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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks with reporters after the first meeting of accelerateSC, his advisory group about reopening the state economy, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC reopening group finishes work; jobless claims remain high

May. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The committee assigned by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to plan to reopen the state after the initial spread of the coronavirus and figure out how to spend $1.9 billion in federal money finished its work Thursday. Accelerate SC submitted its 50-page report with 42 recommendations...

South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, left, addresses the initial gathering of accelerateSC, a group tasked with advising Gov. Henry McMaster, center back, with task force leader James Burns and Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, right, on safely scaling the state's economy back up amid the new coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC health agency leader steps down during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of South Carolina's health agency announced Wednesday that he is stepping down after a health scare to spend more time with his family as the state continues to fight the coronavirus. Rick Toomey's decision to leave the Department of Health and Environmental Control came...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 27, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ May 26 The Post and Courier on absentee mail-in ballots requiring a witness signature: The Legislature removed South Carolina’s biggest impediment to voting amid the pandemic when it passed a law this month to let all registered voters cast absentee...

A vote here sign is seen outside a polling place during the South Carolina primary, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Outbreak-related changes could mean record SC absentee votes

May. 26, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Coronavirus-related changes to this year’s South Carolina primary elections, including universal absentee voting, mean that elections officials are expecting a high volume of absentee ballots, as well as possibly a long wait for results. On Monday, a federal judge temporarily...

A voter fills out her ballot at a primary polling place, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Judge: SC voters don't need witness to sign absentee ballot

May. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

A federal judge says people voting by absentee ballot in South Carolina don't have to have a witness sign the voting papers. U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs on Monday ordered South Carolina officials to not enforce the requirement for a witness signature on ballots in the June 9 primary or any ensuing...

Erin Darnell, left, digital integration specialist for Anderson School District Five, talks about K3 and K4 study packets with North Pointe Elementary School Principal Jill Gilreath on Monday, March 16, 2020.(Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP)

SC schools to have both in-person and virtual graduations

May. 24, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — High school graduation season is getting ready to start in South Carolina, and a quite a few students will be able to get their diplomas in their caps and gowns together and in person. In recent weeks, a number of districts said enough progress had been made fighting the COVID-19 ...

SC gov signs bill banning shackling of pregnant inmates

May. 22, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill banning jails and prisons from using leg, waist and ankle restraints on pregnant women and women in labor, news outlets reported. “People go to prison as punishment, not for punishment.” McMaster said during the signing...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

The Latest: Pennsylvania working on sports virus guidelines

May. 20, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of...

Gov. Henry McMaster speaks during a meeting of the Accelerate SC economy initiative in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP)

Clemson plans in-person classes; SC to reopen attractions

May. 20, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson University plans to hold in-person classes in the fall but synchronize them with online instruction so if a student is infected with COVID-19 — or a second wave of infections closes campus — learning won't be disrupted. Also on Wednesday, South Carolina Gov....

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 20, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ May 19 The Post and Courier on creating incentives for employees to return to work if their unemployment benefits were higher than their regular pay checks: Unemployment has hit South Carolina very hard, and it’s a good thing that the large temporary...