions, deputies said. Two monkeys and a bird were also removed Monday from property in Lake Wylie, the York County Sheriff's … more

S.C. man retraces history of family's 19th-century whiskey bottle

NEWBERRY - The corked brown bottle had mystified Rex Woolbright for decades. Rumor had it the Old Ingledew whiskey, which belonged to his uncle, Logan Drake, predated the Civil War and had decorated the shelves of powerful elites. It was mostly a … more

Prosecutor: No charges in man's death in jail due to poor training

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards' videotaped actions "damning" but not against … more

South Carolina says its schools can't follow CDC mask advice

Despite updated federal guidelines recommending indoor mask use at schools nationwide, even for vaccinated students, South Carolina education officials said Tuesday that they won't be able to follow … more

Man gets life for killing woman who mistook his car for Uber

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2019 abduction and murder of a 21-year-old college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride.The jury … more

Prosecutors: South Carolina man killed Uber rider in 2019

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina man killed the college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019, then abandoned her body in remote woods and scrubbed her blood from the vehicle to … more

S.C. senators hold 1st of 10 redistricting hearings in Sumter

COLUMBIA (AP) - A group of South Carolina senators will travel across the state this week holding public hearings on how to draw new districts for South Carolina House and Senate seats as well as the U.S. House. The Senate subcommittee handling … more

Cunningham says plan would boost S.C. COVID-19 shots

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham is rolling out a plan to boost South Carolina's COVID-19 vaccinations, a number the former congressman said is low because of a lack of leadership under Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. "We are on … more

Prosecutor: No charges in jail death due to poor training

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, … more

Defense rests without witnesses in Uber ride murder trial

COLUMBIA (AP) — The defense rested without calling any witnesses Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a South Carolina college student who mistakenly got into what she thought … more

Noem to headline GOP event in early voting S.C.

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, possibly mulling a 2024 White House bid, is making her debut in South Carolina next month - an introductory step in the first Southern state to cast Republican-primary votes for president. Noem will … more

Gov. McMaster advises vaccine-reluctant to talk to doctors, friends

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's governor said while getting the COVID-19 vaccine was the right decision for him, other people reluctant to get the shot need to talk to friends, pastors and doctors and decide if it is best for them. Gov. Henry … more

Expert: Slain Uber rider's DNA found under man's nails

COLUMBIA (AP) - A forensic scientist testified Friday that DNA found under the fingernails of the South Carolina man accused of killing a woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride is almost definitely the victim's. Prosecutors called several … more

911 call is released in killing of mother, son in South Carolina

COLUMBIA - State police Thursday released the 911 call where a distraught lawyer reported that he found his wife and son shot to death at their South Carolina home six weeks after the still unsolved killings. The seven-minute 911 call didn't … more

Jury sees suspected murder weapon in mistaken Uber ride killing

COLUMBIA (AP) - An investigator showed jurors the suspected murder weapon Thursday at the trial of a South Carolina man accused of killing a woman who mistook the man's car for her Uber ride. The bladed multi-tool resembling a double-handled … more

Witnesses testify in trial of man accused in Uber killing

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina man accused of killing a woman who mistook his vehicle for her Uber ride later tried to clean blood out of the car with bleach, a witness testified … more

Man gets 20 years in S.C. prison in shooting of Cayce officers

CAYCE (AP) — An Orangeburg man who shot at two police officers during a chase will spend 20 years in a South Carolina prison and then 10 years in a federal prison, authorities said … more
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