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Hundreds break social distance mandates after USC game

Oct. 1, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Several parties and large gatherings coinciding with the University of South Carolina’s football game had to be broken up Saturday, as people celebrated the first game of the season, police said. Columbia Police told The State newspaper Wednesday that three social distancing...

Former FBI director James Comey testifies via videoconference during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, to examine the FBI

GOP lawmakers grill Comey on leadership of Russia probe

Sep. 30, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday confronted former FBI Director James Comey about his oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation during a politically charged hearing that focused attention on problems with the probe that have become a rallying cry for President Donald Trump's...

University of SC to freeze tuition for next academic year

Sep. 30, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — University of South Carolina will freeze tuition for students during the next academic year, the school’s president said Wednesday. President Bob Caslen made the announcement in a speech, saying in his remarks that the school “must make higher education affordable and...

Once daily newspaper closes after 170 years in S. Carolina

Sep. 30, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

COLUMBIA S.C. (AP) — A once daily newspaper in South Carolina announced on Wednesday's front page that it just published its final edition after 170 years. The Union Times story blamed the paper's demise on COVID-19, saying the economic downturn caused by the pandemic was too much to survive. The story was...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 30, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 28 The Times and Democrat on violence against women: For a society that professes to celebrate women, disturbing realities remain. A national survey in 2019 concluded that one in 16 U.S. women say their first sexual experience was forced or coerced...

Loaded weapon found at SC high school; investigation ongoing

Sep. 30, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina high school and middle school were placed on lockdown Wednesday after a loaded gun was found in a student’s backpack. The City of Simpsonville, in a news release, said the school resource officer at Hillcrest High was told at about 9:15 a.m. that a student...

Judge stops $75M state payment to SC private law firms

Sep. 30, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has temporarily blocked private attorneys from receiving $75 million from South Carolina for helping the state negotiate a settlement with the federal government over nuclear material left at the Savannah River Site. A lawyer for a public watchdog group called the fees...

West Virginia names top teacher, school service worker

Sep. 30, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fifth-grade instructor from Upshur County has been selected as West Virginia's Teacher of the Year. Erin Anderson was selected over four other finalists Tuesday, the state Department of Education said in a news release. Anderson teaches at Tennerton Elementary School in...

Couple sentenced in South Carolina for rent-to-own scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A couple who ran a rent-to-own scheme that marketed itself as a Christian organization promising to create a “win-win” scenario for home buyers and sellers were sentenced to prison Tuesday in South Carolina. Federal Judge Timothy Cain also ordered Michael...

A worker holds stickers at a polling place for the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changing absentee rules leave South Carolina voters confused

Sep. 29, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A flurry of federal court rulings this month over whether South Carolinians need witnesses to sign their mail-in ballots this November has left many confused and frustrated as voting registration deadlines approach, with absentee voting beginning in less than a week. The rulings stem...