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South Carolina capital's mayor mandates masks in schools

Aug. 04, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of South Carolina's capital city has mandated the use of masks in city schools where some students are too young to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a move he says will protect vaccine-ineligible children amid the pandemic's resurgence. ...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 04, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

(Columbia) The State. Aug. 3, 2021. Editorial: SC native Raven Saunders’ Olympic protest is a case of no harm, no foul What would you do when the world is watching? Shot-putter and Charleston native Raven Saunders decided to...

SC gov hopeful would require vaccines for public students

Aug. 03, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Age-eligible South Carolina children would be required to show proof of coronavirus vaccination in order to attend public schools in the state, under a proposal introduced by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mia McLeod. The effort was rolled out...

SC senators hear rules on spending $2.5B in federal relief

Aug. 03, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Just a little more than a month after figuring out how to spend $11 billion in this year's state budget, South Carolina senators are starting to talk about how to spend $2.5 billion more of federal COVID-19 relief. The Senate subcommittee coming up...

Top prosecutor: Univ of South Carolina can't require masks

Aug. 03, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina can't lawfully require students and staff to wear face coverings on campus this fall, despite increasing cases of coronavirus, thanks to recent legislative action, according to the state's top prosecutor. Last week,...

COVID surge driving S Carolina pediatric ICUs to capacity

Aug. 02, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is pushing South Carolina’s pediatric ICUs to capacity, doctors said Monday. A drop in childhood vaccinations due to the pandemic and an increase in other viral diseases as people have stopped social distancing...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 30, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” —...

South Carolina extends pandemic food assistance benefits

Jul. 30, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolinians receiving federal food aid will continue to get extra emergency benefits through the end of the year, even though a pandemic-related state of emergency ended last month. State officials announced Friday that they were extending...

GOP govs, lawmakers supporting Mississippi anti-abortion law

Jul. 29, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

A dozen Republican governors and more than 200 GOP members of Congress are wading into a court fight over a Mississippi law to restrict abortion, the outcome of which could have implications for similar measures across the country. On Thursday, attorneys for South...

McMaster sued after turning down federal unemployment aid

Jul. 29, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Four jobless South Carolinians have sued Gov. Henry McMaster over his decision to exit the federal unemployment programs providing extra money to jobless residents earlier this summer. The residents said in a lawsuit filed in state court Wednesday...