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Police: Lawyer Murdaugh arranged own death but shot grazed

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A prominent South Carolina lawyer who found the bodies of his wife and son three months ago tried to arrange his own death earlier this month so his son would get a $10 million … more

2nd largest S.C. school district to enforce mask requirement for its 48K students

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's second-largest school district plans to begin enforcing its requirement that everyone in the building wear masks. The Charleston County School Board voted Monday to use federal money to enforce its mask requirement for … more

Missing law firm money is 5th investigation into Murdaughs

COLUMBIA (AP) - State police have officially opened an investigation into missing money that a law firm said was taken by an attorney from a prominent South Carolina legal family whose wife and son were killed at their home three months … more

Program offers money to build recreational trails in S.C.

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina agency is taking applications for federal grants to help pay for trails for hiking and other activities. The Recreational Trails Program provides money to create and maintain the trails. Recipients have to pay for … more

S.C. Republicans vow vaccine order fight

COLUMBIA — Republicans in the South Carolina House plan to meet as soon as they can to figure out how to fight back against President Joe Biden's order that all larger businesses require their … more

20 democratic AGs back suit challenging new S.C. abortion law

Twenty Democratic attorneys general have voiced their support for a lawsuit challenging South Carolina's new abortion law, arguing that the restrictive measure could harm their states by taxing resources if women cross borders to seek care. "The … more

Roof seeks rehearing on Charleston church shooting conviction

Dylann Roof has filed the next step in his federal appeal, challenging a court's confirmation of his conviction and death sentence for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. In a petition filed Wednesday … more

South Carolina cities OK emergency mask rules again

COLUMBIA (AP) - Some South Carolina cities are bringing back indoor mask requirements as this summer's COVID-19 outbreak in the state rivals the height of the pandemic last winter before vaccines were widely available. Three Midlands cities - … more

Lawyer whose son and wife killed has law license suspended

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the law license of prominent attorney Alex Murdaugh on Wednesday, two days after his law firm said he took mone y from … more

2 S.C. children dead from COVID-19 this month

AIKEN (AP) - At least two children in South Carolina have died of COVID-19 this month as schools report thousands of cases among students and staff. Aiken County Public Schools had previously announced the deaths of two students, one in fourth … more

Law firm: Attorney whose wife, son were killed took money

COLUMBIA (AP) — A lawyer from a prominent South Carolina legal family who found his wife and son shot to death at their home three months ago and was injured days ago when a bullet grazed his … more

Lawyer whose wife, son were killed regrets decisions, gets rehab

COLUMBIA (AP) — A lawyer from a prominent South Carolina legal family who found his wife and son shot to death at their home three months ago and was injured days ago when a bullet grazed his … more

Prominent lawyer shot and hurt months after wife, son slain

ESTILL, S.C. (AP) — A lawyer from a prominent South Carolina legal family who found his wife and son shot to death at their home three months ago was shot and wounded Saturday after he had car … more

National Guard aids Grand Strand hospital amid coronavirus surge

COLUMBIA (AP) - The National Guard is sending help to a South Carolina hospital system as the current COVID-19 surge overwhelms emergency departments. About a dozen Guard members will work in two Tidelands Health emergency rooms, three temporary … more

South Carolina high court rejects capital city's school mask mandate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest court on Thursday tossed out a school mask mandate in the state's capital city, saying it contradicts a state budget measure aimed at preventing … more

Failed nuclear project's contractor signs $21M deal, working with feds

The chief contractor at a failed multibillion-dollar project to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina has agreed to pay more than $20 million as part of a cooperation agreement with federal authorities probing the fiasco. Under an … more

DMV changing driver's tests because of COVID-19

COLUMBIA (AP) - The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in South Carolina has the Department of Motor Vehicles changing how it gives road tests for driver's licenses. The agency started requiring masks for both new drivers and examiners on … more

After delays, South Carolina requests federal relief aid for small towns

COLUMBIA (AP) - Small towns in South Carolina waiting on $435 million in pandemic relief aid are now one step closer to getting hold of that money. The state Department of Administration requested South Carolina's share of coronavirus recovery … more

S. Carolina Supreme Court prepares to hear 2 mask lawsuits

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest court will hear two challenges to the state's refusal to let school districts require masks for students and teachers this week.The state Supreme … more

Hospitals worry as COVID-19 cases rise to near record in S.C.

COLUMBIA (AP) - The number of new COVID-19 cases in South Carolina is reaching levels only seen in the worst days of the pandemic before vaccines were widely available, leading hospitals to warn unless the spike in cases is curbed soon, there will … more
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