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South Carolina approves 2nd round of federal COVID-19 aid

Sep. 23, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers agreed Wednesday on how to spend the remaining $693 million in federal money meant to help pay for COVID-19 expenses. Most of the money — $420 million — will go to replenish the state's unemployment fund, keeping businesses from having to pay...

A voter casts a ballot in the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

SC witness signature order appealed as mail ballots go out

Sep. 23, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Republican leaders and the state election commission are appealing a federal court order that struck down a requirement that voters get a witness to sign their absentee ballots in the coronavirus pandemic. Their appeal poses a challenge for election officials trying...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 23, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 21 The Post and Courier on flood mitigation bills: It’s only been within the past five or so years that Charleston and other coastal communities have come to recognize the existential threat posed by rising sea waters, and now our biggest...

Principal Susan Stevens talks to the media during a demonstration of a socially-distanced classroom at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering Monday, July 20, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

S Carolina teachers stay home to advocate for pay, safety

Sep. 23, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina teachers took a personal day Wednesday to fight for safer classrooms amid the pandemic as well as an annual small raise that was frozen after the economy crashed because of the virus. Unlike May 2019, when SC for Ed brought 10,000 people to the Statehouse for a...

COVID-19 surge testing team arrives in S. Carolina capital

Sep. 19, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federally funded initiative to ramp up coronavirus testing in the nation's hotspots has arrived in South Carolina's capital city. People ages 5 and older will be able to access free tests through self-administered nasal swabs at two locations in Columbia for the next two weeks...

People fill the beach in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Saturday, July 4 as coronavirus cases continue to surge. At least 41,413 people in South Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 787 have died, according to state health officials. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)

South Carolina unemployment falls, but tourism jobs vanish

Sep. 18, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s unemployment picture has improved overall, with 20,000 people finding work and businesses reopening as they adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. But restaurants, hotels and other tourism businesses continue to struggle, having lost more jobs even in the height of...

SC justices reopen courtroom with school funding lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Meeting in person for oral arguments for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday over whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in federal pandemic relief funds to private schools. A...

Kim Rulf, of Greenville, South Carolina, attends a protest on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, calling for Gov. Henry McMaster to end the state of emergency issued for the coronavirus pandemic and for lawmakers to remove mask mandates across the state. About 50 people gathered without wearing masks at the Capitol building on the morning the state legislature was set to begin a two-week special session. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

SC's governor signs into law new COVID-19 election rules

Sep. 16, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Wednesday changes in South Carolina voting rules allowing anyone to cast an absentee ballot without a reason in November's general election to help fight the spread of COVID-19. But the changes passed by the Republican dominated...

Senate Sergeant At Arms Chuck Williams, right, listens as the South Carolina Senate holds its session on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The Senate is meeting in a special session this week. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

SC House leader wants raises and bonuses, but not now

Sep. 16, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that money. Instead, House Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith...

Kim Rulf, of Greenville, South Carolina, attends a protest on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, calling for Gov. Henry McMaster to end the state of emergency issued for the coronavirus pandemic and for lawmakers to remove mask mandates across the state. About 50 people gathered without wearing masks at the Capitol building on the morning the state legislature was set to begin a two-week special session. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

SC lawmakers seek oversight on gov's emergency declarations

Sep. 16, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some lawmakers Wednesday called for a more comprehensive plan to manage the coronavirus pandemic, including legislative oversight of the string of emergency declarations issued by Gov. Henry McMaster since mid-March. “How long will these limitations last? Is there a case number...