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23-year-old accused of breaking into Eau Claire High School

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A 23-year-old stands accused of breaking into Eau Claire High School and vandalism several trophy cases inside, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Hampton, Quarles sought for questioning, Sutton stabbed in NYC incident Video included

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The New York City Police Department is investigating a beating at a nightclub and seeking two former Gamecocks for questioning in connection with the incident.

Teacher accused of sending sex videos of self to students Video included

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A Cleveland County middle school teacher turned herself in to police on Tuesday after she reportedly sent sexual videos of herself to a student.

Police release photos of armed robbery at Walmart

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Columbia Police have released several photos of an armed robbery at a Walmart on April 10th.

Grower: early SC peach crop hit by March freeze

Peach lovers may have to wait a while this year. Growers say a late March freeze caused major damage in the Aiken area and the fruit might be scarce until July.

Honor Flight Grand Strand taking final trip to D.C. Wednesday

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The Grand Strand chapter of the Honor Flight Network will be flying veterans to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. for the last time Wednesday.

DSS director to testify before Senate panel

The director of South Carolina's Department of Social Services is expected to testify before a Senate subcommittee created to investigate the agency.

Artworks by USC faculty, students at auction

Artworks by faculty and students at the University of South Carolina are being auctioned for a good cause.

5 primary challengers to Sen. Graham to debate

Five of the six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are meeting in a debate in Aiken.

Horry County votes to ban beach tents Video included

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Council members voted to ban the use of beach tents in unincorporated areas along the beaches in Horry County on Tuesday. The county is responsible for about 14 miles of beaches along the Grand Strand.

Winthrop Poll shows approval for SC leaders

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The newest Winthrop Poll numbers are in, and almost 50% of respondents in South Carolina approve of how Governor Nikki Haley is doing her job.

Charleston Southern stuns South Carolina, 4-1

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Gamecocks baseball won't make excuses, but playing without four regulars due to injury tonight against Charleston Southern definitely hurt.

Weapon identified in 7-year-old's fatal shooting

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The Lexington County Sheriff's Department has identified the weapon involved in connection with the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl in Gaston.

Midlands runner pays special tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing victims Video included

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For the past year, people around the world have been showing their support for the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombings. It's a movement known as Boston Strong.

Sheheen hits Haley on alleged DSS incompetence Video included

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Members of a legislative committee expect to post some hard questions to the state's Social Services Department chief on Wednesday.

On Tax Day, same-sex marriage supporters protest state's tax laws

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A group that represents South Carolina's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community partnered with ACLU of South Carolina to protest what they say are unfair marriage and tax laws.

White supremacist facing murder charges in Kansas court

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A white supremacist is facing a capital murder charge and a premeditated first-degree murder charge in the deaths of three people at two Jewish center shootings. A judge set bond at $10 million.

Accused white supremacist shooter held SC Klan rally in '84 Video included

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Thirty years before he allegedly gunned down three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas City in a story that made national headlines, suspect Glen Miller led a Ku Klux Klan rally in Lexington County.

Bomb threat causes building evacuation at Clemson

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Fike Recreation Center was evacuated after a bomb threat on Tuesday.

Sen. Graham awards medals to WWII veteran at USS Yorktown

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham made a stop in the Lowcountry on Tuesday not to deliver a campaign speech, but to honor an elderly man for his service to our country over 70 years ago.

USC students upset over ticket limitations for graduation Video included

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More than 1,000 USC students have spoken up about Vice President Joe Biden giving the school's commencement address after they learned they would be given a limited number of tickets to allow their families to attend.

Coach Swinney to name Stoudt as Clemson QB

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Cole Stoudt is slated to be named the new starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers, coach Dabo Swinney told FOX Sports in a phone conversation Tuesday.

County begins spraying for mosquitoes

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Richland County officials say spraying for mosquito prevention will begin this month.

Clemson QB Chad Kelly dismissed from team

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After a Saturday where he threw two interceptions and was benched during the annual Orange and White Spring Game following an argument with the team's coaching staff, Clemson Tigers quarterback Chad Kelly has been dismissed from the team, according to the Athletics Department.

Tax Day information and freebies

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - April 15 is the deadline to file taxes. Haven't filed yet? Here are some things to know. Procrastinators who haven't yet filed by April 15 may file form 4868 for an automatic

Sheriff: woman who left hospital after crash located nearby

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Orangeburg investigators say a woman who disappeared from a hospital shortly after being treated for injuries from a car accident has been located.

