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South Carolina governor called for jury duty

Dec. 1, 2020 4:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster reported for jury duty Monday, declining a chance to be excused because of his age and position. The State reported that McMaster, 73, was simply known as Juror 312 during the screening process where potential jurors answered questions. ...

Winter Weather Preparedness Week to start in South Carolina

Nov. 28, 2020 10:37 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Emergency officials in South Carolina want residents across the state to spend next week preparing for winter and possible icy weather over the next three months. Winter Weather Preparedness Week starts Sunday, according to a proclamation by Gov. Henry McMaster. Residents should make...

Principal Susan Stevens talks to the media during a demonstration of a socially-distanced classroom at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering Monday, July 20, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Rapid COVID-19 tests for SC schools in place next week

Nov. 27, 2020 11:56 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The new rapid result COVID-19 tests promised to South Carolina schools by Gov. Henry McMaster should be at some districts by the start of school next week, education officials said. McMaster signed an executive order Wednesday giving state health officials permission to begin rolling...

McMaster wants utility to stop vying for rate hike on bills

Nov. 24, 2020 2:59 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is calling on Dominion Energy to abandon a request to raise customers' power bills for an additional $178 million annual profit amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the utility Tuesday, the governor highlighted the economic difficulties...

Thanksgiving week opens with COVID-19 testing at SC airport

Nov. 22, 2020 12:08 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As the Thanksgiving week begins, South Carolina's chief medical school is joining with the Charleston airport to give free COVID-19 tests. The testing site will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the fourth floor of the daily parking garage...

S.C. Death row inmate declines to choose execution method

Nov. 20, 2020 6:29 PM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has declined to select how he should be executed, furthering a potential showdown over the state's use of lethal injection. Lindsey Vann, an attorney for inmate Richard Bernard Moore, told The Herald-Journal on Friday that Moore declined to choose between...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, left, looks on in West Columbia, S.C. Like many states, South Carolina later experienced a surge in infections that forced McMaster to dial back his reopening plan. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

McMaster: Get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving

Nov. 19, 2020 7:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In his first public briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in more than two months, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday doubled down on his pledge to not impose new restrictions to curb COVID-19. Instead, the governor debuted a new slogan ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday,...

FILE - This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the new death row at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C. The state Supreme Court has scheduled an execution date of Dec. 4, 2020 for Richard Bernard Moore, who was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg, S.C. Moore has spent the past 19 years on death row. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

South Carolina schedules execution but doesn't have drugs

Nov. 18, 2020 6:53 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state of South Carolina has scheduled what could be its first execution in nearly a decade, but corrections officials say they don't have any lethal injection drugs to carry it out. The State Supreme Court set a Dec. 4 execution date for Richard Bernard Moore, a 55-year-old man...

A container of sanitizing wipes sits at the entrance of a second grade classroom as media members attend a demonstration of a socially-distanced classroom at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering Monday, July 20, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

SC leaders suggest caution but not canceling holiday plans

Nov. 16, 2020 12:57 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, South Carolina health officials are urging people to get tested for COVID-19 before gathering for the holidays, to wear masks whenever they aren't eating, and to celebrate outside if possible. But so far, health officials aren’t...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster listens as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, after winning re-election, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Unemployment taxes won't rise as SC pays out millions weekly

Nov. 12, 2020 1:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Although the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has strained South Carolina's unemployment trust fund, the state won't raise unemployment taxes on most businesses next year, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Thursday. Instead, the state legislature has replenished the fund...