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400 evacuated after 2 deaths from possible gas leak in SC

Jan. 18, 2019 2:38 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 400 people have been ordered to leave an 80-year-old public housing complex in South Carolina because of natural gas leaks after two residents were found dead inside separate apartments. Columbia firefighters began checking all 244 units of the Allen Benedict Court for gas...

The Latest: Dead men's names released at S. Carolina complex

Jan. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on evacuation of public housing in South Carolina after gas leaks (all times local): 12:55 p.m. Officials in South Carolina have released the names of two men found dead in a public housing complex in South Carolina that has now been ordered evacuated because of natural gas...

2 found dead in apartments; gas or carbon monoxide suspected

Jan. 17, 2019 4:11 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say two people found dead in separate apartments in the same building may have been killed by natural gas fumes or carbon monoxide. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said autopsy results and testing will be needed to confirm what caused the deaths. But he...

Speaker at hearing who says women not fit for office stopped

Jan. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A panel of lawmakers stopped an activist from speaking at a public hearing after he spent three minutes saying women are not fit to run for office and called feminism "destructive and evil." Tuesday's hearing was over a request to hang a group photo of the General Assembly's female...

South Carolina capitol city bans electric scooters

Jan. 16, 2019 9:27 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capitol city has banned electric scooters for a year while the city studies the operation of companies providing the service. News outlets reported Columbia City Council voted Tuesday to prohibit the use of electric scooters to protect the public. The ordinance...

S Carolina stays perfect in SEC with 85-75 win over Missouri

Jan. 13, 2019 4:38 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No one else might have believed in South Carolina as they entered Southeastern Conference play as the only team with a losing record, but Gamecocks coach Frank Martin made sure his team didn't lose faith. Keyshawn Bryant scored 15 points and Chris Silva added 14 points as South...

'Rain Poetry' appears on South Carolina city's sidewalks

Jan. 13, 2019 2:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is jazzing up its sidewalks with poetry when it rains. Columbia's public art organization One Columbia has teamed up with city poet laureate Ed Madden to create "Rain Poetry." Madden solicited poems over the last year, and they were stenciled onto...

Coroner: Inmate was strangled at state prison

Jan. 9, 2019 3:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A coroner says an inmate found dead in his cell at a South Carolina prison was strangled with a rope or cord. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said 52-year-old Isaac Starke's body was found at the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia on Sunday. Watts said in a statement...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster sworn into office

Jan. 9, 2019 3:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster took the oath of office Wednesday for his first full term, pledging commitments to economic prosperity and education advances in an address that marked the culmination of years of work to win the office in his own right. "We know that our success in...

The Latest: McMaster promises economic prosperity for SC

Jan. 9, 2019 12:29 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Henry McMaster's inauguration (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Gov. Henry McMaster promised to keep recruiting businesses to South Carolina and lower taxes in his inaugural speech. McMaster used several sports metaphors during Wednesday speech after he took the oath of...