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Pastor pursues passions in ministry, racial reconciliation

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Zach Somerville says he felt called to work in ministry in his youth, but he ran away from it until early experiences in the U.S. Air Force changed his perspective. Now, he’s among a group of pastors in the Sumter community trying to help lead efforts toward racial...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 5, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Aug. 2 The Times and Democrat on the sales tax holiday: South Carolina’s sales tax holiday from Aug. 7-9 takes on a different dynamic amid the coronavirus. The ongoing pandemic has reduced consumer spending and left many businesses struggling. Schools...

A Tidelands Health medical professional changes latex gloves during a drive-through COVID-19 testing site Friday July 17, 2020 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)

SC biz leaders call for protections from virus liability

Aug. 4, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Wary of possible vulnerability to coronavirus-related lawsuits, hundreds of members of South Carolina's business community are calling on the state's federal lawmakers to support liability protections they see as vital for the state's economic recovery. In a letter sent Tuesday to all...

SC orders Richland County to pay back $32M from penny tax

Aug. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina tax collectors are ordering Richland County to repay more than $32 million that authorities said was not properly spent from a penny sales tax meant to improve roads. Some county leaders said they plan to fight the ruling from the state Revenue Department, which said...

'Suspicious' substance at protest was water, antacid

Aug. 4, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A suspicious substance that police officials implied that Black Lives Matter protesters had thrown at officers during May demonstrations turned out to be only water and antacid. The State reported that Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said Monday that a...

A roll of voting stickers sits on a table as people arrive to vote in the Democratic primary in Hopkins, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Dems: SC in for pandemic 'calamity' without election changes

Jul. 31, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As officials grapple with ways to carry out November’s general election amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina Democrats are again taking legal action to challenge limits on absentee voting, warning that poll workers and voters “are headed for...

Santee Cooper will freeze utility rates for next four years

Jul. 31, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Santee Cooper Utility will freeze rates for all residential, commercial and lighting customers starting this month through December 2024. The 4-year rate freeze stems from a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit filed by customers after the South Carolina utility...

FILE- In this April 3, 2019, file photo, a casket is wheeled into the Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, N.J., where funeral services were scheduled for Samantha Josephson. Legislation stemming from the death of Josephson, the New Jersey woman and South Carolina student police say got into the car of an Uber impersonator, passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP, File)

House passes ride-sharing bill mandating matching ID's

Jul. 29, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Legislation stemming from the death of a New Jersey woman and University of South Carolina student police say got into the car of an Uber impersonator passed the U.S. House on Wednesday. The bipartisan bill requires ride-sharing firms like Uber and Lyft to match drivers and...

South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C., as officials with the South Carolina State Fair announced plans to hold a scaled-down, drive-thru version of of the event this year. Fair officials are calling the free event an effort to give the community a bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

There's only 1 ride at this year's SC State Fair -- your car

Jul. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There will be no rides or rows of games like ring toss, basketball or Whac-a-Mole, but officials with the South Carolina State Fair are still planning to hold a scaled-down version of the event this year in what they’re calling an effort to give the community a bright spot amid...