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S.C. House holds more redistricting meetings as maps delayed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House will take online testimony this week about redistricting as it appears the General Assembly won't take up the new maps for U.S. House and state … more

S.C. Senate cancels next month's special session

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Senate won't meet in special session next month after all. Senate President Harvey Peeler sent a letter Friday to senators canceling the special session set to begin Oct. 12. They were supposed to debate how to spend … more

S.C. senators hear testimony on COVID-19 treatments

COLUMBIA - As South Carolina continues to grapple with thousands of new coronavirus cases that have burdened hospitals and disrupted schools, the panel of lawmakers that oversees medical issues is gathering testimony from people who want greater … more

Lawsuits: Murdaugh used attorney friend to manipulate, then tried to take settlement

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina lawyer charged with trying to arrange his own death steered the family of a housekeeper who died in his home to use a longtime friend as their attorney without revealing their friendship and then tried to take a $4 … more

Autopsy finds someone killed S.C. woman, 94, in her home

COLUMBIA (AP) - The death of a 94-year-old woman in her South Carolina home this past weekend has been ruled a homicide after evidence found at the victim's autopsy, authorities said Thursday. Officers investigating Robbie Atkinson's death … more

S.C.'s Confederate monument protection law upheld

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in … more

Sheriff: 12 inmates now charged in South Carolina jail riot

A total of a dozen inmates are now facing charges after a South Carolina jail riot in which two guards were held hostage and injured.Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced charges against 10 … more

S.C. juvenile justice leader to quit Oct. 15 after walkout, poor audit

COLUMBIA (AP) - The leader of South Carolina's juvenile justice agency announced Tuesday he is quitting about three months after officers and teachers walked off the job, leading to a no-confidence vote from state senators. Freddie Pough's … more

South Carolina groups say school mask mandate ban is disrupting kids' learning

COLUMBIA - As the South Carolina Supreme Court considers the legality of a state rule that effectively bans masks in most schools, health care workers and educators are renewing calls for state lawmakers to repeal the provision … more

Consultants sued over 2018 deaths of women in sheriff's van

The estates of two South Carolina women who drowned while locked in the back of a sheriff's department van during Hurricane Florence have filed lawsuits alleging negligence by a company that created … more

Shooting in South Carolina town leaves 1 dead, 7 others hurt

YEMASSEE (AP) — Police were searching for suspects after a shooting left one person dead and seven others injured — including several children — in the small town of Yemassee.The … more

Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival returns Oct. 8-10

FROM STAFF REPORTS WEST COLUMBIA - Can't wait to get started on fall gardening? Get ready for the Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, on Oct. 8-10. Visitors can … more

Solicitor: Man shot by trooper used stun gun in fatal fight

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina man killed by a state trooper last week after running away from a traffic stop took control of the officer's stun gun before the fatal shot, prosecutors said. The trooper shot Tristan Vereen once in the chest … more

Lawyer Murdaugh exits jail after $10M insurance fraud arrest

COLUMBIA — Instead of a suit and tie, lawyer Alex Murdaugh found himself in a jail jumpsuit Thursday in a cramped South Carolina courtroom, struggling to wipe tears from his eyes with … more

S.C. reaches 50% vaccination rate as COVID-19 cases dip

COLUMBIA - Half of all South Carolinians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully inoculated, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday. The benchmark puts the state closer to a 70 to 80% vaccination goal, … more

S.C. senate plans October special session; masks not on agenda

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina senators plan to return to the Statehouse next month for a special session on spending federal COVID-19 relief money and redistricting.But one thing not on the … more

Murdaugh surrenders to face charges in $10M insurance fraud

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawyer Alex Murdaugh surrendered Thursday to face insurance fraud and other charges after state police said he arranged to have himself shot in the head so that his son … more

Lawyer says Murdaugh to turn himself in on insurance fraud

COLUMBIA — A prominent South Carolina lawyer who found the bodies of his wife and son three months ago plans to turn himself in to face charges in a plot to arrange his own death that ended … more

South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation.That's the argument made in … more

Ex-Trump voting battle adviser set for S.C. forum

A GOP lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump in his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results and the lawmaker leading Republicans' efforts to win back a Senate majority, are among speakers planned for a South Carolina gathering … more
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