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Johnson and Johnson make up small percent of SC vaccinations, but crucial for small towns

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says pausing the distribution of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will have “less of an impact” on South Carolina than if the other authorized vaccines were put on hold.

Prison officials, SLED investigate bomb threat at SC prison

SC reports 447 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths

Missing 13-year-old girl from Columbia found safe

  SC health department pauses use of J&J vaccine

SC attorney general sends letter to Biden opposing statehood for DC

Georgia officials: S.C. truck driver shot dead in road rage

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Haley says she’ll back Trump, stand down if he runs in 2024

  155 breakthrough COVID-19 cases reported in SC: What are they?

Fort Jackson to resume in-person graduations

Crews clear wreck on I-26 near I-95 exit

State health department to offer free STD testing Thursday

Man sentenced after setting woman ablaze in Lexington County

McMaster blocks feds from bringing unaccompanied children from border to SC

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Monday instructing the state’s Department of Social Services to prevent the federal government from placing undocumented, unaccompanied migrant children from the southern border into foster care and group homes.

SC reports 453 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 453 new COVID-19 cases Monday afternoon, but no confirmed or probable deaths attributed to the illness.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing man on Savannah River

Coast Guard crews called off the search for a missing man on the Savannah River Sunday night.

Gas prices steady amid COVID recovery climb

GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,028 stations in South Carolina reports gas prices have fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week.

‘A shining light’: Community gathers to honor doctor, wife, grandchildren killed in York County shooting

Troopers: One dead in Orangeburg Co. crash

SC reports 588 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 2 confirmed deaths

‘I’m very concerned’: Advocates react to low vaccination rate of Hispanic and Latino communities in SC

‘I thought we might have a miracle’: Robert Shook, sixth person shot in York County, S.C. mass shooting, dies with family at side

Health officials: S.C. paper plant accused of violations, main culprit of more than 5,000 complaints about strong stench plaguing multiple counties

Police: 4 charged, staff attempted to clean up scene of fatal shooting at Myrtle Beach bar

Officials said the shooting happened at Donny’s Saloon last month.

SC reports more than 600 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases for 2nd straight day

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says the latest round of COVID-19 tests confirmed 637 new cases across the state.

Brain of Ex-NFL player accused in SC killings to be examined for damage

The brain of the former NFL player who killed five people in South Carolina before fatally shooting himself will be tested for a degenerative disease that has affected a number of professional athletes.

  South Carolina confirms $1.7B revenue windfall

State economists have discovered $1.7 billion in additional revenue that will be added to the budget currently being prepared by the legislature

Man charged after 15-year-old girl who went missing in Myrtle Beach is found safe

A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing Wednesday in Myrtle Beach has been found, according to family members.

  SC bill would allow nurse graduates to help hospitals before being licensed

Sen. Tom Davis (R- Beaufort) has introduced a bill that is making its way through the state house. It would temporarily allow individuals who have graduated from an accredited nurse school to practice under the supervision of a licensed registered nurse while waiting to take their licensure exam.

Police: Several injured after hit-and-run in Myrtle Beach

At least one person was taken to the hospital, officials said.

McMaster visits SC National Guard troops at the border

The visit comes amid a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Janssen weekly vaccine allocation to drop by 88% next week for South Carolina

The week of April 5, South Carolina was allocated 73,500 doses, while on the 12th it will receive 8,700.

  Probable COVID-19 case counts triple in SC; state health officials blame more antigen testing options

The number of probable COVID-19 cases has increased in South Carolina in recent weeks, and state health officials believe this is due to more antigen tests being done.

  In year of pandemic, ‘big pool of peer pressure’ means even more struggles for college students

One in five college students has engaged in self-harm, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health before the pandemic began.

Quarter-century-old dog tag among items found in 12-foot SC gator’s belly

The owner of a Ravenel butcher and taxidermy shop says his team found five dog tags, a shell casing, turtle shells and even a spark plug inside the stomach of a 12-foot alligator killed by a Lowcountry hunter.

SC reports more than 600 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says 632 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the latest batch of test results released Friday.

Golfer’s ball lands on mammoth alligator in South Carolina

Is it too late to take a mulligan?

Lowcountry man sticks with same lottery numbers, wins $200K prize

A ticket purchased at a North Charleston store man $200,000 richer, South Carolina Education Lottery officials say.

Father of York Co. shooter speaks, says football messed up his son

He said the doctor and his family were good people and he had no idea what could have happened to cause this chain of events.

  SC House Democrats file a bill to censure GOP colleague while he doubles down on controversial comments

More than 30 Democratic state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill censuring their Republican colleague Rep. Victor Dabney, R-Kershaw.

S.C. constitutional carry bill draws criticism due to lack of training requirement

The bill is drawing criticism from even those who consider themselves strong Second Amendment supporters.

  UK variant dominates the US as doctors anticipate a fourth wave of infections

The nation’s top health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the more contagious variant of COVID-19 from the United Kingdom is now the most common strain in the United States. “No big surprise,” MUSC’s Dr. Scott Curry said. “We’ve been predicting this,"

  SC reports 495 new COVID-19 cases, 20 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the latest batch of COVID-19 tests revealed almost 500 new confirmed cases and 20 confirmed deaths.

SC AG Wilson leads 14-state letter opposing union bill

The South Carolina Attorney General is leading a 14-state coalition of attorneys general in sending a letter to U.S. Senate leaders opposing a pro-union bill, according to a release.

