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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

Part 2 in a series about Eudora Farms: Dreams and dreamers and drive-thru safaris

Imagine getting a private tour of Disneyland led by Walt Disney himself. That's how I felt as I walked the Eudora Farms property in Salley with owner and entrepreneur Mark Nisbet. I've always heard that every great dream begins with a dreamer. In … more

Rate of rejected S.C. ballots without signatures drops in 2020

COLUMBIA (AP) - Absentee ballots in South Carolina were turned in without required signatures at a lower rate in the 2020 election than the presidential election four years ago. About 0.7% of mailed-in ballots lacked witness signatures this … more

South Carolina Senate elects Hutto as new minority leader

COLUMBIA - The new leader of South Carolina Senate Democrats said he wants his colleagues to concentrate on better jobs, health care and education instead of getting caught up in partisan fights. Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg will take up the … more

Squirrel's damage causes outages in downtown Columbia

A section of South Carolina's capital city was without power Monday after a squirrel scurrying across equipment caused damage that led to a blackout. Dominion Energy said the critter caused the outages in downtown Columbia. "The squirrel came … more

S.C. leaders suggest caution but not canceling holiday plans

By JEFFREY COLLINS The Associated Press COLUMBIA - With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, South Carolina health officials are urging people to get tested for COVID-19 before gathering for the holidays, to wear masks whenever they … more

Unemployment taxes won't rise as S.C. pays out millions weekly

COLUMBIA - Although the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has strained South Carolina's unemployment trust fund, the state won't raise unemployment taxes on most businesses next year, Gov. Henry McMaster announced … more

30 South Carolina Republicans back AG Barr's election probe

COLUMBIA - Several dozen South Carolina Republican lawmakers are voicing support of Attorney General Bill Barr's authorization of federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue "substantial allegations" of voting irregularities, if they exist, before … more

Missing N.C. hunter found dead in S.C.

JONESVILLE (AP) - A hunter who went missing in South Carolina was found dead following a multi-agency search over the weekend. Union County Sheriff's deputies and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources began searching for John Michael … more

This Month in S.C. History: Nov. 23, 1730, William Moultrie was born

On Nov. 23, 1730, William Moultrie was born in Charleston. His mother was Lucretia Cooper, and his father, John Moultrie, was a physician. We don't know much about Moultrie's early years but do know that in 1749 he married Damaris Elizabeth de St. … more

Army: Soldier dies in rifle training at Fort Jackson

COLUMBIA (AP) - A soldier at Fort Jackson in South Carolina has died from injuries sustained on the rifle training range, Army officials said. The soldier was an 18-year-old man from California, Fort Jackson spokesperson Leslie Ann Sully said in … more

Freshman Rep. Cunningham concedes defeat in SC's 1st

COLUMBIA (AP) — Two days after his opponent proclaimed victory in South Carolina's 1st District, freshman U.S. House Rep. Joe Cunningham conceded defeat Friday, saying he was proud of the work … more

Mom gets 40 years in deaths of 2 babies left in trash bags

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina mother who skipped the trial where she was convicted of homicide by child abuse for throwing two of her newborns away in trash bags moments after they were born will spend 40 years in prison. Alyssa Dayvault turned … more

Despite massive Democratic fundraise, Graham easily wins

By MEG KINNARD The Associated Press CHARLESTON - Despite repeatedly breaking fundraising records throughout his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, raising more than any U.S. Senate candidate in history and more than … more

6 S.C. incumbents, including Norman, Clyburn, win U.S. House races

COLUMBIA - Six U.S. House incumbents from South Carolina easily won reelection Tuesday. The newest one lost. Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham lost to Republican Nancy Mace as the GOP regained a seat they lost in 2018. It was the most expensive … more

Mace flips South Carolina seat in US House back to GOP

COLUMBIA — Republican Nancy Mace has defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, dealing a blow to the gains South Carolina Democrats made two years ago.Mace, a member of the state House, beat … more
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