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Medical University of South Carolina project manager Amy Jackson adjusts her face mask as healthcare providers dress in protective suiting, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., as they get ready to open the hospital's drive-thru tent for patients who are being tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Citadel Mall parking lot. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Shut down unlikely even as South Carolina virus cases rise

Jun. 1, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There are plenty of signs in the statistics that South Carolina is seeing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. Friday, Saturday and Sunday each had more than 300 new cases reported, the only days where new cases have topped 300 since the coronavirus was first detected...

Signs adorn the windows of a restaurant in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, May 31, 2020, a day after a peaceful protest in response to the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd devolved into violence in downtown Columbia. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Sheriff: Pause South Carolina protests after violence

Jun. 1, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 110 people were arrested over the weekend in South Carolina and several businesses and other property damaged in Columbia and Charleston as a small group of people broke away from peaceful protests in several cities across the state. As people cleaned up for the damage,...

Signs adorn the windows of a restaurant in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, May 31, 2020, a day after a peaceful protest in response to the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd devolved into violence in downtown Columbia. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Business owners awake to destruction after SC protests

Jun. 1, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some business owners in South Carolina swept up broken glass, boarded windows and took stock of ransacked shelves Sunday after protests erupted into violence across the state. Broken glass littered sidewalks outside storefronts in downtown Charleston, where restaurants and shops just...

Several days after Bertha, SC marks hurricane prep week

May. 30, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina may have been hit by surprise Tropical Storm Bertha several days ago, but the state's hurricane preparedness week is getting ready to start. Gov. Henry McMaster signed a proclamation declaring Sunday through next Saturday as South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week....

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks with reporters after the first meeting of accelerateSC, his advisory group about reopening the state economy, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC reopening group finishes work; jobless claims remain high

May. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The committee assigned by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to plan to reopen the state after the initial spread of the coronavirus and figure out how to spend $1.9 billion in federal money finished its work Thursday. Accelerate SC submitted its 50-page report with 42 recommendations...

South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, left, addresses the initial gathering of accelerateSC, a group tasked with advising Gov. Henry McMaster, center back, with task force leader James Burns and Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, right, on safely scaling the state's economy back up amid the new coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC health agency leader steps down during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of South Carolina's health agency announced Wednesday that he is stepping down after a health scare to spend more time with his family as the state continues to fight the coronavirus. Rick Toomey's decision to leave the Department of Health and Environmental Control came...

A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

May. 27, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming, making landfall within two hours and was downgraded before sundown, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems. Forecasters expected the bad weather, but didn't predict it to...

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)

Outbreak-related changes could mean record SC absentee votes

May. 26, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Coronavirus-related changes to this year’s South Carolina primary elections, including universal absentee voting, mean that elections officials are expecting a high volume of absentee ballots, as well as possibly a long wait for results. On Monday, a federal judge temporarily...

South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman addresses the initial gathering of accelerateSC, a group tasked with advising Gov. Henry McMaster on safely scaling the state's economy back up amid the new coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC education leader wants more summer school money

May. 25, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top education official wanted $115 million for summer school programs to get some of the state's most vulnerable students back on track after missing at least 10 weeks of in-person classes because of the coronavirus. But Accelerate SC, the state's special reopening...

A voter fills out her ballot at a primary polling place, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Judge: SC voters don't need witness to sign absentee ballot

May. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

A federal judge says people voting by absentee ballot in South Carolina don't have to have a witness sign the voting papers. U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs on Monday ordered South Carolina officials to not enforce the requirement for a witness signature on ballots in the June 9 primary or any ensuing...