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Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Nov. 24, 2020 8:13 AM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 22 The Times and Democrat on the new leader of the South Carolina Senate Democrats: When Lexington County Sen. Nikki Setzler arrived in the state Senate in January 1977, times were much different than today. Setzler was elected as a Democrat in a county...

FILE - This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the new death row at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C. The state Supreme Court has scheduled an execution date of Dec. 4, 2020 for Richard Bernard Moore, who was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg, S.C. Moore has spent the past 19 years on death row. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

South Carolina officials eye single drug for execution plan

Nov. 23, 2020 5:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state of South Carolina says an inmate scheduled to be executed next week could be put to death with a lethal dose of just one drug if officials cannot get hold of all three drugs the procedure calls for. The South Carolina Supreme Court has set a Dec. 4 execution date for...

Rain sends smaller SC Christmas tree lighting event inside

Nov. 22, 2020 1:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A chance of rain is moving the annual lighting of South Carolina's Christmas tree inside the Statehouse and because of COVID-19 the public won't be able to attend in person. The ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and South Carolina Education Television will show it on air and online....

Thanksgiving week opens with COVID-19 testing at SC airport

Nov. 22, 2020 12:08 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As the Thanksgiving week begins, South Carolina's chief medical school is joining with the Charleston airport to give free COVID-19 tests. The testing site will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the fourth floor of the daily parking garage...

SC hunters bag fewer gators, maybe due to COVID-19 and cold

Nov. 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina hunters bagged about 100 fewer alligators this hunting season than last year. The Post and Courier reports that just 243 gators were bagged from September to October. The state Department of Natural Resources said cooler temperatures, rain and COVID-19 could all be...

Sen. Glenn Reese waits for election results at the Krispy Kreme in Spartanburg, S.C. Tuesday evening, Nov. 3, 2020.  Reese may have lost his re-election bid after 30 years in the S.C. Senate, but some say Spartanburg County is losing one of its biggest advocates. The popular owner of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Spartanburg and Anderson, Reese has built a legacy and made many friends over the past few decades.  (Tim Kimzey/Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP)

Longtime S. Carolina senator reflects on election loss

Nov. 21, 2020 12:01 AM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Glenn Reese may have lost his re-election bid after 30 years in the S.C. Senate, but some say Spartanburg County is losing one of its biggest advocates. “It’s Spartanburg’s loss, and it’s a big loss,” said former State Rep. Brenda Lee Pryce of...

S.C. Death row inmate declines to choose execution method

Nov. 20, 2020 6:29 PM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has declined to select how he should be executed, furthering a potential showdown over the state's use of lethal injection. Lindsey Vann, an attorney for inmate Richard Bernard Moore, told The Herald-Journal on Friday that Moore declined to choose between...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, left, looks on in West Columbia, S.C. Like many states, South Carolina later experienced a surge in infections that forced McMaster to dial back his reopening plan. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

McMaster: Get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving

Nov. 19, 2020 7:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In his first public briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in more than two months, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday doubled down on his pledge to not impose new restrictions to curb COVID-19. Instead, the governor debuted a new slogan ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday,...

S.C. inmate dies after other prisoners assault him in cell

Nov. 19, 2020 9:58 AM EST

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An inmate at a South Carolina state prison has died after being assaulted in his cell. Travis Antwan Lee died at a hospital after being assaulted at the maximum security Lee Correctional Institution on Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Corrections announced. Lee was...

FILE - This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the new death row at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C. The state Supreme Court has scheduled an execution date of Dec. 4, 2020 for Richard Bernard Moore, who was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg, S.C. Moore has spent the past 19 years on death row. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

South Carolina schedules execution but doesn't have drugs

Nov. 18, 2020 6:53 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state of South Carolina has scheduled what could be its first execution in nearly a decade, but corrections officials say they don't have any lethal injection drugs to carry it out. The State Supreme Court set a Dec. 4 execution date for Richard Bernard Moore, a 55-year-old man...