Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A billboard along Interstate 26 is catching a lot of eyes, and viewers are calling our newsroom about it. Some think it's offensive, and others just want to know what it means.
On a stretch of highway from Orangeburg to Columbia, one sees advertisement on billboards scattered along the side of the road. But this billboard stands out, reading "Islam Rising Be Warned."
"I think it is exciting hate and fear," said Jennifer Bynum. "You know there are terrorists out there, but they are not all out there amongst us."
The Islamic Center of Columbia has been on Gervais Street for close to 30 years. Habeeb Abdullah has been a member since the beginning, and says there is nothing to fear over the sign.
"I am not going to judge what they meant, I'm just going to take it as-is," said Abdullah. "They say Islam is on the rise -- which is true, it is on the rise -- but there is nothing to be afraid of from Islam."
If you look closely at the sign, it sends you to a website paid for by the Christian Action Network. We emailed the group for a comment, and they requested we watch their video first.
The video shows protests of people holding signs reading "Be prepared for the real holocaust" and shows the deadly attacks of 9/11. It also shows a man saying "I have been ordered by Allah to fight against people until they testify there is no god but Allah."
Abdullah maintains there is no correlation between his religion and the video or the billboard.
"If Islam is on the rise, I think American people are informed enough to know what is right and what is wrong," Abdullah said. "So if they are accepting Islam, there has to be a reason."
We emailed the Christian action network again after watching the video, per their request. Their response was, "If you still have questions after watching the trailer then you need to watch the full documentary."
The billboard is owned by Revelation, which rents out billboards all over. The cost depends on size and location, and can run from $500 to $2,000.
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Sunday, May 19 2013 8:28 AM EDT2013-05-19 12:28:00 GMT
Boston Marathon Bombing victim Nicole Gross is back home in Charlotte. Gross along with her husband returned from Boston Saturday with cheers, tears and hugs from her supporters. "I just felt an outpourMore >>
Boston Marathon Bombing victim Nicole Gross is back home in Charlotte.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
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A bill representing the largest overhaul of state government in decades is again approaching passage. BMore >>
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Saturday, May 18 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:39:18 GMT
A Delta flight out of Charleston bound for New York City made an emergency stop in North Carolina Saturday morning after a warning indicator went off in the cockpit, according to an official with the airline. MichaelMore >>
A Delta flight out of Charleston bound for New York City made an emergency stop in North Carolina Saturday morning after a warning indicator went off in the cockpit, according to an official with the airline.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:16:32 GMT
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.The county is paying $150,000 to the estate of Derald Hill, Sr. and his wife, Nichole. The couple wasMore >>
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.More >>