Benzene levels near burned Texas petrochemicals facility prompts shelter-in-place order

Harris County officials said the Guard and hazardous materials teams have established perimeters around the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park.
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  Powerball jackpot now at $625 million, 4th largest in lottery’s history

With no jackpot winner Wednesday or in the rest of 2019, the Powerball grand prize just keeps on growing.

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  Family of teen killed in Lowcountry boating incident files wrongful death lawsuit

World Meteorological Organization retires storm names Florence and Michael

  Lethal Libido: FDA warns the public of dangerous over-the-counter male enhancement pills

  SC Senator introduces resolution pushing for sale of Santee Cooper

What’s the MOOOOVE? Cattle holds up traffic on SC roadway

Two cows took over one Orangeburg road Wednesday afternoon causing a little traffic congestion.
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  Feds give employers easier path to dump retiree pensions

That decision reverses Obama-era guidance that banned the practice of offering lump-sum payments to seniors. Pensions provide a guaranteed monthly income for as long as an employee lives in retirement.

  EMTs let a man walk away to his eventual death in SC

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke in SC on 2-day grassroots road trip this weekend

  Lexington One starts process of buying land for new middle school, relocation to help with overcrowding

Columbia ranks among the 15 fattest metro areas in America, study says

Coroner IDs Aiken man killed in crash on Beaverdam Rd.

  KCSO: Camden motel shooting was part of ‘drug deal that went bad', victim says

  Former Allen Benedict Court residents to receive free food boxes Wednesday

  Columbia residents worry about parking garage security after break-ins during concert

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  Teacher forced preschoolers to stand naked in closet as punishment, Illinois police say

Two teachers have been placed on administrative leave, one for the alleged discipline and the other as an alleged witness who did not report the actions.

SPORTS

  Columbia residents worry about parking garage security after break-ins during concert

  FREE gameday shuttles available for March Madness in the Midlands

This is the first time in nearly 50 years that March Madness is coming to the Midlands.

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  RCSD: Teen charged with bringing unloaded gun to Kelly Mill Middle to remain in custody until hearing

  Witnesses, district applaud school bus driver who got students off bus ahead of blaze

  Should Columbia ban single-use plastic in Columbia? City leaders weigh in

Columbia Housing Authority pleads with landlords to help remaining 83 ABC families find homes

  Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker to participate in CNN town hall, other events in SC

New Jersey Senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker is scheduled to participate in a series of events in South Carolina, one of which will be a televised town hall broadcasted on CNN.
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  After mosque attacks, New Zealand quickly bans assault weapons

The government is now working on a large-scale buy-back plan to encourage owners of the banned weapons to surrender them.

  School bus carrying 40 SC students catches fire during field trip; no one injured

  Orangeburg man bond set at $50,000 after shooting into vehicle

  Sumter man wanted in multiple laundromat break-ins

SC teen known from viral video singing at McDonald’s drive-thru auditions for ‘The Voice’