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Sandy Run Elementary closed due to gas leak

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Calhoun County's superintendent says Sandy Run Elementary School will be closed Wednesday because of a gas leak in the area.

Time Warner Cable has widespread outages

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Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.

USC students use empty holsters to demand more protection from school Video included

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A group of USC students are seeking the right to carry concealed weapons following armed robberies that took place on campus.

Issues in Columbia drug lab likely to lead to new legal challenges Video included

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Issues discovered in the Columbia Police drug lab could open the door for new legal challenges from defendants tried over the last few years.

Lex. Co. deputies arrest two following West Columbia shooting

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The Lexington County Sheriff's Department arrested two men on Tuesday in connection to a shooting incident in West Columbia.

CPD drug analyst had high marks at first, but trouble came in 2013 Video included

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There is more scrutiny of major problems for the Columbia Police Department.

Missing blind man found safe in Sumter

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Sumter Police are in search of a legally blind man who has gone missing.

Darlington Raceway to host Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend in 2015

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Darlington Raceway and NASCAR announce the return of the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend. In 2015, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will compete on Sunday, September 6. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will

Gamecocks finalize some defensive starting spots before season opener Video included

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Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward reveals a few of his defensive starters ahead of Thursday's contest against Texas A&M.

Man who discovered online threat against Charlotte mall speaks out Video included

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An online publication claimed that an ISIS terrorism supporter issued threats against the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Twitter.

Holloman to join Gamecocks coaching staff

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TheBigSpur.com reports former Gamecock DeVonte Holloman will return to the team as a member of the coaching staff.

New all-way stop becomes effective on Thursday

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Traffic along Middleton Road, Dunbar Road and Glenn Street in Cayce will now have to obey an all-way stop rule.

3-year-old killed by golf cart at Aiken hospital Video included

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A 3-year-old girl died after being struck by a golf cart on the campus of the Aiken Regional Medical Center, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Benedict, USC plan to increase police patrols to keep students safe Video included

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Benedict, USC plan to increase patrols around campus in light of recent robberies in the past few weeks.

Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter to lead Gamecocks chant on Thursday night

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Medal of Honor recipient and retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter will lead the cheer during the South Carolina Gamecocks' home opener against Texas A&M on Thursday.

Traffic and parking information for Gamecocks home opener

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A 6 p.m. kickoff for the South Carolina Gamecocks on a day with thousands of people already in downtown Columbia for the workday can mean serious traffic and parking problems.

Coroner says proper child sleeping safety can prevent deaths

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The Richland County Coroner says a majority of infant deaths while sleeping are preventable. So Tuesday Gary Watts launched the Sleep RIGHT Through the Night infant safety campaign.

Suspect in USC Horseshoe armed robbery arrested

Photo of armed robbery suspect (Source: University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety Photo of armed robbery suspect (Source: University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety
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University of South Carolina police say they have arrested the sole suspect in last Thursday night's armed robbery on the Horseshoe.

Newberry Police warns customers of power bill scam

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Newberry Police warns customers of ongoing scam asking customers to pay a "delinquent" power bill.

Seven schools will dismiss early due to South Carolina vs. Texas A&M

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Seven Richland One School District schools will dismiss early due to traffic concerns ahead of Thursday night's South Carolina game at Williams-Brice Stadium.

CPD working to gather more information on USC strong arm robbery report

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Columbia police are continuing their investigation into a reported strong arm robbery on the University of South Carolina campus early Tuesday morning.

Who is destroying campaign signs in Newberry County?

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Vandals have gone political in Newberry County where Sheriff Lee Foster says several campaign signs in the county are being reported as damaged.

Rising seas expected to affect SC's lower coast

Experts predict that rising seas will bring floods threatening nearly $6 billion worth of property in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Rising seas will also mean routinely flooded roads and less salt marsh.

Columbia lands in top 200 cities list for safe drivers Video included

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An insurance company says Columbia's drivers rank 154th out of a survey of 200 top cities in the United States when it comes to safe drivers.

Students flock from dorms to Main Street apartment building Video included

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Students are headed to Main Street in downtown Columbia in search of new experiences.

Benedict Police seek armed robbery suspects looking for "easy targets"

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The Benedict College Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect and two accomplices who are believed to be out taking advantage of "easy targets."