Time stands still in Sumter after clocks break

Time appears to be standing still in Sumter, where the clocks on the city's Opera House tower have been stuck at 12 o'clock for much of this month.

Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary

The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.

SC Education agency pulls out of testing program

South Carolina Education Superintendent Mick Zais has withdrawn the state from testing for new standards next year.

Lancaster man dies after hit, dragged by car

A Lancaster County man has died after authorities say he was hit by a car and then dragged underneath it.

Report: Clemson coaches should stop leading religious activities Video included

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A Wisconsin-based organization has filed a complaint against Clemson University, claiming the football program is entangled with religion, which they claim is a constitutional concern.

Deputies seek suspect in Spartanburg cross burning Video included

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Deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office are investigating an arson case after a wooden crucifix was found burned outside a local church.

Family seeks answers after 7-year-old killed in accidental shooting Video included

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A 7-year-old girl was shot and killed at a birthday party Saturday and deputies say a 5-year-old pulled the trigger.

W. Columbia council votes to strip meeting powers from mayor Video included

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West Columbia City Council has voted 5 to 4 to strip Mayor Joe Owens of his power to preside over council meetings.

Largest venomous rattlesnakes in N. America tracked in Francis Marion

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A search team at the Francis Marion National Forest has been tracking eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. The team is using technology to tag and track the rattlesnakes, not all that different, but much bigger than a microchip in your pet.

State Senator: USC Upstate about "indoctrination", not education Video included

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Earlier this year, House representatives cut roughly $17,000 from the USC Upstate budget over a required reading textbook about the history of gay radio. Now new cuts could result over a performance piece titled "How to Be A Lesbian in 10 Days or Less."

Lawsuit: Off-duty deputy's arrest of soldier was 'complete humiliation' Video included

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The chain of events stunned patrons at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbia last October. But when video shot by one of those customers hit our airwaves and then the Internet, outrage spread all over the country.

'Christmas Bill' would change the way students are taught about holidays Video included

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It's a debate that happens every year, though not always in April. State lawmakers are debating who can say "Merry Christmas."

Drug trafficking arrest leads to 4 other arrests

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Sheriff's Deputies say the arrest of a man on drug trafficking charge led to the arrest of several others on similar charges.

Haley signs bill requiring more DUI locks on cars

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won't let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking.

22-year-old arrested, charged in March sexual assault case

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A 22-year-old has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a woman last month at a residence on South Saluda Avenue.

Man arrested in break-in, sexual attack

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Columbia police have arrested a man accused of forcing his way into a home and sexually assaulting a woman last month.

Police have no leads in attack that put woman in hospital Video included

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West Columbia police said Monday they have no leads in a violent home invasion that put a 28-year-old woman in the hospital.

Flavor Flav pleads guilty in Las Vegas battery case

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Hip-hop artist Flavor Flav pleaded guilty to two counts Monday in connection with his arrest nearly two years ago after police said he chased his girlfriend's son with knives.

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and descended to the bottom of the Atlantic, killing 1,514 passengers. Take a look back at images from the "unsinkable" ship's century-long hold on  the world's attention.

X-ray machines working again at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

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Security scanners at Columbia Metropolitan Airport are working again after they were shut down because of technical problems.

Detectives say robbery led to Lexington County shooting Video included

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Lexington County sheriff's investigators say robbery was the motive for a shooting that led to a manhunt near Chapin on April 8.

Deputies investigate source of gun used in accidental shooting of child

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Richland County Sheriff's investigators are trying to determine who owned a gun that was used in the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old.

Study will determine economic impact of Heritage PGA stop

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With the RBC Heritage being played this weekend on Hilton Head Island, researchers are working to get an updated figure on just how much money the PGA tour stop pumps into the local economy.

DHEC wants public's help tracking West Nile in SC

Public health officials are seeing the public's help in tracking the arrival of the West Nile virus in South Carolina.

Victim identified in deadly hit-and-run, HP looking for driver Video included

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The Richland County Coroner has identified the woman killed in a hit-and-run Saturday night on Leesburg Road.

Sheriff's department warns of shady characters offering pressure washing

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The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be on the lookout for two men offering pressure-washing services.

Shaw, Boyd yards apart, this time in shopping mall

It was like Carolina-Clemson in April when hundreds of fans lined up to get autographs from the former quarterbacks for the South Carolina Gamecock and Clemson Tiger football teams at a Myrtle Beach mall.

