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South Carolina authorities break up huge party amid pandemic

COLUMBIA (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina broke up a party where at least 2,000 people were gathered without taking precautions to prevent spreading the coronavirus, fire officials said.The … more

S.C. mother convicted in deaths of 2 newborns left in trash bags

COLUMBIA (AP) - A jury convicted a South Carolina mother of throwing two of her newborns away in trash bags after they were born 13 months apart, but the 32-year-old mother of two other children wasn't in the courtroom Thursday to hear the … more

New S.C. law creates resilience office to address flooding

COLUMBIA - After five years filled with unprecedented flooding, South Carolina has now established an office to marshal the state's efforts in stemming floodwaters and coordinating recovery and relief efforts. Gov. Henry McMaster held a … more

Graham's $28M sets quarterly fundraise record for Senate GOP

COLUMBIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set a fundraising record for Republican Senate candidates, bringing in $28 million in the third quarter of a reelection battle that is swiftly becoming among the more expensive in the … more

Demolitions increase in 1 S.C. neighborhood

HANAHAN - Kyle Dyson just wanted a place to call his own. Dyson had just graduated from Charleston Southern University and gone to work at his father's construction company. He lived in a one-bedroom … more

Graham challenger pushes conservatives toward 3rd candidate

COLUMBIA - In a state known for its political shenanigans, the Senate race in South Carolina is living up to that reputation as campaigning between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison enters its closing days. This … more

Judge rules S.C. commerce officials violated record law

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina judge has ruled the state's Department of Commerce illegally withheld information about expensive economic development deals it was required to disclose to the public and to news outlets through records … more

State sends $43M in Plexiglass, masks to 1,300 schools, promises more

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's education superintendent said she has sent $43 million of protective equipment to more than 1,300 schools in the state - fulfilling every item in their requests to help them open for in-person classes during the COVID-19 … more

This month in S.C. history: Oct. 18, 1685, Louis XIV revokes the edict of Nantes and French Huguenots flee to S.C.

In the 1560s, the number of Protestants who followed the Calvinist form of religion, or Huguenots, was increasing in France, particularly in the southern and western regions. But the Wars of Religion (1562-1598) diminished their number, and many … more

State's high court rejects private school virus aid plan

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday a program created by Gov. Henry McMaster to allocate $32 million in federal pandemic aid to private and religious schools is unconstitutional because the public money would directly benefit … more

Lawyers: No state-level fix for ballots with no signature

COLUMBIA - South Carolina election officials have no authority to create a process for voters to fix mail-in ballots missing a witness signature, a requirement reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court this week, lawyers for the board told members. As … more

Cunningham challenger says car vandalism meant to intimidate

COLUMBIA (AP) - The Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham is alleging someone tried to intimidate her candidacy by vandalizing her vehicle hours before the two met in a debate. In a police report obtained by The Associated Press, Nancy … more

Boeing says pandemic will cut demand for planes for a decade

Boeing is lowering its expectations around demand for new planes during the next decade as the coronavirus pandemic continues to undercut air travel. The company on Tuesday predicted that the world will need 18,350 new commercial airplanes in the … more

High court reinstates S.C. ballot witness requirement

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a requirement that South Carolina residents voting by mail in November's election get a witness to sign their ballots. Democrats had sought to have the requirement put on hold because of the … more

Clyburn asks federal officials to investigate grant program

COLUMBIA - Two congressional leaders, including the South Carolina congressman at the helm of a special subcommittee managing a multitude of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, are asking the nation's top education official to review a … more

South Carolina police officer killed in line of duty Saturday

MYRTLE BEACH (AP) - A police officer was killed in South Carolina during an exchange of gunfire after responding to a domestic call, authorities said Sunday. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that a second officer … more

Waste contract at Savannah River Site could be worth $21B

The federal government is soliciting pitches to manage and clean up nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site, a contract that could be worth $21 billion over years. The Aiken Standard reported the U.S. Department of Energy published a final … more

Absentee voting for 2020 election begins in S.C.

COLUMBIA - Nearly 20,000 votes have already been cast in November's general election in South Carolina as the first voters on Monday got to make their choice in person. A number of counties opened polling places where people can vote almost like … more

Celebrate agriculture, arts and tradition at free, drive-through State Fair this month

When we can feel the fall in the air, we all start thinking about fair food. This year has been a challenge, but the S.C. State Fair is making sure we don't have to give up everything. Despite COVID-19, you can enjoy the … more

3rd-party candidate backs Graham in tightening race

COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is getting campaign support from a third-party candidate, potentially bringing with him a narrow margin of conservative backers who could propel Graham over his Democratic challenger in a … more
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