Latest Columbia News

Mental hospital patient died in dogpile; no charges filed

Jul. 14, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A patient at a state mental hospital in South Carolina died earlier this year after being at the bottom of a dogpile of several employees — something specifically prohibited in their training. Three of the 13 employees involved in the death of 35-year-old William Avant in...

Suspect in courthouse pipe bombs unsuccessfully sued county

Jul. 10, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man who federal agents said exploded two bombs outside a South Carolina courthouse had his lawsuit about poor jail conditions in the same county thrown out just days earlier. The Tuesday arrest of Michael Seabrooke caused a stir in Pickens County after he told agents he threw other...

SC public utility gets new CEO at double the previous salary

Jul. 9, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As lawmakers debate if South Carolina's publicly owned utility should continue to exist, the board that runs the company voted Tuesday to hire a new leader and pay him double the salary of its last permanent director. Mark Bonsall started as Santee Cooper's CEO immediately after the...

The Latest: Biden says comments taken out of context

Jun. 23, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Joe Biden says his controversial comments about segregationists have been taken out of context. At a fundraiser earlier this week, Biden recalled that in his early days in the Senate, a...

2020 Democrats strongly defend abortion rights at forum

Jun. 22, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election. The event...

Harris, Warren, others counter Biden's electability argument

Jun. 22, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Standing before a throng of party faithful in a key early primary state, Joe Biden's leading rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sought Saturday to undercut the former vice president's argument that he's the ideal Democrat to oust President Donald Trump. They did it...

Dems' presidential field takes spotlight in South Carolina

Jun. 22, 2019 2:00 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Almost the entire sprawling Democratic presidential field of more than 20 candidates took the same stage Friday in the South's first primary state, looking to make connections in a primary battleground that has helped propel the party's last two nominees. Former Vice President Joe...

The Latest: Democratic candidates make rapid-fire appeals

Jun. 21, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Nearly all of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have made rapid-fire appeals to hundreds of cheering, sweating supporters at the "world famous" fish fry hosted by South Carolina...

Man sitting in SC backyard killed by tree toppled in storm

Jun. 21, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 61-year-old man has died after he was hit by a falling tree toppled by strong winds from a severe thunderstorm in South Carolina. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said George William Lebby was sitting in his backyard in Columbia when he was killed around 4:20 p.m....

5 networks launch protest of South Carolina Dems' MSNBC deal

Jun. 21, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five major networks are protesting the South Carolina Democratic Party's decision to grant MSNBC exclusive live rights to show this weekend's party convention. Officials from C-SPAN, CBS News, ABC News, CNN and the Fox News Channel want the party to reverse its decision, which places...