CPD drug analyst resigns after audit questioned her methodology Video included

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A drug analyst with the Columbia Police Department has resigned after a memo from Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson raised questions about the quality of work at the department's drug lab.

Cristobal picks up speed in Atlantic

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The storm was moving north at 12 mph, packing winds of 75 mph.

Police: Man taken down by deputies in Walmart previously resisted arrest

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The suspect who was seen being forcefully taken down by Greenville County deputies in the Berea Walmart had previously fought with officers and resisted arrest, according to Seneca police.

Hundreds gather to share fond memories of Richard Culliver Video included

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Hundreds gathered at Lexington Town Hall to remember the life of 9-year-old Richard Culliver.

Semi-truck overturns on I-26 in Lexington County

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A semi-truck overturned while merging onto Interstate 26 on Monday evening in Lexington County.According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver of the truck apparently hit the curb wrong. However,

Gamecocks' offense sharpens skill with opener three days away Video included

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The Gamecocks are still looking to determine the best fit at right guard while the quarterbacks continue to grow under Dylan Thompson's leadership.

Cristobal strengthens to a hurricane

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Cristobal is now a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.


Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

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The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept...

Midwestern transplant's maps could provide insight to 2014 SC elections Video included

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What started as a hobby for one South Carolina man could shed some light on which party will get the vote this November.

Soldier dies after shooting at Fort Lee Video included

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Fort Lee officials say a soldier has died after she likely shot herself at the post Monday morning.

Westbound right lane of I-20 to be closed in Richland County for repairs

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The right lane of Interstate 20 will be closed for a short period for shoulder repairs.

University of South Carolina offers parking shuttle for game days

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Fans going to University of South Carolina football games can ride a shuttle from remote parking lots to Williams-Brice Stadium.Students can ride the shuttle for free with a valid Carolina Card. Non students,

Apple recalling some iPhone 5's

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Some iPhone 5's are having battery issues, and Apple is issuing a recall.

USC President Harris Pastides promises more security following incidents on campus

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University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has promised additional security on campus following a series of criminal events that took place last week.

Report: 15-year-old tossed gun onto field at Sertoma Classic

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An incident report from the Charleston Police Department confirms a 15-year-old is behind bars after tossing a handgun onto the field at Johnson Hagood Stadium during the Sertoma Classic Friday night.


Prosecutor has several options on Harrell case

The prosecutor who's considering ethics allegations against House Speaker Bobby Harrell has several options for the case that's been handed to him from the attorney general.

Tropical Storm Cristobal may skirt South Carolina coast

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Tropical Storm Cristobal is finally starting to move since it's been at a standstill for much of Sunday and overnight.

Winnsboro man killed in Sunday night crash

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A Winnsboro man died Sunday night when his car hit a tree in Fairfield County.

Deputies: Spartanburg wife tried to kill man with shotgun, ax

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A Spartanburg man said his wife tried to kill him with a shotgun and then a fire ax in a fight over beer and TV remote control, according to deputies.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to headline fundraiser for Rep. Kirkman Finlay

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State Rep. Kirkman Finlay is relying on a little bit of star power to help secure funds for his re-election campaign.

Man arrested in connection with Sumter car wash shooting Video included

Diquandrae Rhabb, 22, of 767 Brand St. Wanted on attempted murder charges. (Source: Sumter Police Department) Diquandrae Rhabb, 22, of 767 Brand St. Wanted on attempted murder charges. (Source: Sumter Police Department)
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Sumter investigators arrested a 22-year-old and charged him with attempted murder in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting at a car wash.

Employee recognizes business owner for supporting SC National Guard Video included

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It's easy to see that the people who work for Irene Brotherton enjoy their jobs. One employee, in particular, was grateful to Brotherton for hiring her.

9-year-old Richard Culliver passes away Video included

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The 9-year-old boy who touched the hearts of so many in the Midlands has passed away.

Sheriff Jim Matthews credits traffic unit for drop in Kershaw County road deaths Video included

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Hundreds die on South Carolina roadways each year, but the number of traffic fatalities is down this year compared to last year.

Deputy seen striking suspect inside Walmart placed on leave Video included

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A Greenville County sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave after he was seen forcefully subduing a man inside an Upstate Walmart on Saturday, according to Master Deputy Jonathan Smith.

Strong California quake shakes famed wine country Video included

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The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic...

US says American held in Syria has been freed

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An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic...

