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South Carolina Ports' new terminal on track to open in March

Aug. 9, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first phase of a new terminal at the South Carolina Ports is on schedule to open in March, officials said. Port officials said in a statement that concrete has been poured for the wharf. Buildings and booths for trucks are being finished. And, helicopters are helping run power...

SC pardon too late for city councilman kicked out of office

Aug. 9, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A judge kicked a man convicted of a felony off a small town city council South Carolina, even though the man has been pardoned for his crimes. The problem is William R. King II's pardon came n 2018, after he was elected to the Chester City Council, Judge William A. McKinnon ruled. King...

Pastor pursues passions in ministry, racial reconciliation

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Zach Somerville says he felt called to work in ministry in his youth, but he ran away from it until early experiences in the U.S. Air Force changed his perspective. Now, he’s among a group of pastors in the Sumter community trying to help lead efforts toward racial...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, left, looks on as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. As of Monday, McMaster says all businesses will be allowed to be open, as long as they adhere to social distancing and capacity limits. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC official regrets not voicing concerns with virus response

Aug. 8, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The doctor serving as South Carolina’s state epidemiologist said she regrets not speaking out publicly about her concerns as the state reopened close-contact businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Linda Bell said in June emails that Gov. Henry McMaster's staff misled...

Charleston police scanners go silent from public listening

Aug. 8, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in the Charleston area have switched to new radio channels that effectively shield most of their communications from the ears of the public. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Charleston Police Department and other agencies in one of South Carolina's...

Construction begins on dam broken in historic 2015 floods

Aug. 8, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Construction has begun to repair a historic dam nearly five years after it broke during the once-in-a-lifetime floods that swept through South Carolina in 2015. Lexington's Old Mill Pond has stood empty since the flooding broke the pond's earthen dam and disrupted nearby businesses....

Suit: School expelled student after reporting sexual assault

Aug. 8, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A former student at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, is suing the school over allegations that it was reckless and negligent when an administrator expelled her hours after she reported being sexually assaulted in October 2019. The student, referred to in the...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Southern Utah celebrates with the trophy after defeating Northern Arizona in an NCAA college football game for the Big Sky Conference title Cedar City, Utah. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.(Jordan Allred/The Spectrum via AP)

The Latest: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence considered opting out

Aug. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said he considered opting out of this season when he was unsure what college football would look like going forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Lawrence said Friday once he understood...