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South Carolina House and Senate to take an early break

Jan. 18, 2021 9:23 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The full South Carolina House and Senate are taking a short break this week. The House won't meet at all and the Senate is only meeting on Thursday. But lawmakers won't get time off. Leaders in both chambers are asking them to hold committee and subcommittee meetings online so they...

Ex-Myrtle Beach mayor dies of COVID-19 as S.C. cases grow

Jan. 17, 2021 4:03 PM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A former mayor of the South Carolina city of Myrtle Beach has died of complications from COVID-19, the city reported Sunday. The city’s website says John Rhodes died Saturday night. Rhodes served as mayor from January 2006 through December 2017. The news of his death...

SC's King Day at the Dome rally going virtual in 2021

Jan. 17, 2021 1:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than 20 years, a South Carolina civil rights organization isn't holding a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally at the Statehouse. The South Carolina NAACP will hold its annual King Day at the Dome celebration online Monday instead. The decision was made because...

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...

A State Law Enforcement Division agent protects the lobby of the South Carolina Statehouse on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Columbia, S.C.  Uniformed security joined the legislative security that typically wears business suits after threats against capitals across the U.S. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

National threats of violence close South Carolina Statehouse

Jan. 15, 2021 4:34 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Statehouse is closing for five days after the FBI warned capitols in every U.S. state could be targets for violence. Police did not share any specific threats to the Statehouse, if there are any. But the building is being closed Saturday through Wednesday's...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2020, file photo then-Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks at a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C. Harrison, the failed South Carolina Senate candidate and longtime Democratic Party official, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

Biden taps Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic chairman

Jan. 14, 2021 6:49 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jaime Harrison - a longtime Democratic Party official and fundraising powerhouse who failed in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham - is Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, the president-elect announced Thursday. Harrison is expected to be elected without any...

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...

An officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources stands in the lobby of the Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Dozens of extra security officers have been stationed in and around the Statehouse due to security concerns following last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC Legislature takes days off amid COVID, security worries

Jan. 14, 2021 2:42 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The full House and Senate in South Carolina are taking a few days off next week, including Wednesday's presidential inauguration day when the FBI has warned state governments there could be violence at their capitols. With the session just beginning this week, leaders in both chambers...

Teacher raises back in consideration in South Carolina

Jan. 14, 2021 12:53 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina House committee has approved a bill to reinstate some teacher raises into this year's budget. The House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously Thursday to advance the bill to the full House. The bill would restore “step increase” raises for teachers,...

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...