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Over bourbon, former S. Carolina senators launch new podcast

Jan. 25, 2021 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — National political news may have the greater chance these days of stealing the spotlight and focus, but two former and “recovering” South Carolina senators want to bring South Carolinians’ attention back to their state and local governments — by podcast. On...

South Carolina NCAA college basketball fans look at a new statue honoring A'ja Wilson before an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C.  Wilson, preparing for her fourth season with the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA as the league’s reigning MVP was the guest of honor at Monday’s official christening of the statue of her likeness that honors her play off the court and representation of the university and athletics program away from competition.(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

WNBA star A’ja Wilson gets emotional at event for her statue

Jan. 24, 2021 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the last moments of her speech presented to a very limited crowd due to the pandemic, former South Carolina and current WNBA superstar A’ja Wilson became very emotional just outside the Colonial Life Arena where she had provided the bulk of her amazing play. Wilson,...

House Speaker wants to add 2 justices to SC Supreme Court

Jan. 23, 2021 10:20 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of the South Carolina House wants to add two more justices to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Republican House Speaker Jay Lucas said most states have either seven or nine justices. South Carolina's highest court has had five justices for at least 50 years. “This...

SC state parks offer mountains to sea virtual field trips

Jan. 18, 2021 9:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state parks are offering virtual field trips to students who can't travel in person. There are videos and other supplemental activates to teach science and history to elementary school students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The Discover Carolina program started...

Members of the Boogaloo Boys attend protest Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Sunday protests quiet; officials brace for more

Jan. 17, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The Latest on demonstrating Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ After a small, peaceful protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine says security levels will remain high in Columbus for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. DeWine praised demonstrators for exercising their free...

A State Law Enforcement Division agent protects the lobby of the South Carolina Statehouse on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Columbia, S.C.  Uniformed security joined the legislative security that typically wears business suits after threats against capitals across the U.S. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

National threats of violence close South Carolina Statehouse

Jan. 15, 2021 4:34 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Statehouse is closing for five days after the FBI warned capitols in every U.S. state could be targets for violence. Police did not share any specific threats to the Statehouse, if there are any. But the building is being closed Saturday through Wednesday's...

Drug deal, robbery led to deaths of 3 men; no charges filed

Jan. 15, 2021 11:46 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No one will be charged in the shooting deaths of three men in South Carolina because they all shot at each other when a drug deal turned into a robbery, investigators said. Two of the men died by the time deputies arrived Sunday at the Columbia apartment complex and a third died at...

Officials clean up the scene following a small plane crash during dense fog in a residential neighborhood on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Authorities say the woman in the home was able to get out safely and have not given information on the condition of anyone aboard the plane. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Small plane crashes in South Carolina neighborhood in fog

Jan. 13, 2021 3:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small plane crashed into a neighborhood in dense fog and set a home on fire Wednesday near an airport in South Carolina’s capital city, authorities said. A woman inside the home apparently escaped injury from the crash, although Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins the woman...

South Carolina AG faces complaint over election challenge

Jan. 12, 2021 4:06 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top prosecutor is facing a disciplinary complaint alleging he backed a “false and frivolous” lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, accused of helping to fan the flame of insurrection that engulfed the U.S. Capitol...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, Shane Beamer, then-assistant football coach at Oklahoma, speaks during a news conference in Norman, Okla. South Carolina's Shane Beamer hasn't had the smooth start every first-time football coach dreams about after getting the job. (Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Beamer off to bumpy start as South Carolina's football coach

Jan. 12, 2021 3:52 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer can't look at his phone these days without worrying if it's bad news. Player transfers, de-commitment by recruits and offensive assistants Beamer hired opting to leave for a Southeastern Conference rival is not the smooth transition the first-time...