Actor, director Richard Attenborough dead at 90

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Longtime director, actor and producer Richard Attenborough has passed away. He was 90 years old. 

Gov declares emergency after SF Bay quake

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A 6.0 magnitude earthquake caused infrastructure damage and dozens of injuries north of San Francisco Bay.

Tropical Storm Cristobal should stay away from SC coast

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Tropical Storm Cristobal will stay away from the U.S. coastline as a trough picks it up and carries it out to sea late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

No arrests made after armed suspect reported on USC campus Video included

Russell House on the University of South Carolina campus. Russell House on the University of South Carolina campus.
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USC police told students to get someplace safe early Sunday morning as they searched for a man who reportedly was running on campus with a gun.

Michael Brown called 'little kid in big body'

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Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he'll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police...

Could SC see a major earthquake? Video included

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Chief Meteorologist John Farley lived in Northern California for several years and has spent a lot of time studying earthquakes.

Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a 'war hawk'

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Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton "a war hawk," Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.

California winemakers cleaning up after quake

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Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

Suge Knight shot at pre-VMA party

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The lead up to this year's VMAs has proven particularly dangerous. Suge Knight was shot, Iggy Azalea fell off stage and a snake bit a Nicki Minaj back-up dancer.

Spurrier ready for kickoff Video included

Steve Spurrier Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier's done with "talking season" and is ready to see No. 9 South Carolina live up to the high expectations it has dealt with since finishing a third straight year with 11 wins.

New SC identity theft unit handles 3,000 calls

A new identity theft unit in South Carolina has taken over 3,000 calls from concerned people since it was formed 10 months ago.

Deputies tase, forcefully subdue 'intoxicated' man inside Walmart

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office has launched an internal investigation after deputies were seen tasing and forcefully subduing a man inside an Upstate Walmart on Saturday, according to Master Deputy Jonathan Smith. (8/23/14)

Tropical depression forms in Atlantic Ocean

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A tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.  

South Carolina doctor training Liberian hospital staff to combat Ebola with robots

Hospital Staff at JFK hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. (Source: TRU-D) Hospital Staff at JFK hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. (Source: TRU-D)
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A South Carolina doctor was able to make history Friday when he helped hospital staff at a Liberian hospital use an Ebola-fighting robot to decontaminate hospital rooms.

Neighbors on alert after string of vehicle break-ins Video included

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Columbia police are investigating a series of vehicle break-ins throughout the Greenview community.

Jubilee Festival of Heritage celebrates legacy of African Americans in South Carolina Video included

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On Saturday, the 36th Annual Jubilee Festival of Heritage celebrated the legacy of African Americans who contributed to the state's rich history. Thousands came out to enjoy food, live music, and tours

Officials: White House reviewing equipment program

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The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama's call for more separation between the nation's...

Man wanted in Sumter County for assault on sleeping woman Video included

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Police in Sumter County are looking for a man wanted in the assault of a woman while she slept.

South Carolina doctor wants to eliminate the spread of Ebola virus with germ-killing robots Video included

Dr. Jeffery Deal created TRU-D, a machine that emits UVC light to decontaminate hospital rooms and surfaces.  Dr. Jeffery Deal created TRU-D, a machine that emits UVC light to decontaminate hospital rooms and surfaces.
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Two five-foot germ-fighting robots, created and manufactured here in South Carolina, have been sent to Liberia to help combat the spread of Ebola in hospitals and clinics.

Spurrier banner new addition to Williams-Brice Stadium Video included

Crews put the finishing touches on the new Steve Spurrier banner that now hangs at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday. Crews put the finishing touches on the new Steve Spurrier banner that now hangs at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.
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Crews put the finishing touches on the new Steve Spurrier banner that now hangs at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

Husband who critically injured wife charged with attempted murder

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A man who was wanted for critically injuring his wife early Saturday morning turned himself in without incident, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. Gary Wayne Thomas, 51, was charged with attempted

NFL pulls "Slap Ya Mama" ads from preseason football over domestic violence concerns

The NFL is forcing Cox Sports Television to cancel part of its advertising deal with Cajun food products company"Slap Ya Mama" due to domestic violence issues facing the league.

National Zoo celebrates panda's first birthday

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Today is the first birthday of panda cub Bao Bao (bow bow). She's getting a cake made from frozen fruit juice and other treats like pears and apples to celebrate.

