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Riverbanks Zoo reopens with new reservation requirement

May. 24, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina zoo has reopened after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia welcomed back its first guests Saturday, but with much different rules. Visitors now must make a reservation for a specific time when they...

South Carolina high school WebEx meeting hacked, porn showed

May. 21, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A high school principal's online meeting to plan a virtual graduation ceremony was hijacked by someone who played porn videos for students and parents, news outlets reported. “As you might imagine I’m both mortified and angry,” Dreher High School Principal Kevin...

In this March 26, 2020, Patrick Goodman cuts Keith Donaldson's hair at Creative Image barber shop in Columbia, SC. South Carolina's governor has not given a stay at home order closing non-essential businesses, but Columbia did pass an order, which will close Goodman's shop. (AP Photo /Jeffrey Collins).

Virus means no fall break as shaggy in SC return to barbers

May. 18, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's major universities has a back-to-campus plan that cancels fall break next semester and ends in-person classes before Thanksgiving to avoid getting caught in a second wave of coronavirus infections. Also on Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster agreed to give the General...

S.C. police: Woman tried to kill son by setting car on fire

May. 18, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina's capital city have charged a woman with trying to kill her 14-month-old son by setting her car on fire. Columbia Police arrested 23-year-old Caylin Watson on Sunday, charging her with attempted murder, arson and child abuse. The son was taken to a burn center...

Public invited to funeral for vet who died alone in Missouri

May. 17, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A 71-year-old Air Force veteran died in Missouri with no family around him. Now, the funeral home handling his arrangements is inviting the public to attend his funeral. In the era of the coronavirus, restrictions will preclude the normal in-person gathering. So the Columbia Tribune...

Children of migrant workers from other states wait outside a railway station to catch a train to return to their hometowns, in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 15, 2020. The pandemic has exposed India's deep economic divide as millions of migrant workers have left Indian cities with luggage bags perched on their heads and children in their arms, walking down highways in desperate attempts to reach the countryside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

May. 16, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases. ...

Two abortion protesters stand outside the South Carolina House chambers on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. The General Assembly came back into session to discuss a resolution to allow the state to keep spending after the end of the fiscal year to have more time to write a budget after the economic crash from the coronavirus. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

SC Legislature OKs delaying budget; plans big Sept. return

May. 12, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina General Assembly finally passed a resolution Tuesday to allow state government to keep spending after the fiscal year ends as lawmakers try to get a handle on the damage to the economy done by the coronavirus. They then ended the regular session. Lawmakers might not...

The South Carolina Supreme Court met Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Columbia, S.C., for its first- ever oral arguments via teleconference. The Court heard concerns over potential difficulties of voting in this year’s elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, as social distancing recommendations remain in place. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Via video hearing, SC court mulls absentee voting expansion

May. 12, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — At its first-ever oral argument via teleconference, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard concerns over potential difficulties of voting in this year’s elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, as social distancing recommendations remain in place. Hours later, state lawmakers...

Servers wearing masks wait on customers on the deck of Dead Dog Saloon in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Rules for outdoor dining in South Carolina amid the coronavirus were relaxed on Monday. May 4, 2020. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Indoor dining to resume in S.C.; VA workers cite virus fears

May. 10, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina restaurants can reopen for inside dining on Monday as concerns continue to be voiced about protecting workers and others in the COVID-19 pandemic. The state reported 113 new confirmed infections and the death of an older person in Marion County on Sunday, pushing South...

Deputies: SC nail salon shut down after violating order

May. 8, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Deputies in South Carolina said a nail salon was shut down after it was caught operating despite the state’s closure of close-contact businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Richland County deputies also ticketed the owner of A.M Nail Bar in Columbia on Wednesday after...