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Lowcountry businesses, restaurants offering special Veterans Day deals

Businesses across the Lowcountry and the nation are offering special deals and freebies to veterans leading up to Veterans Day on Sunday.

Dry dog food recalled over possible vitamin D toxicity

Deadline extended for SC residents impacted by Florence to apply for disaster assistance

How to shop for Christmas on a budget

Summerville Medical Center offers tips for Halloween safety

Teal Pumpkin Project giving Lowcountry family a chance to have stress-free Halloween

Coastal Carolina Fair kicks off Thursday

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  Body cam blast prompts NYPD recall of nearly 3,000 devices

Teal Pumpkin Project indicates allergen-free trick-or-treating

Roper St. Francis offering free breast, colon cancer screenings Tuesday

Exploding toilets prompt recall of 1.4 million flushing systems

Hanahan Police warn parents about social media risks

City of Charleston unveils parking study findings

Hilton Head double shooting suspect arrested in CA

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says a suspect wanted in a shooting investigation has been captured in California.

Where to score tacos Thursday for National Taco Day

Taco lovers rejoice! Thursday, Oct. 4 is National Taco Day, and it comes with deals.

Survey: 30 percent of Charleston seniors won’t get flu shot

30 percent of Charleston seniors won't get the flu shot according to a survey.

Is your kiddo a star? Gerber is looking for their next spokesbaby

Is your baby a star? Well, Gerber wants to see if your kiddo has what it takes to be their iconic spokesperson.

LIST: Here’s what stores are closed on Thanksgiving 2018

Judge denies motion to stop SCE&G rate cuts for customers

Ground beef recall: 130,000 pounds possibly contaminated with E. coli

S.C. comptroller urges caution as state ends budget year with $177 surplus

Affidavit: Man seen setting fire that destroyed Awendaw home

Committee looking into possible shuttle between IOP and Mt. Pleasant

SCE&G to close 4 office locations in Lowcountry

The power company that provides many Lowcountry residents with their electric and gas needs is shuttering four locations in the area.

Report ranks MUSC as No. 1 hospital in state for fourth straight year

The hospital system which calls Charleston home has been named South Carolina's best hospital for the fourth straight year by U.S. News & World Report.

Folly Beach officials to discuss app to rent parking spaces

During the summer, parking can come at a premium on Folly Beach with limited public spaces around the island.

Berkeley Co. Sheriff's Office, SCHP to increase traffic enforcement this week

Berkeley County deputies and South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers will be picking up their enforcement across Berkeley County this week.

New app will help Summerville residents report issues

Potholes, abandoned cars, graffiti, and clogged storm drains are problems that plague many towns and cities around the United States.

Folly Beach officials advising caution after recent Portuguese man o' war stings

City officials on Folly Beach are advising visitors to take caution after recent stings from Portuguese man o' war.

N. Charleston partnering with DD2 on new $22.5M aquatics center

North Charleston and the Dorchester County School District 2 are breaking ground on a new aquatics center Wednesday.

Grassroots group continues work to restore Morris Island lighthouse

A group of people is working to restore one of the most photographed lighthouses in the Lowcountry.

LIST: National night out events in the Lowcountry

National Night Out will take place Tuesday in communities around the Lowcountry.

After order to stop operating in Charleston, Bird scooters show up in Mt. Pleasant

One day after the City of Charleston ordered Bird scooters to leave with a cease and desist letter, the scooters appeared across the Ravenel Bridge early on Tuesday morning.

New drug disposal site opens outside Hanahan police station

The Hanahan police department just installed a drug disposal box outside its station.

National Lighthouse Day: A look inside the Sullivan's Island lighthouse

On Aug. 7, 1789, Congress passed an act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers.

Dorchester Co. officials monitoring flooding in Summerville neighborhood

Dorchester County officials say they're keeping a close eye on flooding over the past few days in one area.

Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers impersonate lottery jackpot winner

As the country waits for the winner of July's Mega Millions jackpot to claim the half-billion dollar prize, scammers are waiting too.

Finding a new job after getting fired

You got fired!!  If it has happened to you, it's likely happened to someone you know.

Costco to open second lowcountry store next month

A new Costco will open in Mount Pleasant next month.

Sheriff: Scammers posing as deputies, demanding payment to stop fine

Scammers are claiming to be deputies and instructing would-be victims to pay up to avoid imprisonment, Orangeburg's sheriff says.

Employers using social media to screen job applicants

Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with long-distance family and friends. But employers also use social media to decide whether to hire you.

Food app to help Charleston residents in need

A local group is using a phone app to help those who need help finding a meal.

Gas tax to increase two cents on Sunday

Drivers can expect to pay an additional two cents per gallon of gas beginning on Sunday.

Average gas prices fall 6 cents; Charleston gas prices among lowest in nation

The average price of a regular gallon of gasoline fell 6 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.95.

Lowcountry shoppers hit local malls, stores for Black Friday

Once the turkey was cleared, many started celebrating Black Friday, with some stores opening their doors Thursday evening.

  On Your Side: Tips to keep your kids safe at summer camp

Thousands of children in the Lowcountry will head to summer camps in a few weeks when school ends, however parents need to be aware of some important tips.

South Carolina's annual Sales Tax Holiday Weekend kicks off after midnight

Tax-free weekend kicks off in South Carolina starting Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. through midnight Sunday.