Camden, Lugoff-Elgin high school students raise $65,000 for United Way

(Source: Mary Anne Byrd/Kershaw County School District) (Source: Mary Anne Byrd/Kershaw County School District)
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Camden High and Lugoff-Elgin High students used the week leading up to their rival football game to raise money for the United Way of Kershaw County.

SpaceX spacecraft explodes during test mission; no injuries reported

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A SpaceX space craft exploded in the air during testing on Friday at a Texas test site.

Man arrested after exposing himself to two women on USC campus

 Lloyd Benjamin Hicks (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Lloyd Benjamin Hicks (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
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A West Columbia man was arrested Friday after police say he exposed himself to two women on the University of South Carolina campus.

Revenue now pays 90 percent of SC state park costs

South Carolina's state parks are experiencing record attendance and generating record revenues.

Wallet thief caught on camera Video included

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Richland County Deputies need your help identifying a wallet thief. The crime was caught on camera on Aug 15.

Spartanburg fondling suspect says 'I was stupid'

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Deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit made an arrest Friday in several fondling incidents reported at local stores.

Arkansas man catches 3 bears on game camera Video included

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One man getting ready for deer and turkey season in Arkansas stumbled upon something much larger.

Injuries reported in accident on Leesburg Rd

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is on the scene of a traffic accident on Leesburg Rd and Patricia Rd.

Coaches keeping athletes safe when playing in extreme heat Video included

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Just standing outside makes you sweat in the South Carolina heat. So imagine putting on a complete football uniform, and then playing hard for four quarters. It's a lot for anyone, and it can be dangerous,

Operation Adrenaline rush combats stress among Marines, promotes fun Video included

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Their mission never stops. Over 100 Marines from Lowcountry military bases in Beaufort, Moncks Corner and Parris Island braved the 100 degree heat in a fight against combat stress, and had a lot of fun along the way.

Costs of raising a child rise again; lowest in the South

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The cost of raising a child has gone up again, according to new numbers from the USDA.

The national average is $245,340 for food, housing, childcare, education and other expenses that come along the way. The South, in general, actually has the lowest average cost of raising a child from birth to 18 years, at $230,610.

FL dad leaves kids in car during bar visit Video included

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A father of three is accused of living his kids in a car while he drank at a bar. 

Mt. Pleasant couple accused of stealing $300k worth of silverware

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A Mt. Pleasant couple is accused of stealing $300,000 worth of silverware and a $50,000 Rolex watch from a home.

Haley, Ervin, Sheheen agree ethics reform needs to happen Video included

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Gov. Nikki Haley and gubernatorial candidates Tom Ervin and state Senator Vincent Sheheen would all like to see independent ethics oversight and stricter penalties for violators.

Police, lawyer release statements on student's alleged dinosaur killing Video included

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A Summerville High School student who says he was arrested and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun in a class assignment has hired a lawyer.

1-day-old infant left at Lexington hospital

South Carolina authorities say a 1-day-old infant was legally abandoned at Lexington Medical Center this week.

SCDPS: Trooper who arrested NFL player for speeding fired Video included

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The Highway Patrol trooper who arrested an NFL player in Laurens County has been fired, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety confirmed on Friday.

West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens claims campaign sign is racist Video included

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In the latest salvo in the ongoing political battle of wills between West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens and Councilman Tem Miles, Owens claims a new campaign sign at Miles' house is racist.

Marvel honors 3-year-old Midlands boy killed by falling tree limb Video included

Jacoby Latta, 3, was a huge superhero fan and is getting a loving tribute in a new Marvel comic. (Source: Sanford Green) Jacoby Latta, 3, was a huge superhero fan and is getting a loving tribute in a new Marvel comic. (Source: Sanford Green)
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A Midlands boy who was a huge superhero fan and died suddenly is getting a loving tribute in a new Marvel comic.

EdVenture Children's Museum awarded NASA grant

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EdVenture Children's Museum has been awarded a grant of $893,308 to fund the creation of a new interactive exhibit gallery focused on the science and technology of flight.

Commission: AG opinion to decide who will set Chapin's special election date

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A date for Chapin voters to decide on whether to change the town's form of government is now left up to what the attorney general says.

