Latest South Carolina state government News

South Carolina capital requires masks in some city schools

Aug. 05, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s capital city has mandated the use of masks in city schools where some students are too young to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a move that Mayor Steve Benjamin has said will help protect vaccine-ineligible children amid the pandemic’s...

South Carolina capital's mayor mandates masks in schools

Aug. 04, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of South Carolina's capital city has mandated the use of masks in city schools where some students are too young to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a move he says will protect vaccine-ineligible children amid the pandemic's resurgence. ...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 04, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

(Columbia) The State. Aug. 3, 2021. Editorial: SC native Raven Saunders’ Olympic protest is a case of no harm, no foul What would you do when the world is watching? Shot-putter and Charleston native Raven Saunders decided to...

SC gov hopeful would require vaccines for public students

Aug. 03, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Age-eligible South Carolina children would be required to show proof of coronavirus vaccination in order to attend public schools in the state, under a proposal introduced by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mia McLeod. The effort was rolled out...

SC senators hear rules on spending $2.5B in federal relief

Aug. 03, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Just a little more than a month after figuring out how to spend $11 billion in this year's state budget, South Carolina senators are starting to talk about how to spend $2.5 billion more of federal COVID-19 relief. The Senate subcommittee coming up...

Top prosecutor: Univ of South Carolina can't require masks

Aug. 03, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina can't lawfully require students and staff to wear face coverings on campus this fall, despite increasing cases of coronavirus, thanks to recent legislative action, according to the state's top prosecutor. Last week,...

State probes after Georgia deputies shoot Clayton County man

Aug. 02, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — State authorities in Georgia have opened a probe after deputies in Clayton County shot a man while executing an arrest warrant. Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday that they had been asked to investigate an...

Cooper general counsel McKinney heads to SC private practice

Aug. 02, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's legal adviser within state government for several years has returned to a private law practice. The law firm of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Greenville, South Carolina, announced on Monday that William McKinney is back...

COVID surge driving S Carolina pediatric ICUs to capacity

Aug. 02, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is pushing South Carolina’s pediatric ICUs to capacity, doctors said Monday. A drop in childhood vaccinations due to the pandemic and an increase in other viral diseases as people have stopped social distancing...

More South Carolina districts head back to school this week

Aug. 01, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Students in five more school districts in South Carolina are starting back at school this week. Students in Florence Districts 1 and 4 return Monday. Pickens County students return Tuesday. Oconee County schools are back Wednesday. And the Kershaw...