'Data dots' help to track down stolen property

It's no bigger than a grain of sand, but Richland County sheriff's deputies say it could protect you from being a victim of a crime. They're called data dots, and it's a technology that helps track down stolen items

Want to see inside Michael Jordan's Charlotte pad?

Jordan renovates Uptown condo in swanky building.

Dozens of baby food items tested for lead

An environmental group is warning parents about dangerous levels of lead discovered in dozens of baby food products. The Environmental Law Foundation filed a notice with the State of California this month.

Appliance rebates program kicks off Wednesday

The South Carolina Appliance Rebates program kicks off Wednesday, March 31 at 7 a.m.

More drivers file complaints after Toyota fix

More Toyota drivers say their car and trucks have sped up by themselves even after being fixed to correct the problem.

5 Ways To Protect Your Pipes

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - This week may be the coldest that Charleston has seen in years. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and in some case burst. The average cost per claim in South Carolina

Special Report: Danger in the Dashboard

Your seat belt and an airbag are the only things that may keep you in this world in the event of a crash. But at 1/30th of a second that airbag could be a killer itself if it was salvaged from a previous accident.

20 Foods under $1.00 a serving

Here's her list of foods that cost less than one dollar a serving: -- Oats -- Eggs -- Kale -- Potatoes -- Apples -- Nuts -- Bananas -- Garbanzo Beans -- Broccoli -- Watermelon --

Think-Off competition asks "is it ever wrong to do the right thing?"

The Great American Think-Off is asking would-be philosophers a tricky question of morality this year: "Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?"

Home prices post 18 percent annual drop in October

A closely watched index shows home prices dropped by the sharpest annual rate on record in October.

Time Warner Cable and Viacom reach deal

Almost 16 million cable subscribers are still in danger of losing 19 channels when the new year begins.

Retail gasoline prices drift to 58-month low

Retail gasoline prices have tumbled to the lowest level in nearly five years.

GMAC needs to clear final hurdle for bailout funds

The financing arm of General Motors Corp. has until a minute before midnight Eastern time to clear a final hurdle in its quest to become a bank holding company.

More stores pulling all-nighters for last-minute shoppers

An increasing number of retailers won't be shutting their doors again until Christmas. They'll be open all day and all night.

Round-the-clock retail hours attract the unsleepy

There's last minute shopping, and then there's really last minute shopping.

Retailers launch final holiday sales push

Swirling snow, packed parking lots and massive markdowns greet shoppers across the country as retailers try to woo consumers during the final holiday countdown.

FDA approves sweeteners made by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo

Federal regulators have approved two versions of a new zero-calorie sweetener developed by Coca-Cola Co. and rival PepsiCo.

2009 small cars perform better in crash tests

The outfit that crash tests new cars to see how well they protect passengers says automakers have made "big improvements" in small cars.

GM to cut 250,000 vehicles from 1Q production

General Motors Corp. says it will cut another 250,000 vehicles from its first-quarter production schedule by temporarily closing 21 factories across North America.

Retail sales fall again in Nov., led by autos drop

Consumers cut back on spending at retail stores for a record fifth straight month in November amid a recession that is already the longest in a quarter-century.

In tough times more students feed on free lunches

There is such a thing as a free lunch, just ask a growing number of school districts across the country.

US executions, death sentences on decline: report

A new report finds death sentences in the United States are at or near a three-decade low this year and the number of people executed will be the lowest since 1994.

Home loan troubles break records again

An industry group says a record one in 10 American homeowners with a mortgage were either at least a month behind on their payments or in foreclosure at the end of September as the source of housing market pressure shifted to the crumbling U.S. economy.

GM to lay off 2,000 more workers at 3 factories

General Motors Corp. says it will lay off about 2,000 more factory workers early next year as the U.S. auto sales slump continues to wreak havoc on domestic automakers.

Employers cut 533K jobs in Nov., most in 34 years

The government says employers axed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, and the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent.

WaMu to cut 500 jobs from SC mortgage center

More than 500 workers at Washington Mutual's mortgage processing office in Florence will lose their jobs as the company is taken over by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Military divorce rate up

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to take a toll on military marriages.

Hawaii announces big electric car plan

Hawaii aims to become the first state with electric car stations statewide.

'12 Days of Christmas' items would cost $86,609

PNC Wealth Management says it'll cost you $86,609 to buy everything in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song this year.

Iranian state TV: OPEC cut of 1.5M barrels likely

Iranian state TV is reporting that OPEC's Secretary-General says a daily oil production cut of between 1 million and 1.5 million barrels is likely in December.

Meltdown far from over, new mortgage crisis looms

Analysts say the next economic crisis might involve malls, hotels and other businesses affected by the mortgage crunch.

CDC links 401 illnesses to 2007 pot pie recall

Federal investigators raised to 401 the number of cases of salmonella linked to the Banquet pot pies recalled last year by ConAgra Foods Inc.

2008 "Trouble in Toyland" list released

Holiday shopping season is about to kick into full swing and at the top of most lists will be toys, toys, and more toys.

Fed says it will buy mortgage-related assets

The Federal Reserve says it will buy up to $600 billion in mortgage-backed assets in another attempt to deal with the financial crisis.