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S.C. budget negotiators have almost $1B more to talk about

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina lawmakers negotiating big gaps between the House and Senate versions of the state budget received a big gift Tuesday as the state's economy continued to do … more

4 teens shot dead within hours in Newberry

Four teenagers were shot dead within hours of each other in a small South Carolina city over the weekend, prompting the area high school to switch to virtual learning while officers stepped up … more

Ex-deputy gets 18 years after detainees drown in locked van

COLUMBIA - A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in … more

Ex-deputy gets 18 years after detainees drown in locked van

COLUMBIA (AP) — A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a … more

S.C. tries early voting as other states restrict

COLUMBIA - South Carolina election officials are preparing for early voting for the first time in next month's primaries, expanding the ability to vote in an era when many other states are passing laws to make it harder to cast … more

Greenville church to rent out affordable homes to help with housing crisis

GREENVILLE - Grace Church has purchased a dormitory building from Greenville Technical College to convert into affordable housing as part of a special program to address the local housing crisis. The church will serve as the landlord for the … more

McMaster signs transgender sports ban bill into law

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's governor has quietly signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls' or women's sports in public schools and colleges as the state joins about a dozen others that have passed similar laws in … more

N.Y. teenager found dead in Georgetown after 13 years; S.C. sex offender charged

COLUMBIA (AP) - The body of a 17-year-old girl from New York who disappeared while visiting South Carolina's Myrtle Beach on spring break 13 years ago has been found and a sex offender has been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape, authorities … more

Deputy stands trial after S.C. women drowned in police van

COLUMBIA (AP) — A deputy charged in the deaths of two women who drowned in a locked police van in 2018 ignored barricades and drove into rapidly rising floodwaters against advice from his … more

Coroner IDs inmates who died in same unit at S.C. jail

GREENVILLE (AP) — A coroner identified Friday two inmates who died in the same unit of a local jail in South Carolina the day before.Authorities said Allan Lindsay Zack, 36, and Randy Eugene … more

Man freed in competency mix up arrested again in S.C. killings; Solicitor Chip Finney is prosecutor in charge of case

COLUMBIA (AP) — A man charged with killing two sisters in South Carolina 12 years ago but who disappeared out of the legal system after he was found incompetent to stand trial was arrested … more

May 23, 1825: Parson Weems, 'Great Mythmaker,' dies in Beaufort

Mason Locke Weems was born in Maryland in 1759. In 1784, he was ordained a minister by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was the rector of two churches in Maryland before changing his profession. In 1793, Weems became a traveling salesman and author. … more

Voters encouraged to register to vote, update address before deadline

To help ensure voters are prepared for the 2022 Statewide Primaries on June 14, the State Election Commission is reminding everyone of the fast-approaching voter registration deadlines and urging … more

S.C. Senate compromise resurrects early voting bill, House OKs

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina senators unanimously approved a compromise Wednesday that would allow the state to hold true early voting and the House quickly approved the bill raising the … more

S.C. Senate agrees to take up abortion bills in extra session

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina Senate agreed Tuesday to come back in special session later this year to take up abortion bills to respond to the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court allows states to ban the procedure. Republicans rejected a … more

Preliminary 3.3-magnitude quake jolts Columbia

COLUMBIA - A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered just northeast of South Carolina's capital city jolted large numbers of state residents awake early Monday, rocking the Southern state at a preliminary 3.3 magnitude, authorities … more

Pence: Leaked abortion draft opinion helps some 2022 hopefuls

SPARTANBURG (AP) - Former Vice President Mike Pence applauded the essence of a leaked draft opinion suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide, predicting that the decision … more

Ex-banker charged with conspiring in Murdaugh money scheme

COLUMBIA - A grand jury has indicted the former CEO of a South Carolina bank on charges of conspiring with once-prominent, now-suspended attorney Alex Murdaugh to defraud victims - including the family of a deaf man who became quadriplegic after a … more

Procedural ruling kills medical marijuana bill in S.C. House

COLUMBIA (AP) — A seven-year fight to pass a medical marijuana bill may have abruptly ended Wednesday in South Carolina when a House leader ruled the proposal contains an unconstitutional tax … more

Deputies: S.C. cold case cracked through robbery link

GREENVILLE (AP) — Investigators cracked a 2015 killing after determining one of the suspects was worried the victim was going to testify against him at trial, Greenville County deputies … more
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