Two wanted in Bluff Road Dollar General armed robbery

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Two people are wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a Dollar General store in Columbia, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Two sought in Elgin car wash break-in

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Elgin police need help locating two men who they say broke into a car wash in the area and stole money from the control boxes.

Former lawmaker Thad Viers to appear in court

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A former South Carolina lawmaker is appearing in federal court next week on charges he helped a businessman hide assets, then lied about it to federal agents.

Suspect identified in Columbia apartment shooting

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After an overnight search, deputies say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a Columbia apartment complex.

Baby elephant is a first for Reid Park Zoo Video included

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Semba, Reid Park's African elephant gave birth to her third calf on Wednesday, but its a first for both the Reid Park Zoo and Arizona. Keepers right now are calling her a big baby girl because she weighed in at 245 pounds. 

Lugoff-Elgin vs. Camden isn't just about football Video included

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Football season begins Friday night for high schools around the state and the anticipation is always high for the game between Lugoff-Elgin High School and Camden High School.

Pedestrian hit and killed while walking in roadway

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A person walking in the roadway was hit and killed by an oncoming car, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

2 enter guilty pleas on Social Security fraud cases

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Two Columbia residents issued guilty pleas in federal court on charges that they defrauded the Social Security Administration.

Feeding the soul and feeding the hungry: Church provides 65,000 meals to area families Video included

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A Midlands church is taking God's message beyond the sanctuary walls and into the community, by providing 65,000 meals to area families.

Robin Williams reportedly cremated, ashes scattered off CA coast

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According to his official death certificate, actor and comedian Robin Williams was cremated one day after his death.


Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart Video included

Instant Ramen Instant Ramen
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Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.

Political experts dissect gubernatorial election Video included

Professors from across the state spoke to USC students Thursday. Professors from across the state spoke to USC students Thursday.
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We're just months away from going to the polls. On Thursday, professors from around the state talked about the gubernatorial race at a symposium hosted at the University of South Carolina.

West Columbia Mayor, council member exchange heated words Video included

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Supporters of West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens hosted a news conference Thursday afternoon, hoping to refute results of an audit of city business. But that meeting didn't go as planned.

Anderson Co. Sheriff tells accused burglar to 'get a real job'

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Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said a suspect in an early morning burglary last week is the same man who was charged along with his siblings in the theft of puppies from P.A.W.S. earlier in the year.

Gamecocks garner eight selections on coaches All-SEC teams

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The University of South Carolina garnered eight selections on the preseason All-SEC team as chosen by the 14 league coaches.

Coroner: Heart issue may have killed high school student

Chaquantei Fowler (Source: WHNS) Chaquantei Fowler (Source: WHNS)

The Spartanburg County coroner says a high school student who collapsed on the track and died may have had a heart-related issue.

How to protect your kids from online predators Video included

The South Carolina ICAC Task Force has put away hundreds of online predators. The South Carolina ICAC Task Force has put away hundreds of online predators.
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The South Carolina ICAC Task Force has had an impressive record protecting kids. In August, the task force netted three arrests in two weeks.

Gamecocks one week away from season opener

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A hot and muggy afternoon on the first day of fall semester classes greeted the South Carolina football team as they worked out for about two hours at the Bluff Road practice fields. Running back Mike

Myrtle Beach NAACP: 'Bikefest is not the problem'

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The Myrtle Beach Chapter for the NAACP is talking about the Memorial Day weekend violence, outside the Myrtle Beach City Hall Thursday at 10 a.m.

WIS Investigates: More money, accidents occur as Broad River bridge project continues Video included

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A Midlands bridge project 10 years in the making is getting closer to completion, but not without costing taxpayers millions more than expected.

3 employees resign after DJJ escape Video included

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Three employees resigned from the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice following an escape in June.

Columbia chamber delivers over 12,300 signatures to help save Fort Jackson

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The "Save Our Fort" initiative, an effort started by the Columbia Chamber to gain community support for Fort Jackson, has exceeded its goal by gathering more than 12,300 petition signatures.

Bricks at Williams-Brice Stadium to bear names of Gamecock fans

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Gamecock fans can make their names a part of the new plaza at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Community members organize concert for Richard Culliver Video included

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In 2012 we introduced you to a little boy named Richard Culliver. At that time, he had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor and doctors didn't think he would make it much longer.

Former Gamecock DeVonte Holloman has career-ending neck injury

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman has what coach Jason Garrett describes as a career-ending neck injury.

