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SC pharmaceutical plant adds 380 jobs in $215M expansion

Jul. 11, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A pharmaceutical plant in South Carolina has announced a $215 million expansion, that will create 380 new jobs. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp., in a news release Friday, said the expansion would include adding new office, warehouse and vaccine production space at its plant in Lexington...

South Carolina Railroad Museum reopening for summer rides

Jul. 11, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Railroad Museum is reopening train rides for the summer this weekend. Passengers will be able to book tickets online for rides scheduled starting Saturday, the museum said in a news release. Passengers in the open air coach cars or privately booked caboose trains...

COVID-19 testing costs now reimbursable for uninsured in SC

Jul. 11, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications to reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance. Tests provided by healthcare providers enrolled in Healthy Connections Medicaid on or after March 18 are covered...

South Carolina woman's story of race relations offers hope

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Racial tensions right now are troubling to Cynthia M. Gary, a physician assistant who lives in North Carolina. She grew up in Greenwood and graduated from Greenwood High School. Gary, 46, has a hopeful story about race relations that has been published in two of the more than 350...

Demonstrators dressed in civil war attire participate in a flag ceremony in front of a Confederate statue at the Statehouse, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Demonstrators gathered for the five year anniversary after the Confederate battle flag was removed from the Statehouse grounds after a two-thirds vote by the legislature. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Protester: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag’s removal

Jul. 10, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Counterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said “All Lives Matter,” as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina’s capitol building to mark the five-year anniversary of the state's removal of the Confederate battle flag...

South Carolina high court temporarily bans no-knock warrants

Jul. 10, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily ordered judges to stop issuing "no-knock" search warrants. The announcement, signed by Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty on Friday, said circuit and summary judges cannot sign off on the warrants until they receive further instruction from...

FILE - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks with reporters after the first meeting of accelerateSC, his advisory group about reopening the state economy, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Some governors across the U.S., especially in Republican-leaning states, have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings. McMaster, who has refused a statewide mask order even as confirmed cases rise swiftly and the state's rate of positive tests is three times the recommended level. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, file)

In effort to stem outbreak, SC shuts off late-night boozing

Jul. 10, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In an effort to stem South Carolina's raging coronavirus outbreak, particularly among young adults he says are gathering in unsafe groupings, Gov. Henry McMaster is shutting off the late-night sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants across the state. McMaster on Friday said that,...

Police: 2nd man charged in death of 11-year-old girl

Jul. 10, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A second man has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of an 11-year-old South Carolina girl last year, authorities said. Desmond Bruton, 21, was charged Thursday with murder, four counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, news outlets...

South Carolina HBCUs get $2.4M to boost distance-learning

Jul. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The eight historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina are getting more than $2 million for technology upgrades, part of emergency relief parceled out from a federal funding package related to the coronavirus outbreak. Gov. Henry McMaster's office said Thursday that...

Boaters rescue 2 after plane crash at Lake Jocassee

Jul. 9, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

SALEM, S.C. (AP) — Two people have been rescued after the small float plane they were in crashed into a South Carolina lake. A man and woman were not hurt following Wednesday's accident on Lake Jocassee, Oconee County Emergency Services Deputy Chief David Owens said. They were helped from the wreckage by...