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Suits: Teens sexually assaulted, beaten at juvenile center

Aug. 13, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina lawsuits allege that four teenage girls were sexually assaulted and another beaten at a state juvenile facility last December. The alleged incidents occurred during a Dec. 15 riot at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice evaluation center in Columbia,...

Authorities: Inmate used cellphone to order violent crimes

Aug. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina inmate imprisoned on armed robbery and burglary charges used a cellphone to order violent crimes on multiple people from inside prison and now faces new charges, authorities said Tuesday. Harvester Jackson, incarcerated at Kirkland Correctional Institution in...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 12, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Index-Journal on food trucks: If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it has taught us that getting a bite to eat isn’t what it used to be. Grab ’n’ go, curbside pickup has paved the way of the future, and owners of...

Bogart named president of Columbia College

Aug. 11, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Columbia College has a new person at the helm. The school's Board of Trustees on Monday named William T. Bogart as the school's 20th president. Bogart, 56, previously served as president of Maryville College in Tennessee from 2010 to 2020. During his tenure, he led two strategic...

Child safe after being held as shield; 2 deputies injured

Aug. 10, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two deputies were injured along with a man who was holding a child “as a human shield” during a shootout at an apartment complex, a sheriff in South Carolina said. The shooting with a man out on bond on a 2017 murder charge happened Sunday afternoon near Columbia as...

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...