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SC city plans diversity training after social media posts

Sep. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MAULDIN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city will spend $50,000 on diversity training and programs after one of its city council members drew objections for sharing social media posts defending the Confederate flag and criticizing racial justice protests as “getting out of hand.” The Mauldin...

S Carolina seeks comments on removing toll from coastal road

Sep. 27, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is looking for input on its plans to convert one of the state's two toll roads into a free parkway next summer. The Cross Island Parkway on Hilton Head Island will no longer collect its $1.25 toll next July, the South Carolina Department of Transportation...

Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) throws a touchdown pass during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 16 Tennessee wins seventh straight 31-27 over Gamecocks

Sep. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano expected a difficult time at South Carolina. He also expected the 16th-ranked Vols to come out on top, no matter how hard things got. The Vols squandered a two-touchdown lead in the second half and held on to defeat the Gamecocks 31-27 for...

Activist fights to save housing project in South Carolina

Sep. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Local attorney and civil rights activist Hemphill Pride II is calling on the city to preserve the 80-year-old Allen Benedict Court public housing project, which he says is an important symbol of Black history in Columbia. “The project produced some of the most outstanding...

Court nixes SC witness requirement on absentee ballots

Sep. 26, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed course and reinstated a ruling by a South Carolina federal judge that would not require a witness signature for those wishing to vote absentee in that state. A majority of judges on the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday vacated a ...

SC councilman arrested, accused of child molestation

Sep. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county councilman is in custody, accused of molesting a child, state authorities said. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday arrested Bamberg County Council Chairman Kerry Trent Kinard on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor,...

Part of Interstate 77 near Columbia to close this weekend

Sep. 26, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Part of Interstate 77 around Columbia is closing this weekend so crews can demolish a bridge over the highway. The crews are removing the old bridge that carries vehicles from northbound state Highway 277 on to I-77 northeast of downtown Columbia from Friday night until Sunday night,...

Counties sue South Carolina over federal plutonium deal

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BARNWELL, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit against the state of South Carolina said a $600 million federal settlement over nuclear waste should go to the seven counties near the Savannah River Site instead of the whole state budget. The lawsuit said those counties were the most hurt when the federal government failed...

Myrtle Beach theaters adjust to performing with masks

Sep. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Jim Collins has been suiting up in knight gear and armor for most of the 24 years he’s been with Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. But this year, there’s one more added piece of costume that wasn’t worn during medieval times. “Wearing the mask is...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...