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S. Carolina civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

Dec. 6, 2019 4:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported. One of the first black women to practice law in South Carolina, Primus worked with the American Civil Liberties...

Lawson, South Carolina pull away for 84-80 win over UMass

Dec. 4, 2019 10:22 PM EST

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A.J. Lawson knew how important it was for a young South Carolina team to start out on the right foot on the road. The Gamecocks got the result they wanted in their first true road game of the season on Wednesday night, but they had to work for it. Lawson scored 24 points, Jermaine...

Booker extends 2020 campaign outreach to black men in South

Dec. 2, 2019 4:21 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker focused Monday on extending his campaign outreach to black men, holding a roundtable in South Carolina with roughly three dozen black male voters, some of whom said they have felt overlooked amid a focus on the electoral power of black...

Sanders: Scripture calls for renewed focus on justice in US

Dec. 1, 2019 2:24 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he vies for the chance to replace President Donald Trump, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he is running a campaign that, like Scripture, calls for a renewed focus on justice in the way all people should be treated. It’s a broad-based approach that the...

Amtrak train hits vehicle stuck on track as driver calls 911

Nov. 29, 2019 12:02 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say an intoxicated woman was on the phone with 911 when her stuck vehicle was hit by an Amtrak train in South Carolina. Columbia Police Officer P.J. Blendowski said neither Audreyanna Haggins or anyone on the train was hurt in the crash around 1 a.m. Friday near Columbia...

Rare view: Ex-Tiger Feaster now on South Carolina sideline

Nov. 29, 2019 10:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tavien Feaster has plenty experience in the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry, just not with this perspective. Feaster won two national titles as backup runner for the third-ranked Tigers (11-0; No. 3 College Football Payoff) the previous three years. But locked into reserve with Travis...

No criminal charges in public housing poisoning deaths of 2

Nov. 27, 2019 3:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed in the carbon monoxide deaths of two people at a Columbia public housing complex in part because South Carolina lacks a criminal negligence law, a prosecutor said Wednesday. The men died in January in separate apartments in the same building at the...

Harris hopes to make ‘magic’ with black women in SC

Nov. 23, 2019 9:06 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aside a wall of 2-foot-tall letters spelling out “Black Women Lead,” behind a podium bearing a “Black Women for Kamala” sign, Kamala Harris made an appeal Saturday to black women in South Carolina, a contingency whose support she sees as crucial to the...

Gurley carries Furman over NSIS Columbia International 90-45

Nov. 22, 2019 9:20 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Noah Gurley scored 16 points as Furman romped past Columbia International 90-45 on Friday night. During one 89-second span in the second half, Gurley scored on a dunk, made two free throws and dunked again, building the lead to 38 points. Jordan Lyons added 14 points for Furman...

Sheriff: School-based deputy had sex with student, arrested

Nov. 20, 2019 6:21 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former deputy working at a South Carolina high school had sex with a 17-year-old student in his patrol car while in uniform, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday. Lott said 40-year-old Jamel Bradley is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and the...