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After demolitions, S Carolina capital aims to save buildings

Oct. 16, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is considering an ordinance to delay the rapid demolition of some historic buildings, following the razing of two buildings that qualified for city landmark status. Columbia's chief preservation planner, Amy Moore, tells The State the city had...

In South Carolina trip, Avenatti tests southern 2020 waters

Oct. 15, 2018 3:35 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels says he isn't dead set on making a bid to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. But Michael Avenatti says he was warmly received in South Carolina - home to the first southern primaries of 2020. In his first trip to the state,...

Man with grudge who drove car into mourners gets 80 years

Oct. 15, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man who drove his car into a group of mourners at a South Carolina cemetery, hurting 11 of them, has been sentenced to 80 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman called James Kester a terrorist for attacking the people at the July 2017 graveside service because he had...

South Carolina sheriff's deputy hurt in wreck; 3 charged

Oct. 15, 2018 9:33 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three men have been arrested and charged in a wreck that injured a sheriff's deputy in South Carolina. Richland County Sheriff's spokeswoman Alexis Leigh told news outlets the wreck happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the northern part of the county. Leigh says deputies had spotted...

Agency's 'percentage-of-salary' fee under scrutiny

Oct. 14, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina lawmakers are uneasy with a deal that uses the salary of a new director of the state's environmental agency to determine the fee for a private search firm. The Department of Health and Environmental Control will give a Greenville firm, Find Great People, 20 percent...

Ex-VP Biden campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate

Oct. 13, 2018 2:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is returning to South Carolina this weekend to stump for the Democratic nominee for governor. On Saturday, state Rep. James Smith planned to appear at a fundraiser in Charleston with the former vice president, according to Smith's campaign. Last month,...

South Carolina swarmed by potential Democratic candidates

Oct. 13, 2018 1:12 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. The...

Pastides helped put USC on the map, nut it came with a cost

Oct. 13, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Massive growth, record enrollment and millions of dollars in research funding. In the past 10 years, University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has elevated the University of South Carolina's profile and overseen its transformation into one of the fastest growing flagship...

Democratic presidential prospects swarm South Carolina

Oct. 12, 2018 8:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. The...

Missouri faces uphill battle after South Carolina loss

Oct. 11, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri led South Carolina by two possessions heading into halftime and the Tigers were about to get the ball back to start the second half on the road. Nothing went according to plan the rest of the way. Through a downpour in Columbia, South Carolina, Missouri's talented offense...