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2 indicted in theft of masks during early days of pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities in South Carolina say two men face criminal charges in the theft of masks and other personal protective equipment during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Attorneys Office in South Carolina released an indictment this week against Frank...

Land swap makes way for Coast Guard growth in South Carolina

Oct. 20, 2020 4:18 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A land swap in South Carolina will give the U.S. Coast Guard the opportunity to expand there. The swap involves part of Veterans Terminal along the Cooper River in North Charleston. On Monday, the State Ports Authority said it will sell 76.5 acres to the Coast Guard for $4.54...

This March 5, 2018 photo shows traffic on Highway 41 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.  Charleston County’s proposal to widen S.C. Highway 41 has drawn thousands of public comments. Some supporters call the road through the historic Black community of Phillips the cost-effective, obvious choice. Others decried it as a discriminatory plan that puts the burden on those with least political power.   (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

South Carolina county's plan to widen highway causes split

Oct. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Charleston County’s proposal to widen S.C. Highway 41 has drawn thousands of public comments. Some supporters call the road through the historic Black community of Phillips the cost-effective, obvious choice. Others decried it as a discriminatory plan that puts the burden...

Electronic sentencing sheets stop SC prison sentence errors

Oct. 18, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new system to enter in sentences after people in one South Carolina county are convicted in court should reduce errors that prison officials said have led to longer or shorter sentences than judges intended, officials said. Charleston County started using the electronic sentence...

New S.C. law creates resilience office to address flooding

Oct. 13, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After five years filled with unprecedented flooding, South Carolina has now established an office to marshal the state's efforts in stemming floodwaters and coordinating recovery and relief efforts. Gov. Henry McMaster held a ceremonial signing Tuesday in Charleston to commemorate the...

North Charleston hires firm to audit police department

Oct. 10, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The city of North Charleston, South Carolina has awarded a contract to a Virginia-based firm to conduct a racial bias audit of its police department. The Post and Courier reported the city council voted unanimously Thursday to hire the firm CNA for the long-awaited audit. ...

Earthquake preparedness week starts in South Carolina

Oct. 10, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane season may be winding down, but emergency officials want to remind people that earthquakes strike South Carolina too. Earthquake Preparedness Week starts on Sunday, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. On Thursday, South Carolina will join other...

Republican challenger and state Rep. Nancy Mace debates Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at the SCETV studios in Beaufort, S.C., in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat race. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

In SC, Cunningham foe says car vandalism meant to intimidate

Oct. 7, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham is alleging someone tried to intimidate her candidacy by vandalizing her vehicle hours before the two met in a debate. In a police report obtained by The Associated Press, Nancy Mace called police Tuesday afternoon to report that...

Republican challenger and state Rep. Nancy Mace and Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham greet each other prior to their debate, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at the SCETV studios in Beaufort, S.C., in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat race. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

Cunningham, Mace hit same themes at SC 1st District debate

Oct. 6, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

In their second and final planned debate for the 1st Congressional District seat in South Carolina, the surprise Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger continued Tuesday to hit on the same themes of missing votes and the future of the Marine base on Parris Island. The attacks were still there, but a...

Voters wait in line outside the Richland County election office on the first day of in-person absentee voting in South Carolina on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. A number of counties have polling places where people can vote almost like they would in person on Election Day, instead of having to mail in their absentee ballot. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Absentee voting for 2020 election begins in South Carolina

Oct. 5, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 20,000 votes have already been cast in November's general election in South Carolina as the first voters on Monday got to make their choice in person. A number of counties opened polling places where people can vote almost like they would in person on Election Day, instead of...