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Suspect in fatal S.C. shooting of 3 found in Florida

COLUMBIA - The suspect in the killing of three people in rural South Carolina hopped on a plane after the shootings and was arrested hours later at a Florida hotel, authorities said. A man, woman and 10-year-old girl were killed in the shootings … more

SLED: Officer fired and arrested after stomping on man's head

ORANGEBURG (AP) - A police officer in Orangeburg has been fired and arrested after stomping the head of a man who was on his hands and knees causing his head to hit concrete, South Carolina authorities said. Orangeburg Department of Public Safety … more

Graham 1st vaccinated senator to test positive for COVID-19

COLUMBIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Republican said that he … more

MUSC completes takeover of Midlands hospitals

COLUMBIA (AP) - The Medical University of South Carolina on Monday completed its purchase of several hospitals and an emergency room in the Midlands. To celebrate the acquisition, MUSC changed the names of the four facilities, and leaders … more

COVID-19 surge driving S.C. pediatric ICUs to capacity

COLUMBIA - The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is pushing South Carolina's pediatric ICUs to capacity, doctors said Monday. A drop in childhood vaccinations because of the pandemic and an increase in other viral diseases as people have stopped … more

COVID surge driving S.C. pediatric ICUs to capacity

COLUMBIA (AP) — The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is pushing South Carolina's pediatric ICUs to capacity, doctors said Monday.A drop in childhood vaccinations due to the pandemic and an … more

University of South Carolina mandates masks again as COVID cases rise

COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of South Carolina is requiring students to wear masks indoors this fall as the spread of COVID-19 has sped up across the state. The mask requirement went into … more

S.C. extends pandemic food assistance benefits

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolinians receiving federal food aid will continue to get extra emergency benefits through the end of the year, even though a pandemic-related state of emergency ended last month. State officials announced Friday that they … more

$1M settlement after 2 patients in S.C. drowned in transport van

CONWAY (AP) - A manufacturer of cages for inmate transport vans has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a South Carolina mental health patient who drowned during 2018's Hurricane Florence while trapped inside a sheriff's department van … more

S.C. health officials encourage mask use, vaccines in schools as variant spreads

COLUMBIA - South Carolina health officials are still recommending students and teachers wear masks indoors to curb COVID-19's spread in the upcoming school year, though state lawmakers have already banned school districts from requiring the face … more

80 dogs, 2 monkeys taken from home

LAKE WYLIE (AP) - At least 80 dogs were taken out of a South Carolina home because they were living in very poor conditions, deputies said. Two monkeys and a bird were also removed Monday from property in Lake Wylie, the York County Sheriff's … more

S.C. man retraces history of family's 19th-century whiskey bottle

NEWBERRY - The corked brown bottle had mystified Rex Woolbright for decades. Rumor had it the Old Ingledew whiskey, which belonged to his uncle, Logan Drake, predated the Civil War and had decorated the shelves of powerful elites. It was mostly a … more

Prosecutor: No charges in man's death in jail due to poor training

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards' videotaped actions "damning" but not against … more

South Carolina says its schools can't follow CDC mask advice

Despite updated federal guidelines recommending indoor mask use at schools nationwide, even for vaccinated students, South Carolina education officials said Tuesday that they won't be able to follow … more

Man gets life for killing woman who mistook his car for Uber

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2019 abduction and murder of a 21-year-old college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride.The jury … more

Prosecutors: South Carolina man killed Uber rider in 2019

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina man killed the college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019, then abandoned her body in remote woods and scrubbed her blood from the vehicle to … more

S.C. senators hold 1st of 10 redistricting hearings in Sumter

COLUMBIA (AP) - A group of South Carolina senators will travel across the state this week holding public hearings on how to draw new districts for South Carolina House and Senate seats as well as the U.S. House. The Senate subcommittee handling … more

Cunningham says plan would boost S.C. COVID-19 shots

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham is rolling out a plan to boost South Carolina's COVID-19 vaccinations, a number the former congressman said is low because of a lack of leadership under Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. "We are on … more

Prosecutor: No charges in jail death due to poor training

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, … more

Defense rests without witnesses in Uber ride murder trial

COLUMBIA (AP) — The defense rested without calling any witnesses Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a South Carolina college student who mistakenly got into what she thought … more
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