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Beshear to co-chair national task force on economic recovery

Jan. 21, 2021 4:16 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has been chosen to help lead a national task force that will offer guidance to states on economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Governors Association said Wednesday that Beshear will serve as co-chairman of its Economic Recovery and...

Jennifer Van Aernem, Director of Education at the Conway Medical Center (CMC) holds a vial of the Pfizer issued coronavirus vaccine. The CMC took delivery of 975 doses of the Pfizer issued COVID-19 vaccination on Monday and immediately began vaccinating hospital staff. By Monday afternoon 105 workers had registered to get the two-part vaccination. December 14, 2020.(Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

SC adds some parents to vaccine list amid high demand

Jan. 20, 2021 5:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials have slightly expanded the pool of people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination as seniors and some health care workers continue to struggle to secure access to the lifesaving vaccine. State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell announced Wednesday that parents...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 20, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Index-Journal on calls for the U.S. to heal and unite: This was being written just 24 hours before noon today, well before the sun had set Tuesday or risen today over the U.S. Capitol. Much has been done ahead of today’s events, ahead of the...

McMaster asks hospitals to cut down on elective procedures

Jan. 15, 2021 4:44 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster asked hospitals Friday to cut down on elective procedures, citing staffing shortages stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to the South Carolina Hospital Association, McMaster wrote that a rise in COVID-19 patients, virus testing...

Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina listen during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Jan. 14, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The heartbeat abortion bill has stalled in recent years, but appears to have a good chance of passing in 2021.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Heartbeat abortion ban may finally pass in South Carolina

Jan. 14, 2021 4:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are again considering a bill that would ban most abortions in the state and it seems much more likely to pass this time thanks to conservative gains in the General Assembly and at the U.S. Supreme Court. The ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, center, gives his State of the State address, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC governor defends COVID-19 response in State of the State

Jan. 13, 2021 8:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster praised South Carolina for its efforts to fight COVID-19 and defended his decisions to shut down the fewest things possible during the pandemic in his State of the State address on Wednesday. The annual speech by the governor to both tout...

Dominion puts SC rate increase on hold for at least 6 months

Jan. 11, 2021 5:43 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dominion Energy agreed Monday to delay its request to raise electric rates in South Carolina for six months because of economic problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia-based utility asked regulators to approve a 7.7% rate hike it said was needed to pay for improvements...

SC governor seeks $19M for Greenville conference center

Jan. 11, 2021 3:23 PM EST

South Carolina’s governor is seeking $19 million for construction of a new conference center in Greenville. Gov. Henry McMaster requested funding for the project in the budget proposal he sent to state lawmakers Friday, the Greenville News reported. Plans call for building the South Carolina Art &...

South Carolina to start vaccinating elderly this week

Jan. 11, 2021 1:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will let people ages 70 and older schedule appointments for the coronavirus vaccine starting Wednesday. State officials said Monday that they were confident the majority of people in the state's earliest phase who wanted to be vaccinated — healthcare workers and...

S. Carolina hospitals can now vaccinate patients 65 and over

Jan. 8, 2021 4:15 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hospitals can now start vaccinating South Carolina patients aged 65 and older against COVID-19 Friday, as the state announced yet another record-high daily count of nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says hospitals can...