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SC gov hopeful Templeton picks prosecutor as running mate

May. 21, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In picking a longtime prosecutor for her running mate, a Republican challenging South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday that she's creating a partnership to tackle the state's two top problems: crime and corruption. "My wheelhouse is getting rid of the regulations and...

More people arrested at 2nd poor people's rally in SC

May. 21, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A week after police made 16 arrests at a rally in support of poor people, protesters were back for a second week of mobilization and more arrests in South Carolina. Nearly 60 people gathered Monday at the African American Monument on the Statehouse grounds for the Poor People's...

SC doctor charged with manslaughter wants to return to work

May. 20, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter wants to return to work now that his medical license is restored, the physician's attorney said. The State of Columbia reports the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners suspended the license of hip surgeon Adam Lazzarini after he was charged...

Hundreds of SC teachers, state workers demand raise at rally

May. 19, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Teachers, state employees and supporters are agitating for a raise at the Statehouse. A few hundred people gathered Saturday at the Capitol in Columbia to demand a pay increase from state legislators. Their call for action included demanding increased funding for schools and higher...

Teen politicos forge respect, friendship across the aisle

May. 17, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (AP) — As many decry the breakdown of civil discourse in politics, two South Carolina teens are proving that disagreement doesn't have to equal disrespect. Lauren McDowell, who describes herself on Twitter as a "queer feminist," volunteers on a Democratic congressional campaign and advises...

South Carolina lawmakers postpone budget talks

May. 17, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers say they need more time to figure out the state's $8 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year starting July 1. In a joint statement released Wednesday evening, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence and House Ways and Means...

South Carolina man charged with Kentucky graduation threat

May. 16, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — Police say a South Carolina man has been charged with threatening to "shoot everyone" at a high school graduation in Kentucky. Kentucky State Police said Wednesday they were notified by the Harlan Independent School district about a threat against the Harlan High School graduation,...

SC lawmakers return to work to finalize state budget

May. 15, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A committee of South Carolina lawmakers has returned to the Statehouse to finalize their proposed $8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. Members of the House and Senate held a joint committee meeting Tuesday, a few days after the General Assembly adjourned their 2018...

SC protesters demand change during poor people's rally

May. 14, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Protesters vowing to reignite the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign to empower poor people rallied Monday on South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, demanding changes regarding poverty and voter suppression. Police made 16 arrests. Nearly 100 people gathered on the Statehouse's...

Ray Allen says LeBron James doing what he does in playoffs

May. 14, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ray Allen has enjoyed watching former teammate LeBron James lead Cleveland through the NBA playoffs. And it's not much different than what Allen saw almost daily when the two were part of the Miami Heat's run to a NBA title in 2013. "He's the main cog of what the Cavaliers are doing,"...