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State's jobless rate improves as extra weekly federal benefits end

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's jobless rate continued to improve last month, slipping another tenth of a percent as pandemic-related supplemental cash benefits for the unemployed prepared to come to an end in the state. The unemployment rate dropped … more

Clyburn: Biden likely working on changing filibuster rules

COLUMBIA - U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Wednesday that he feels President Joe Biden, his longtime ally, is likely working behind the scenes to push for Senate rule changes so the filibuster can't be used on legislation pertaining to … more

Police defend withholding details in killings of mother, son

WALTERBORO (AP) - State police told a judge that they don't want to release more information about the slayings of two members of a prominent South Carolina legal family and, after more than a month of investigation, said they still don't know what … more

S.C. experts warn of new 'alarming' rise in cases

COLUMBIA - Public health experts warned Wednesday of another surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths across South Carolina as more than half of state residents remain unvaccinated. Health officials reported 204 confirmed cases Wednesday, far lower … more

20 states support South Carolina in abortion lawsuit

COLUMBIA (AP) — Twenty states are supporting South Carolina's defense of a new abortion law, arguing in an amicus brief that a federal judge was wrong to pause the entire measure instead of … more

Santee Cooper starts search for new leader for utility

MONCKS CORNER (AP) — Santee Cooper is starting the process of looking for a new leader for the state-owned utility.At Tuesday's board meeting — the first for new board chairman Peter … more

This Month in S.C. History: July 21, 1669, 1st draft of the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina is completed

The South Carolina Encyclopedia describes the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina as "part constitution and part promotional tract." Although the first draft, also known as the "Grand Model," is in John Locke's handwriting, many scholars think … more

FCC gives state prisons tech options to quash cellphones

COLUMBIA - Federal regulators are giving state prisons across the country more technological options to combat contraband cellphones, which prison officials have long said represent the greatest security threat behind bars. The Federal … more

S.C. celebrates lowest U.S. rate of prisoners who return to jail

COLUMBIA - South Carolina now has the lowest rate of released inmates returning to prison within three years in the country thanks to an in-depth and expanding program of job and life skills, the state prison director said. Less than 22% of South … more

Man gets life for killing his wife after lying about car wreck

EDGEFIELD (AP) - A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his wife in front of her two children after luring her to a secluded peach orchard by texting he had been in a wreck, prosecutors … more

S.C. officials want opinions on Sunday hunting on public land

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina is asking for public input on whether state leased Wildlife Management Areas should be open for hunting on Sundays. The Department of Natural Resources has an online survey up until July 28 as well as four public … more

Pen pals spread joy to seniors at assisted living facilities in pandemic

SPARTANBURG - Robert Fox and his new friend, Stephanie, both share a love of music, amusement parks and animals. The two have become pen pals and written letters to each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fox, an 87-year-old Army veteran and a … more

Cunningham would legalize marijuana if elected governor

MOUNT PLEASANT - Joe Cunningham - the former one-term Democratic congressman now running to unseat South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster - is pushing for medicinal and recreational legalization of marijuana, changes he says would offer … more

State-owned power company fined for air pollution

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's state-owned utility has been fined nearly $23,000 for failing to control air pollution at power plants in three parts of the state.The State reports that the … more

Business 85 to close for 2 years for bridge replacements

SPARTANBURG (AP) — A freeway in northern South Carolina is closing for two years so crews can replace a pair of bridges.Business 85 in Spartanburg will close starting Monday between Exit 3 at … more

McMaster: Abortion order 'oversteps' federal power

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's governor wants a new abortion law to take effect, arguing Wednesday that a judge's decision to put the whole measure - and not just the parts being challenged in court - on hold during a lawsuit "oversteps the bounds … more

Official: Social worker arrested for not investigating abuse

CONWAY (AP) - A social worker who investigates child abuse in South Carolina was fired and arrested after she failed to look into neglect allegations and then tried to create a false report after a child died, authorities said. Amanda Sutherland, … more

Pompeo to headline GOP dinner in early voting S.C.

COLUMBIA - Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to keynote the signature fundraiser for the Republican Party in South Carolina, home to the first Southern presidential primary and crucial destination for potential White House hopefuls of … more

S.C. officials watch storm but don't expect major problems

CHARLESTON (AP) - Emergency officials in South Carolina are watching Tropical Storm Elsa, but no evacuations have been ordered during the peak summer tourism season along the state's beaches. The governor and local leaders stuck to statements … more

Health officials say best to avoid algae in S.C. lakes, rivers

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina health officials are warning swimmers and boaters to watch out for algae blooms on the state's lakes and rivers. The blooms aren't unusual and many aren't directly harmful to humans or animals, the state Department … more
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