Monday After the Masters continues to grow with success Video included

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It's a Monday like no other in Myrtle Beach - Monday After the Masters. It drives in people from across the US and even other countries.

Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am tees off Monday

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A field led by PGA Tour stars Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk, and Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, Bruce Smith, Richard Dent and Marcus Allen will join Hootie & the Blowfish at the 20th annual Monday After Masters Celebrity Pro-Am at Barefoot Resort's Dye Course on Monday.

Woman arrested after 7 dead babies found in home

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Police accused a Utah woman of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years after they found the tiny bodies stuffed in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan

'Walk a Mile In Her Shoes' at the State House Video included

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On Thursday, men from across the Midlands will be standing up against sexual assault and abuse, one pair of heels at a time.

SC soldier who died in Afghanistan laid to rest Video included

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Capt. James Edward "Ed" Chaffin, III, 27, was laid to rest Saturday in West Columbia. Chaffin died April 1 while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Ed was a 2005 Honor Graduate

Attempted armed robbery reported near USC campus Video included

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Columbia police are looking for information about an attempted armed robbery. It happened just after 1 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Pickens Street. Police say a man was approached by three men in a

Driver not expected to face charges after hitting pedestrian

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A driver who struck a pedestrian early Sunday morning in Lexington County will not face any charges, the South Carolina Highway Patrol reported.

SC Medicaid pays $50,000 to monitor social media

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Medicaid agency is paying an institute at Clemson University $50,000 to monitor Facebook, Twitter, bloggers and other social media. The Post and Courier of Charleston

Population losses a concern in Orangeburg County

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Orangeburg County officials are trying to figure out why the county's population shrunk while the rest of the state grew by 3 percent. U.S. Census numbers released earlier this

'God' sues credit rating agency

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. According to the New York Post, God Gazarov of Brooklyn

US Forest Service conducting controlled burn in Newberry County

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The US Forest Service will be conducting a 1,200 + acre burn under controlled conditions off Brazelman's Bridge Road and near US 176, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office announced.  The area is north

How SC students will be tested next year unknown

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A years-long effort by state officials to help create standardized tests for South Carolina's public schools may become moot, leaving uncertain how students will be tested next spring. More

Group turns to social media to help fix SC roads Video included

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Many say South Carolina is known for having some of the worst roads in the country.

Gamecocks fall 4-3 to Florida in 13 innings

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Despite tallying 14 hits, fourth-ranked South Carolina fell to 13th-ranked Florida 4-3 in 13 innings on Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 28-6 on the year and 8-6 in the conference

Defense dominates Clemson spring game

With all eyes on Clemson's ongoing quarterback derby, defense dominated the Orange and White Game at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Harvick survives shootout for 1st Darlington win

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Kevin Harvick capped his biggest weekend at Darlington Raceway with his first Southern 500 victory Saturday night, passing Dale Earnhardt Junior two laps from the end of the longest race in the track's 65-year NASCAR...

Sons of fallen officer find joy in new family addition

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It's been exactly one month since Jason Crisp, a Forest Service officer, and his K-9 Maros were killed during a manhunt in Burke county. But after weeks of pain, the fallen officers family got a bit of joy Saturday.

Judge orders man to hold 'I AM A BULLY' sign

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An Ohio judge has ordered a man convicted of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children to stand on a street corner with a sign that says "I AM A BULLY!"

New stars ready to shine in annual South Carolina Spring Game

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Quarterback Dylan Thompson and the Black team scored fast and early and dispatched the Garnet team in the annual Spring Game by a score of 28-10.

1 killed, 4 injured in single-vehicle crash

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating what caused a crash on I-20 that killed one person and injured four others. Authorities said the single-vehicle accident happened on the eastbound lane

Baseball player, 12, dies after hit by line drive

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A middle school baseball player from Wilmington has died after being hit by a line drive during practice.

Dawn Staley makes off-the-bench TD catch at USC Spring Game

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USC women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley made a special appearance at Saturday's Garnet and Black game.

1 killed in motorcycle crash

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One person was killed in a motorcycle crash sometime during the overnight hours in Lexington County, the South Carolina Highway Patrol reported.

1 dead 1 charged in upstate SC shooting

Authorities say an argument led to a shooting that resulted in one man's death and the arrest of another in Pickens County.

Soccer girls get 'happy' before game Video included

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Lower Richland and Chapin High School girl's soccer teams had a little fun Friday before their game at Lower Richland High School.