Sole survivor in deadly York County shooting called for help after being shot multiple times, family says

A sixth person injured in a shooting that killed five others in York County Wednesday remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Source: NFL pro killed five people, then himself in York County, S.C. shooting

The gunman who killed five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife, their two grandchildren and a worker, was a former NFL pro Phillip Adams, the Associated Press reports. Adams killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.

‘Overtly racist and deeply offensive’: SC state rep. calls for colleague’s resignation

On the day a Hate Crime Bill passed the South Carolina State House after years of failed attempts, a controversy has erupted over one state lawmaker’s comments.

  Doctors Care, management company agree to $22.5M settlement over False Claims Act allegations

The state’s largest urgent care provider and its management company have agreed to settle allegations of healthcare fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.

  SC first-time unemployment claims rise for 4th straight week

The number of people who filed their first claims for unemployment rose in the week ending Saturday for the fourth consecutive week, according to new state data.

  Charleston VA seeks FDA approval for 3D-printed medical devices

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center says it can produce tens of thousands of medical devices each year once federal regulators gives it a green light.

Structure fire damages multiple units at Surfside Beach complex

A structure fire damaged multiple units at a complex in Surfside Beach early Thursday morning, officials said.

  Report finds 745 structurally deficient bridges in SC

A new report put together by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association finds there are 745 bridges in South Carolina that are classified as structurally deficient.

Teen sisters reported missing found safe

The girls have been found.

  South Carolina Hate Crime bill one step closer to law

In a 79-29 vote, the House of Representatives passed H. Bill 3620 through second reading on Wednesday. The proposal will enhance penalties for violent crimes motivated by hate.

  SC House passes permitless carrying of guns, hate crime bill before crucial deadline

Thursday’s crossover deadline is a point at which any bill passing the House or Senate must get a two-thirds vote in the other chamber to be considered, a higher bar than is usually needed.

SC rep. says he will not ‘bow down to the Left’ on Hate Crime bill

The bill passed the SC House on Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate.

SC House OKs bill allowing open gun carry without permit

Lawmakers voted 69-47 in favor of the bill Wednesday.

McMaster names next director for SC Department of Health and Human Services

Gov. Henry McMaster announced that Robert M. Kerr will be nominated to serve as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

SC reports 324 new COVID-19 cases, jump in percent-positive

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the latest batch of COVID-19 tests revealed 324 new confirmed cases.

Charleston County leads state in number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given

The latest data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows more COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Charleston County than in any of the state’s other 45 counties.

Deputies: Missing 10-year-old found safe

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said a 10-year-old boy reported missing Wednesday morning has been found safe.

  S.C. ‘pulse survey’ results show over 80% of respondents plan to take COVID-19 vaccine

On March 31, S.C. opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone aged 16 and older.

18-year-old woman among two killed in Florence County shooting, coroner says

The victims of a deadly double shooting Tuesday afternoon in Florence County have been identified.

Attorney: S.C. employers could fire an employee who doesn’t want to work in-person

A lot of workers are comfortable working from home, but as vaccine eligibility rises many offices are opening back up full-time.

One injured in Conway structure fire

Crews battled a fully-involved structure fire early Wednesday morning in Conway, according to Horry County Fire Rescue.

Key deadline looming in days at South Carolina Statehouse

A key deadline for legislation is coming up soon at the South Carolina Statehouse.

‘Tremendous support’: Horry County Animal Care Center to be renamed after fallen officer

Horry County Council voted in favor Tuesday night of a resolution to rename the Horry County Animal Care Center after Melton ‘Fox’ Gore.

  SC Superintendent: Process for transgender athletes ‘works well,’ opposes bill

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said she opposes a bill that would prevent transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams, but she does support a process that transgender athletes must go through if they want to play.

Grandfather gunned down in Columbia home while sleeping, family says

Family gathered at the home from all over after hearing the news.

  SC House passes bill allowing noncertified teachers in schools to fill vacancies

South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday allowing people without teacher certifications to teach in schools if there is a vacancy five days before the start of the year.

  Graham, McMaster oppose U.S. House bill on voting rights

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster held a joint news conference Tuesday afternoon to oppose a federal bill on voting rights.

  Coroner identifies body found in field in Dorchester County

The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the 43-year-old man whose body was found in a field in September.

Deputies searching for three suspects wanted for shooting man in Orangeburg Co.

Witnesses said they saw a man who appeared to be injured after hearing gunfire. The man was later found at the hospital and told investigators that three people entered his home and asked about his friend.

SC reports 358 new COVID-19 cases, no confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported no confirmed or probable deaths from COVID-19 in the latest data Tuesday afternoon.

Tomi Lahren to speak at Clemson this week

A protest is planned outside the stadium.

CDC awards SC COVID-19 vaccine program expansion over $47 million

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they have awarded South Carolina $47,187,039 to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake.

SC advises on agribusiness tax cuts

The South Carolina Department of Revenue wants to make sure agribusinesses don’t miss out on tax credits.

  McMaster sued over order bringing all remaining S.C. state employees back to the workplace

At issue is McMaster’s March 5 order that advised state agencies to “immediately expedite” the return of non-essential state employees to in-person work.

  The election reform SC lawmakers want to see

Georgia isn’t the only state that has considered new election-related laws this year.Two bills have passed key hurdles in the State House that would change voting laws in South Carolina and change who oversees elections.

S.C. business owners struggle to find, retain employees as thousands file for unemployment

He said the other problem is he will fill a position, only to have the employee quit, and file for unemployment.

  DHEC epidemiologist: Another COVID-19 surge in SC is a ‘top concern’

After a couple months of a steady decline in new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in South Carolina, a state health leader is concerned this trend might be changing.