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SC elementary reopening despite toxic 'Trash Mountain' fire

Aug. 19, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina elementary is reopening for the first day of school despite a smoldering, toxic fire in a 50-foot trash pile at a nearby recycling center. News outlets report Beaufort County School District decided to open Okatie Elementary as scheduled on Monday. It says a sensor at...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Former USC, South Carolina AD Mike McGee dies at 80

Aug. 16, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Southern California and South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee, a former Outland Trophy winner at Duke who hired Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier to lead Gamecocks football, died Friday. He was 80. The University of South Carolina announced McGee's death, while Southern...

Gamecocks tight end Kiel Pollard retiring due to spinal cyst

Aug. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina tight end Kiel Pollard is giving up football after a cyst was found on his spinal cord. The Gamecocks announced Pollard's decision Friday. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Pollard sustained a small fracture in his neck last week and was expected to miss up to six weeks. But...

'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid

Aug. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on the mind of his congregation. Would black voters be able to reconcile their conservative religious doctrine with voting for a gay candidate for president?...

South Carolina man sues Walmart after gas can explosion

Aug. 16, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is suing Walmart, saying a gas can that exploded and set him on fire was defective and should never have been sold to him at a Walmart store in Barnwell. In a federal lawsuit filed this month, Jamie Grubbs says he was using fuel as an accelerant for a fire in his...

'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid

Aug. 16, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race's only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj). The historically...

Helicopter pilot becomes 1st female Marine to pilot F-35 jet

Aug. 15, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A former commercial helicopter pilot has become the first female Marine to pilot the F-35, a next-generation joint strike fighter aircraft. The Island Packet reports Capt. Anneliese Satz completed her fighter jet training this summer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South...

Panthers' Ron Rivera says joint NFL practices are invaluable

Aug. 14, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera believes joint practices have become an invaluable part of today's NFL. The Panthers wrapped up two days of practices at Wofford College with the Buffalo Bills that he thinks will go a long way toward helping both teams prepare for the regular season. Unlike...

SC deputy caught in child sex sting by his own department

Aug. 14, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff's department says it caught one of its own deputies last week in a child sex sting that netted over a dozen other people. The State reports Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Deputy Derek Vandenham on Tuesday. Twelve other law...