Carowinds to add world's tallest and fastest 'giga coaster' Video included

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Carowinds announced Thursday plans to build the world's tallest and fastest 'giga coaster' as part of a $50 million expansion and renovation project.

Charlotte missionary, doctor deemed Ebola-free, released from hospital Video included

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Dr. Kent Brantly was in Liberia serving with Samaritan's Purse, Nancy Writebol was serving with Serving in Mission (SIM), an international Christian mission organization.

Attorney General Alan Wilson: Don't believe 'The Purge' hoax Video included

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Attorney General Alan Wilson has simple words for those of you who believe in or are spreading the Internet hoax called "The Purge": use common sense.

South Carolina Gamecocks RB Mike Davis might miss Texas A&M opener

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Steve Spurrier says 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis hasn't practiced this week and might not be ready when the ninth-ranked Gamecocks open the season against No. 21 Texas A&M in a week.

SCE&G plans solar farms in Cayce, North Charleston

South Carolina Electric & Gas is moving ahead with plans to put two solar farms on land it owns in the Lowcountry and the Midlands.

Woman charged for leaving 6 pets alone at home in Florence

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A 23-year-old woman left six animals alone at a her Florence home for several days without food and water, according to Major Carlos Raines with Florence Police.

Grandchild of W. Columbia mayor caught on camera in secure area of police department Video included

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Surveillance cameras capture West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens' grandchild walking through a secure area of the city's police department.

Deputies need help identifying man in armed robbery

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Richland County Sheriff's deputies released surveillance photos of a man wanted for the armed robbery of a gas station on Broad River Road. Investigators say he was one of two men involved in the robbery

Architect for Bull Street ballpark designed landmark facilities worldwide

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The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.

System in tropics has potential to develop

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We're keeping our eyes to the tropics for the next few days as an area of low pressure just east of the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico has the potential to develop.

Report: Woman pours bleach on boyfriend over text message

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When a woman found a text message from another female on her boyfriend's phone, deputies said she became upset, pouring bleach on him and his belongings.

SC State President Thomas Elzey: SACS accreditation is No. 1 priority Video included

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South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey is planning a visit to Atlanta in the coming days to visit officials with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to discuss the Orangeburg school's ongoing probationary status.

Parking becomes even more precious this year around USC's campus Video included

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It's going to be even busier than it usually is in downtown Columbia on Thursday as University of South Carolina students head to class for the start of the 2014 Fall Semester.

Vincent Sheheen: Gov. Nikki Haley's welfare-to-work claims misleading

Gov. Nikki Haley's Democratic opponent says her administration hasn't moved more than 20,000 people from welfare to work as claimed, since many of those people still earn so little, they continue to receive...

Greer High student back in school after sent home for red hair Video included

15-year-old Johnee' McGowen sent home for red hair. (Courtesy: Bruster family/ Aug. 20, 2014) 15-year-old Johnee' McGowen sent home for red hair. (Courtesy: Bruster family/ Aug. 20, 2014)
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A Greer High School student was sent home on Tuesday before the first bell rang because school administrators said her new hairstyle was a distraction.

SC Criminal Justice cadets taught to understand cultures in training Video included

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SC Criminal Justice cadets learn more about establishing relationships and understanding cultures in the wake of recent events in Ferguson.

WIS Investigates: Two senior drivers show off skills in WIS driving test Video included

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There are little screening requirements for senior drivers in South Carolina. With one out of 10 drivers on the road today being over the age of 70, WIS decided to put senior drivers behind the wheel to see how they handle themselves on the road.

Bishopville woman pleads guilty to defrauding Social Security Administration

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A Bishopville woman pleads guilty to defrauding the Social Security Administration.

WIS anchors take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Video included

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has infiltrated the halls of WIS!

Longtime dentist killed in Sumter County fire Video included

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The Sumter County Coroner has identified the man who died in a house fire early Wednesday morning.

Dashcam video shows Lex. Co. deputy coroner detained for DUI Video included

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A deputy coroner with the Lexington County Coroner's Office has resigned following his arrest on Tuesday for DUI.

Greenville Zoo says giraffe delivered stillborn male calf Video included

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The Greenville Zoo had to share difficult news Wednesday morning with the thousands watching the pregnancy and labor of Autumn the giraffe.

Spurrier, staff end Gamecocks practice with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and his staff took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after Tuesday's practice.

