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  Overnight curfew ends in Charleston County following George Floyd protests

The chairman of Charleston County Council issued a curfew that takes effect at 11 p.m. Saturday night after hours of protests over the death of a man who died this week while in Minneapolis Police custody.

Orangeburg County Sherriff’s Office warns of jury duty scam

Learn what type of COVID-19 testing is available, accuracy of tests as widespread testing comes to SC

SC governor offers response to protests following death of George Floyd

Kentucky theft suspect on the run since 2018 found in SC

S.C. reports 266 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

Several days after Bertha, SC marks hurricane prep week

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Decision 2020: Lindsey Graham faces three primary challengers for his U.S. Senate seat

Critics of ‘Certificate of Need’ regulations say COVID-19 pandemic shows why it needs to be repealed

Sen. Lindsey Graham, MUSC and business officials discuss next COVID-19 recovery steps

Georgetown Co. sheriff issues statement on death of George Floyd

  Sen. Graham on Floyd death: ‘A stain on law enforcement’

  Money colleges, universities getting from CARES Act won’t cover losses from pandemic

SC law enforcement community condemns officers’ actions in death of George Floyd

Floyd died in police custody after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

LOOK OUT! Portuguese Man o’ War, blue buttons wash ashore on Grand Strand beaches

Watch where you step while walking the beach!

  Residency of candidates for SC House District 109 being challenged by wife of third candidate

Two candidates for the South Carolina Statehouse District 109 are being accused of not playing by the rules.

  South Carolina voters can expect new “touchless voting” procedures for June primaries

New procedures will be in place on June 9th to protect voters and poll workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Touchless voting” will be the new process for casting a ballot, from the check-in process to selecting a preferred candidate on the voting machines’ touch screens.

  SC election upgrades for voter check-in process won’t be ready for June primaries

Family pleas for help as Sumter deputies continue to investigate shooting death of 17-year-old

Law enforcement officers escort fallen SCDNR K-9 officer

Lowcountry high schools announce in-person graduation plans

  Despite weekly drop in new claims, S.C. unemployment still growing

Dental hygiene students in S.C. face license delays due to virus outbreak

  Hours away from being put on ventilator, COVID-19 patient is saved by experimental treatment

Doctors at the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center say an experimental COVID-19 treatment being tested there has been one of the first signs of hope in the fight against this virus.

UofSC to require face masks in classrooms, library as part of phased campus reopening plan

The University of South Carolina has implemented a face-covering policy for its Columbia campus.

SCDNR K-9 officer dies after medical emergency

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says it lost one of its K-9 officers Tuesday.

Rock Hill mother, boyfriend charged in death of 4-year-old who tested positive for cocaine at birth

A 4-year-old child was dead in Rock Hill late Tuesday morning, prompting a death investigation and leading to the arrest of the child’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend.

  SC road tests resume, being done in DMV parking lots

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has resumed road tests for those seeking to get a standard driver’s license, but at this point, they aren’t being done on the road.

SC deputies need help finding missing teen

The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office needs your help finding a missing 14-year-old.

Third suspect wanted in Murrells Inlet shooting surrenders; 1 suspect remains on the run

A third suspect wanted in connection to a burglary that ended with a Murrells Inlet homeowner being shot is now in custody.

3 killed, 5 others injured in drive by shooting at cookout in Bowman

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. at a social gathering near the intersection of Dibble and Rail streets, just off Charleston Highway.

Bond denied for two suspects in pair of weekend Ocean Blvd. shootings, granted for five remaining defendants

The suspects charged in two separate shootings on Ocean Boulevard over the holiday weekend appeared in court for a bond hearing Tuesday morning.

  More than $50M needed for summer academic camps; sport team competitions may be prohibited

South Carolina’s Superintendent of Education said Tuesday the state will need $50 million to fund camps aimed at helping students who are behind because of the pandemic.

FIRST ALERT: Isolated storms possible Tuesday night into Wednesday

Forecasters are watching an area of showers and thunderstorms over northeastern Florida expected to dump heavy rain over South Carolina by Wednesday.

As lockdown restrictions ease, more domestic violence survivors seek help

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been concern for everyone’s safety but especially those considered our most vulnerable. That includes those who feel unsafe at the place they call home.

  Driver dies after car strikes utility pole, troopers say

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a driver was killed late on Memorial Day in a single vehicle crash.

  Troopers: 2 killed in 3-vehicle crash in Orangeburg County

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says two people died Monday night in a crash in Orangeburg County.

Motorcyclist killed in Memorial Day crash in York County

A driver was killed in a crash in York County on Monday.

Memorial Day Weekend brings crowds to Lake Murray and other tourist attractions across SC

Memorial Day normally brings waves of crowds to the beaches, lakes, pools, and tourist attractions here in the Midlands and across the state.

Mayor: Deadly shooting on Ocean Blvd. resulted from ‘gang violence from outside of our borders’

Myrtle Beach police are investigating a second shooting in two days along Ocean Boulevard.

  Charleston Airport not expected to rebound to pre-pandemic traveler numbers until 2022

The Charleston International Airport is set to see its fewest fliers over a Memorial Day weekend in recent years and may not see a full rebound until 2022.

COVID-19 meant less driving in SC and less gas tax collected

When the COVID-19 shutdown started in March, traffic in South Carolina dropped 25% compared to March 2019, the state Department of Transportation said.

Upstate 19-year-old creates business to help with shortage caused by COVID-19

A 19-year-old in Gaffney saw a shortage caused by COVID-19. Hart Bridges then decided to start his own mask business called Rosleck Safety to help.

SC Veterans Affairs Office participates in national #GoSilent event

This Memorial Day, South Carolina Veterans’ Affairs Office will have a moment of silence to honor fallen soldiers.

