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FILE - This Monday, April 16, 2018, file photo, shows a sign outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C. South Carolina's attorney general says 29 inmates have been charged in connection with a riot at the facility in 2018 that left seven inmates dead and 22 injured. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

29 inmates charged in deadly 2018 South Carolina prison riot

Dec. 3, 2020 9:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty-nine inmates have been charged in connection with a South Carolina prison riot that left seven inmates dead and 22 injured in 2018, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday. The charges were filed against the inmates at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville,...

Coastal Carolina routs Columbia International 113-56

Dec. 3, 2020 8:50 PM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Essam Mostafa had 25 points and 15 rebounds as Coastal Carolina routed Columbia International 113-56 on Thursday night. Ebrima Dibba had 16 points, six assists and six steals for Coastal Carolina (2-0). Deanthony Tipler added 15 points, and DeVante' Jones had 14 points and five steals....

South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas presides over the House's organization session Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Lucas was first elected Speaker for the 2015 session. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Republican SC House meets; leaders pledge continued kindness

Dec. 1, 2020 3:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A slightly more Republican South Carolina House met Tuesday to elect its leaders, pick seats and organize for the 2021 session that begins in January, as leaders pledged to continue working with kindness. There were no contentious fights over Speaker, House Clerk or other positions....

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic Senate hopeful Jaime Harrison of South Carolina on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

South Carolina capital city mayor to head US diplomacy group

Dec. 1, 2020 2:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of South Carolina's capital city is taking on a leadership role at an international organization that aims to supplement the United States' national defense by strengthening the civilian tools of development and diplomacy. Officials announced Monday that Columbia Mayor...

SC House to meet this week to organize, not pass bills

Nov. 29, 2020 12:52 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — All 124 members of the South Carolina House are returning to Columbia this week, but the goal is to organize, not to pass bills. The House plans to meet Tuesday and Wednesday to get ready for the 124th session of the General Assembly that is scheduled to start Jan. 12. The 15 new...

Family pedigree, friends and merit mark SC judge choosing

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ancestors, family pedigrees, old friendships, college ties, easy cheer and even merit were all part of the mix last week in a ritual where candidates for South Carolina’s open judgeships parade before a judicial screening commission to see if they have the right stuff to make...

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard gestures from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Bowling Green, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Newcomers lead No. 25 Michigan to win over Bowling Green

Nov. 25, 2020 7:57 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mike Smith was in the starting lineup and made his presence felt right away. Chaundee Brown came off the bench and eventually led Michigan in scoring. These two transfers certainly look ready to contribute. Brown scored 18 of his 19 points in the second half and Smith had 16 points...

FILE - In a Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCANA Corp., speaks to the media at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, S.C. The Securities and Exchange Commission sued SCANA Corp., its subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas along with the utility's former CEO Kevin Marsh and Executive Vice President Stephen Byrne on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Federal officials say two former executives at a South Carolina utility, former CEO Kevin Marsh and Executive Vice President Stephen Byrne lied repeatedly to regulators and investors about the progress of construction of two nuclear reactors, taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of the pockets of investors and ratepayers. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Former executive faces prison time in SC nuclear debacle

Nov. 25, 2020 3:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The executive who spent billions of dollars on two South Carolina nuclear plants that never generated a single watt of power is almost certain to spend time in prison. Former SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh signed a deal Tuesday agreeing to plead guilty to felony fraud charges in federal...

University of SC president tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 25, 2020 2:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen said Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Caslen said he tested positive Tuesday evening and is isolating at home, according to a news release, which added that he is asymptomatic. Caslen, who was chosen to head...

3-day ticket blitz, 130 $100 citations for going maskless

Nov. 23, 2020 7:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A three-day ticket blitz in South Carolina’s capital city brought 130 citations for going unmasked in public places despite the coronavirus pandemic — and the fire chief says more are coming. “I don’t mind tipping my hand,” Columbia Fire Chief...