No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks turn to youth in secondary

Steve Spurrier has said several times that No. 9 South Carolina has plenty of good players, just no one knows it yet.

SC's ACT test scores stable as more take exam

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Graduating seniors' scores on the ACT remained the same as more South Carolina students than ever took the college entrance exam.

Stray bullet strikes woman in car near St. Andrews

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A woman was taken to the hospital late Tuesday night after Richland County deputies say she was hit by a bullet while riding in a car in northwest Richland County.

Sheriff: Burglary suspect unexpectedly meets up with homeowner on front porch

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A Kershaw County woman managed to run into a burglary suspect who was in the process of escaping her home as she returned from picking up her kids from school. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office arrested

SC year closes with higher-than-expected surplus

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South Carolina has again ended the fiscal year with a higher-than-expected surplus, handing legislators an additional $32 million to distribute next year.

Suspicious person call leads to meth arrests in hotel parking lot

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A suspicious person call led Richland County deputies to arrest four people on charges of manufacturing meth after chemicals were found inside a truck.

Signatures still needed to help Fort Jackson avoid cuts Video included

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The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post.

Man charged in boating crash that killed USC student

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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has arrested a man in a Lake Marion boat crash that killed a University of South Carolina student last month.

WIS Investigates: How old is too old to drive? Video included

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A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive.

Firefighters: Coffee pot to blame for Columbia strip mall fire

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Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.

Reeves wants tax referendum to level campaign playing field Video included

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Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections.

Lowcountry family: Adoption scammer faked pregnant, claimed stillbirth

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The Hall family is mostly boys, so Jeff and Kayla Hall turned to Facebook to start the process of adopting a little girl. Adoption has worked twice for them; their two youngest come from open adoptions.

Sampson Street shooter surrenders to Sumter Police

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Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street.

Video, audio show West Columbia mayor involved in traffic stop as constable Video included

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Video and audio were released showing West Columbia Joe Owens involved in a traffic stop with a motorcyclist.

Lexington Co. authorities seek two men who broke into vehicle, stole wallet

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Lexington County investigators are looking for two men who broke into a vehicle near Columbia and stole a wallet.

911 Calls released after 2 officers, 10-year-old girl shot Video included

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Officers say a 10-year-old girl was also injured when the shooter, later identified as 27-year-old Brandon Brewer, went to the home looking for the woman that lived there.

Teens accused of stealing from vehicles parked in garages

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Two Cayce teens have been arrested, accused of stealing items from vehicles parked in garages.

Suspect sought after car set on fire in hotel parking lot Video included

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Richland County deputies are looking for a man who set fire to a car and seriously damaged a second car in a hotel parking lot on Two Notch Road.

8 South Carolina hospitals may be compromised in data hack

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The hospital records of more than 4.5 million Americans may be in the hands of Chinese hackers who gained access to a system carrying personal information.

Victims feared for their lives after being attacked at apartment complex Video included

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It took seven stitches to close the deep wound on 49-year-old Inga Huiett's head. Her granddaughter is also recovering. The two were attacked by a mob of people at The Reserves at Faraway Terrace Apartments

Simple tire checks can be life-saving Video included

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Investigators blame a blown out tire for a deadly crash that killed one man Sunday night on I-26. This accident is one of hundreds that have happened in the state over the years because of tire blowouts.

Sheriff Leon Lott: County's military-grade equipment mostly for PR Video included

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The situation in Missouri is raising questions about the use of assault weapons and armored vehicles by law enforcement. Those questions have been posed before here in Richland County.

Former South Carolina Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw shines in preseason debut

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Former USC quarterback Connor Shaw put together a performance that nearly won Monday's preseason contest for the Cleveland Browns.

Irmo High School's construction continues with new arts magnet building Video included

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As the week continues, more kids are headed back to school in the Midlands, but it's not just a new school year for those at one Lexington-Richland District Five School.

20 arrested as part of month-long drug crackdown

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Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.

Report: Woman steals phone, tries to sell it back to victim Video included

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A Spartanburg woman accused of trying to sell a stolen cell phone has been arrested, according to Spartanburg Public Safety.

Cocky takes part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Just days away from taking the field and getting the fans in an uproar for the Gamecocks' season opener against Texas A&M, Cocky was found on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium for a good cause. The popular

City police, fire departments aim to raise awareness for breast cancer

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The Columbia Police and Fire Departments are looking for your help in raising breast cancer awareness.

