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People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii to let some visitors avoid quarantine

Jun. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

The latest on the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak around the world: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — International aid group says data in some countries show sharp discrepancy between coronavirus cases in men and women. — US virus cases surge to highest...

State Rep. Terry Alexander turns around to talk to fellow lawmakers during a South Carolina House session on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. The House approved how to spend $1.9 billion in COVID-19 aid from the federal government. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

SC sets new COVID-19 case record; $1.2B federal money spent

Jun. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have approved spending about $1.2 billion in federal relief money to handle COVID-19 on an extra five days of school, replenishing the state's jobless fund and creating their own stockpile of protective equipment. The 109-2 vote by the House on Wednesday...

South Carolina lawmakers stand for eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence in honor of George Floyd, killed by a Minneapolis police officer, during a session of the South Carolina House on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. The leader of the conservative, Republican-dominated chamber asked for

8:46 of silence in conservative S Carolina House for Floyd

Jun. 24, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s conservative Republican-dominated House stood in eight minutes and 46 seconds of “thoughtful prayer" Tuesday. Rep. Chris Hart, a Black Democrat from Columbia, asked lawmakers to not just have a moment of silence, but to stand quietly the entire time...

Polling manager Diana Belton shows a roll of voting stickers as people arrive to vote in the Democratic presidential primary in Hopkins, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Powerful state senator survives runoff challenge in SC

Jun. 23, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's most powerful senators survived a runoff challenge Tuesday. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin won the Republican nomination for his Horry County seat after being pushed to a runoff by financial planner John Gallman, who said Rankin wasn't...

South Carolina Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia, walks across the Senate chamber on Tuesday, June, 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Senators were meeting to debate how to spend nearly $2 billion in federal money for COVID-19 relief (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC Senate spends $1.2B in COVID-19 relief with little debate

Jun. 23, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate approved a plan Tuesday to spend $1.2 billion in federal relief money to combat COVID-19. Senators voted 43-0 on a bill that nearly mirrors Gov. Henry McMaster's suggestions on how to spend the money by reimbursing a trust fund to pay unemployment benefits....

McCoy unanimous pick to be South Carolina's new US attorney

Jun. 21, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former state lawmaker is now officially the top federal prosecutor in South Carolina. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Peter McCoy to be the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina on Thursday. President Donald Trump nominated McCoy to the job earlier this year after the previous top...

A vote here sign is seen outside a polling place during the South Carolina primary, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Runoffs Tuesday in SC, only about half of counties voting

Jun. 20, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Polls will open again Tuesday in South Carolina for runoffs from the primaries two weeks before, but only in about half the state. There are no statewide runoffs and the nominations for all seven of the state's U.S. House seats have been decided. Only three of the 46 state Senate...

A statue honoring J. Marion Sims is seen outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. Sims, who was white, has been honored as the father of modern gynecology, but he did experimental work on female slaves without anesthesia. Some activists want his statue removed and the University of South Carolina wants to remove his name from a campus residence hall for women. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

University of South Carolina asks to change residence name

Jun. 16, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina is joining Clemson University in asking the South Carolina Legislature to change the name of a building that honors a gynecologist who conducted experiments on female slaves. If trustees agree on Friday, the University of South Carolina will ask to...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks at a COVID-19 briefing on Friday, April 3, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC Senate objects to governor's emergency virus orders

May. 13, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate rebuked Gov. Henry McMaster for part of his coronavirus response, saying he should have gotten permission from lawmakers to continue the state of emergency for the pandemic over two months. The resolution rapping McMaster's knuckles Tuesday was the last...