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Family pedigree, friends and merit mark SC judge choosing

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ancestors, family pedigrees, old friendships, college ties, easy cheer and even merit were all part of the mix last week in a ritual where candidates for South Carolina’s open judgeships parade before a judicial screening commission to see if they have the right stuff to make...

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard gestures from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Bowling Green, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Newcomers lead No. 25 Michigan to win over Bowling Green

Nov. 25, 2020 7:57 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mike Smith was in the starting lineup and made his presence felt right away. Chaundee Brown came off the bench and eventually led Michigan in scoring. These two transfers certainly look ready to contribute. Brown scored 18 of his 19 points in the second half and Smith had 16 points...

FILE - In a Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCANA Corp., speaks to the media at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, S.C. The Securities and Exchange Commission sued SCANA Corp., its subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas along with the utility's former CEO Kevin Marsh and Executive Vice President Stephen Byrne on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Federal officials say two former executives at a South Carolina utility, former CEO Kevin Marsh and Executive Vice President Stephen Byrne lied repeatedly to regulators and investors about the progress of construction of two nuclear reactors, taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of the pockets of investors and ratepayers. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Former executive faces prison time in SC nuclear debacle

Nov. 25, 2020 3:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The executive who spent billions of dollars on two South Carolina nuclear plants that never generated a single watt of power is almost certain to spend time in prison. Former SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh signed a deal Tuesday agreeing to plead guilty to felony fraud charges in federal...

University of SC president tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 25, 2020 2:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen said Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Caslen said he tested positive Tuesday evening and is isolating at home, according to a news release, which added that he is asymptomatic. Caslen, who was chosen to head...

3-day ticket blitz, 130 $100 citations for going maskless

Nov. 23, 2020 7:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A three-day ticket blitz in South Carolina’s capital city brought 130 citations for going unmasked in public places despite the coronavirus pandemic — and the fire chief says more are coming. “I don’t mind tipping my hand,” Columbia Fire Chief...

Rain sends smaller SC Christmas tree lighting event inside

Nov. 22, 2020 1:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A chance of rain is moving the annual lighting of South Carolina's Christmas tree inside the Statehouse and because of COVID-19 the public won't be able to attend in person. The ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and South Carolina Education Television will show it on air and online....

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, introduces former college football coach Lou Holtz during a campaign stop in Butler, Pa. Holtz has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 83-year-old former college football coach confirmed the test Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, to Columbia, S.C., TV station WOLO. “I don’t have a lot of energy right now,” Holtz told the ABC station. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Former football coach Lou Holtz tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 19, 2020 10:49 PM EST

COLUMBIA. S.C. (AP) — Lou Holtz has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 83-year-old former college football coach confirmed the test Thursday to Columbia TV station WOLO. “I don’t have a lot of energy right now,” Holtz told the ABC station. Holtz led Notre Dame to the 1988...

Missouri's Jalen Knox (9) and teammate Shawn Hendershot (81) celebrate following an NCAA college football game against Kentucky Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 20-10. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Missouri's Drinkwitz seeking more success vs South Carolina

Nov. 19, 2020 12:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz has some good memories of playing at South Carolina. He hopes to make a few more this week. It was a year ago that Drinkwitz, then the coach at Appalachian State, brought the highly overmatched Mountaineers into Williams-Brice Stadium in what was expected...

University to get Apple store run by students

Nov. 17, 2020 3:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina announced on Tuesday that a store selling Apple products is coming to its campus in Columbia in early 2021 — and will be managed largely by students as part of their curriculum. It will be the second store of its kind in the U.S. that is...

Squirrelly situation: Critter causes South Carolina outages

Nov. 16, 2020 5:21 PM EST

A section of South Carolina's capital city was without power Monday after a squirrel scurrying across equipment caused damage that led to a blackout. Dominion Energy said the critter caused the outages in downtown Columbia. “The squirrel came into contact with the protective device around the transformer,"...