Injury bug sidelines two more Gamecocks as prep begins for Aggies

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After two players went down with injuries in Saturday's scrimmage, the Gamecocks aim to keep players healthy.

Orangeburg County murder suspect surrenders to authorities

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Investigators with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office say a 36-year-old man sought for a fatal shooting on Sunday morning has surrendered to authorities.

Coroner identifies person killed after tire blows on I-26 Video included

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One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.

Child takes popsicles to firefighters battling fire at neighbor's home

A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf) A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
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A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon.

35 cartons of Newports stolen in convenience store robbery Video included

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Richland County deputies say they're looking for a man who broke into a Garners Ferry Road convenience store and made off with 35 cartons of Newport cigarettes.

DHEC confirms case of rabies in fox

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A Gilbert resident has been referred to a health care facility after a potential rabies exposure, the Department of Health and Environmental Control said on Monday.

SLED agents cleared in fatal July murder suspect shooting

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A pair of SLED agents who fatally wounded a murder suspect outside a St. George hotel have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

KershawHealth reorganizes EMS program

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Kershaw County's hospital system has reorganized its EMS program in an effort to improve responses to medical emergencies.

Single game tickets for South Carolina football on sale

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Single game football tickets for five University of South Carolina home football games now are on sale to the general public.

Hottest temps of the summer could come this week Video included

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Summer vacation may be over for school students however, summer weather is in full swing!

SC unemployment rises to 5.7 percent

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South Carolina's unemployment has risen nearly half a percentage point after three straight months without change.

Losing ticket buys Columbia woman new home

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In a reversal of fortune, a Columbia woman's losing lottery ticket won her $100,000.

Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break

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President Barack Obama is getting off the island.

Midlands native Anthony Gagliardi takes home $500,000 prize in fishing tournament Video included

Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round) Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
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It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.

Students, teachers head back to school this week Video included

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For many kids in the Midlands Monday will be their first day back to school. After a fun and exciting summer, students at Harbison West Elementary are ready to take on a mixed bag of subjects -- from

Newberry County deputies searching for burglary suspect wearing bicycle outfit

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Newberry County deputies and SLED are searching for a burglary suspect on Jalapa Rd. just north of Newberry, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday. 

Gamecocks begin season in top 10

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The preseason AP Poll was released on Sunday afternoon and South Carolina checked in ranked No. 9 in the country.

Former USC football player arrested after punch

Hutton (Source: WCSC) Hutton (Source: WCSC)

A former South Carolina football player is charged with assault and battery after police say he punched a man in the face and left him in a Charleston hospital with a fractured skull.

Woman cited for climbing into zoo's giraffe pen

Giraffe yard at Henry Vilas Zoo. (Source: Henry Vilas Zoo/Facebook) Giraffe yard at Henry Vilas Zoo. (Source: Henry Vilas Zoo/Facebook)
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Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face.

911 calls released in fatal Mt. Pleasant plane crash Video included

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Investigators towed the small-engine aircraft on Friday, a day after the crash that killed the two passengers aboard during a training flight.

US: Living dead man's family must repay benefits

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The government wants to recoup benefits paid to relatives of an Ohio man who was declared legally dead and then turned up alive.

Lawsuit filed in school bus sexual assault Video included

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A lawsuit has been filed against Greenwood School District 50 and several administrators in wake of a 2013 incident in which a student with special needs was sexually assaulted on a school bus.

Sumter police looking for robbery suspect

Photo of a robbery suspect wanted by Sumter police. (Source: Sumter Police Department) Photo of a robbery suspect wanted by Sumter police. (Source: Sumter Police Department)
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Detectives are looking for a man who robbed a Liberty Street convenience store Saturday afternoon in Sumter.

Hill to take over at QB for Manziel at Texas A&M

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Kenny Hill is taking over for Johnny Football.

Woman hurt drinking iced tea with lye improves

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A woman who unknowingly drank iced tea laced with an industrial cleaning solution at a Utah restaurant has whispered and gotten out of bed, her lawyer said Saturday.

Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he's kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential...

Help with shoelace goes viral on Facebook

(Source: Central Florida News 13/CNN) (Source: Central Florida News 13/CNN)

 The young store clerk hopes what he did will become a more commonplace thing.

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