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The Latest: Forecasters confirm 4 tornadoes in Virginia

Apr. 20, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Four suspected tornadoes have been reported in Virginia. The National Weather Service says damage has been reported Friday night after twisters touched down in Reston, Fredericks Hall, Barham and Forksville. Authorities...

Emotional eulogies highlight funeral of SC's Fritz Hollings

Apr. 16, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As a college student fighting for racial equality in the early 1960s, Jim Clyburn was invited to the office of then-Gov. Fritz Hollings in an attempt to assuage racial tensions bubbling on the campus of South Carolina State University. Clyburn, now the majority whip and third...

Mourners and friends pay homage to Fritz Hollings

Apr. 15, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As a line of mourners paid tribute Monday to former Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, 97-year-old Bishop Frederick Calhoun James made a special effort to honor a man he considered his dear friend. Gingerly standing up from his wheelchair in a second-floor lobby of South Carolina's...

The Latest: Former Gov. Riley remembers Hollings' loyalty

Apr. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings (all times local): 6 p.m. Several hundred people have filed past the casket of Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings to pay respects to the former South Carolina governor and longtime U.S. senator who died this month at age 97. Hollings'...

Mourners pay respects to SC's Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings

Apr. 14, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Family, friends and former colleagues have paid their respects at a visitation for Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to six terms in the U.S. Senate. The Post and Courier newspaper reports the family of the...

Panthers coach visits SC capitol as incentives considered

Apr. 11, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers take time to honor their sports heroes almost daily, but Thursday's welcome to the Carolina Panthers carried higher stakes: Some legislators are trying to entice the North Carolina team to move its practice facility and headquarters across state lines....

A year after riot, SC prison officials claim improvements

Apr. 10, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A year after seven South Carolina inmates died in an insurrection, myriad security measures are in place to crack down on the illegal cellphone use that facilitated the worst U.S. prison riot in 25 years, corrections officials said Wednesday during a tour of the institution. In...

SC senator questions benefits analysis of Panthers HQ move

Apr. 10, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state senator said Wednesday he still isn't convinced an economic incentive bill meant to lure the NFL's Carolina Panthers practice fields and team headquarters to South Carolina is a worthwhile deal for taxpayers. Democratic state Sen. Dick Harpootlian of Columbia retained his own...

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has book coming in the fall

Apr. 10, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador and South Carolina governor, has a book deal. St. Martin's Press announced Wednesday that Haley's book, currently untitled, will come out this fall. According to the publisher, the 47-year-old Haley will write about her experiences as...

South Carolina House passes bill requiring Uber, Lyft signs

Apr. 9, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A lawmaker sponsoring a bill in South Carolina requiring Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing drivers to have a lighted sign said he knows it isn't a foolproof way to keep riders safe. But Rep. Seth Rose said it is an easy first step so a tipsy college student or distracted concertgoer...