Lexington man arrested, accused of shooting father

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man after being accused of shooting his father.

Businesses along Ocean Boulevard express safety concerns after back-to-back shootings

Some business owners along Ocean Boulevard are expressing major safety concerns after back to back shootings occurred within miles of their stores.

Police: Six in custody in Ocean Blvd. shooting that injured several early Sunday morning

Police have six people in custody in connection with Sunday’s early-morning shooting on Ocean Boulevard that left several injured.

South Carolina soldier dies in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that 1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, of Spartanburg, died May 19 at Bagram Air Force Base from a non-combat-related incident. A department news release said the incident was under investigation. No details were provided.

Riverbanks Zoo reopens with new reservation requirement

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia welcomed back its first guests Saturday, but with much different rules.

VIDEO: Shark caught off the coast of North Myrtle Beach

A crowd gathered at the beach as the creature ended up on shore.

Beach-goers fill Hilton Head ahead of Memorial Day

Those at Coligny Beach said it was the most crowded they’ve ever seen the beach. Traffic heading out to the beach was at a standstill.

5 shot, 2 killed at large Upstate ‘block party’, officials say

A 17-year-old and 21-year-old were killed after gunfire erupted at a party, according to Union County Coroner William Holcombe.

How Midlands buffet-style restaurants are surviving during the pandemic

As restaurants around the state are shifting from take-out to limited indoor capacity, many of you have asked..."what’s going to happen to buffets?"

Wreck shuts down parts of Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach

Lanes of Kings Hwy are closed due to a motor vehicle crash at 23rd Ave N.

Man charged in early-morning chase that ends in crash in North Myrtle Beach, authorities say

A Georgetown man is facing charges following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash in North Myrtle Beach early Saturday morning, according to authorities.

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

South Carolina’s decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month’s primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results.

Half of SC’s hospitality jobs gone; jobless rate hits record

South Carolina’s unemployment rate soared to a level never seen in more than 40 years of reporting as the coronavirus wiped out nearly half the state’s restaurant tourism and other hospitality jobs.

11-year-old girl says racism behind white woman’s assault

An 11-year-old African American girl from South Carolina said she didn’t think a white woman who accused her of stealing mail was being racist until the woman’s husband told the girl that if she were “a different type,” things would have turned out differently.

Florence nurse accused of stealing nearly 300 prescription pills from S.C. prison

A nurse from Florence was fired from her job at a South Carolina prison after authorities said she was caught stealing nearly 300 prescription pills.

Lancaster man dies when tree, power pole falls on car during storm

Deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash around 4:30 p.m. on Friday on Small Street, near the intersection of Springdale Drive, in Lancaster County.

15-30% more people test positive for antibodies than COVID-19

This data could give us a sense of how many people have contracted COVID-19 and not just the number of people who tested positive, since many people were not able to get tested and others never developed symptoms.

After deadly 2019, Midlands law enforcement stresses boat safety

As the weather warms, boaters are returning to South Carolina’s waterways. They're bringing risk with them.

Tornado warning cancelled for Orangeburg County

A tornado warning for portions of Orangeburg County has been cancelled.

2 suspects facing charges, 1 officer on leave in connection to Florence officer-involved shooting

Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Friday morning in Florence.

SCDOT Releases initial COVID-19 impact projections

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has released its initial projections of the financial impact of COVID-19.

  Man laid off during COVID-19 pandemic loses home in fire

An Orangeburg man who was laid off from his job during the COVID-19 pandemic lost his home in a fire four days later. James and Debbie Green say they lost everything they owned in the May 5 blaze.

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel reopening on Memorial Day

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will reopen to guests on Memorial Day after being closed for two months due to COVID-19, staff said.

  Tourist attractions across South Carolina can now begin reopening

As of Friday, popular tourist destinations forced to close months ago can begin welcoming visitors back.

  Patriots Point museum to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend

One of the Tri-County area’s largest attractions is reopening Friday after several weeks of being shut down.

  Educators advocate against eLearning with new recommendations

If successful, the recommendations will most likely remain in effect for the start of the fall school year.

  Restaurants see impacts from food delivery services during pandemic

Some services can charge restaurant 30% of each order as commission.

How the COVID-19 is magnifying South Carolina’s ‘digital divide’

With many South Carolinians relying on the internet for work, schooling, and even getting medical help, some said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown South Carolina needs to bridge the digital divide.

15-year-old reported missing has been found safe, deputies say

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says a 15-year-old girl listed as a runaway has been found.

Sheriff: Murder suspects attempted to escape SC jail by digging through wall

Three murder suspects attempted to escape from the Orangeburg County jail, according to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

  Some close contact businesses hold off on reopening

Some close contact businesses are looking to stick with socially distant operations while statewide restrictions lessen.

Deputies arrest woman for murder after domestic dispute leads to fatal shooting

Deputies have arrested a woman for murder after a domestic dispute in Orangeburg County led to the fatal shooting of a man.

  Several law enforcement agencies set to be on Folly Beach for Memorial Day weekend

Every Folly Beach police officer is scheduled to work Memorial Day weekend as the city prepares for an influx of beachgoers, and now some other agencies are stepping in to help.

Deputies searching for missing Alabama man after vehicle found in S.C.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man reported missing from Alabama believed to have a medical condition requiring attention.

Spartanburg soldier dies in Afghanistan, DOD says

The soldier was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel at Bagram Air Force Base.

NOAA predicts busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA expects an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season this year.

  Changes made to I-26 lane reversals for upcoming hurricane season

Deputy Secretary Leland Colvin said teams looked at past traffic data and worked with an internal leadership program to come up with the changes.