Toll project on I-77 in Charlotte moving forward

Work is expected to being late this year on adding toll lanes on Interstate 77 through Charlotte.

Are expired drugs still safe to take? It depends Video included

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Many medicines have a shelf life well beyond the date on the bottle, but some should never be used beyond the expiration date.

Plane crashes en route to SC, kills 2

Officials say two people have been killed in a plane crash near Riverside in eastern Kanawha County.

Mom grateful for soldier who saved her son's life Video included

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A U.S. Army Central soldier saved the life of one man and gave proper first aid to another following an accident on Highway 378 in Sumter Thursday, officials with Shaw Air Force Base said.

Woman accused of tossing shoe at Clinton released

A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday.

Gamecocks defeat Florida 4-1 in series opener

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Fourth-ranked South Carolina erased a one-run deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fifth including a two-run single from Grayson Greiner and added an insurance run in the eighth inning on the way

T-Mobile to sell 4G iPads at same price as Wi-Fi

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Rival carriers typically charge $130 extra for 4G devices.

Spirit Airlines tops complaint list in new report

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Spirit Airlines is the most complained about U.S. airline, according to a new consumer report.

Searchers race to find jet; no new signals heard Video included

With no new underwater signals detected, the search for the missing Malaysian passenger jet resumed Saturday in a race against time to find its dying black boxes five weeks after families first learned their loved ones...

Vehicle fire on Jarvis Klapman Blvd stops traffic Video included

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Fire crews are responding to a vehicle fire on Jarvis Klapman Blvd.

William "Skip" Holbrook sworn in as Columbia's new police chief Video included

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William "Skip" Holbrook took the oath of office Friday morning in front of a packed room at Columbia City Hall.

Masters gets colorful pairing with Poulter, Fowler

There's one group the fashion police will probably have an eye on Saturday.

Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole Video included

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Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

Warning for e-cigarette users Video included

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The FDA hasn't weighed in on the health effects of e-cigarettes, but South Carolina's poison control center is noticing a disturbing trend with the product.

DNR divers search river for second day Video included

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Crews with the Department of Natural Resources are back searching the Congaree River Friday for a possible person who jumped from the Gervais Street Bridge Thursday morning.

Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

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Attorney and former Circuit Court Judge Tom Ervin announced Friday he will bypass the June republican primary and will seek the governor's office through a petition candidacy.

Mark Sanford accused of violating divorce terms

The ex-wife of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has accused the congressman of violating the couple's divorce agreement.

Columbia's independent 10 day film festival kicks off Friday Video included

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Indie Grits, Columbia's own film festival kicks off its 8th year Friday.

Woman gets life in prison in stiletto heel slaying

A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head.

Manager at Charlotte pizza restaurant tests positive for Hepatitis Video included

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The Mecklenburg County Health Department is investigating a potential health risk in a Charlotte-area restaurant.

Woman killed in single-vehicle crash

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The Lexington County Coroner's Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating a single-vehicle accident which happened Thursday morning.

Big sports weekend means green for area businesses

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This is a big weekend for sports fans with the Southern 500 and the Masters and the Columbia area happens to be right in the middle of it all. Businesses are booming and the crowds are coming. General

Woman who killed hit man hired by husband has message for survivors

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Her own husband paid to have her killed. Instead, the Portland woman killed her attacker with her bare hands. Now, almost eight years later, her ex could walk free again.

I-26 clear after tractor-trailer incidents

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Interstate 26 is clear after two incidents involving tractor-trailers in Lexington County.

Video released in armed robbery at convenience store Video included

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Richland County Sheriff's Deputies have released surveillance video of an armed robbery at a convenience store on Two Notch Road.

NASCAR owner Gene Haas granted F1 License

NASCAR owner Gene Haas says he has been granted a license from Formula One's governing body to start what he hopes will be a U.S.-based entry in the global series.

Father, son spend a combined 100 years at The Masters

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Everyone who makes it to The Masters has a story: how they got to The Masters, how long they waited for a ticket, or how many times they've been here. For a father and son, it's been a long-standing tradition.

Court says Tuomey must pay $30 million in 10 days

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A federal court has ordered a Sumter hospital to pay a $30 million bond within 10 days.

Chamber music program encourages creativity among inmates Video included

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"I would see the music in the hymnal and I didn't know what all those squiggly lines were. If they can teach me how to read music, they can teach anybody."

Man wanted for breaking child's leg has been arrested

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The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says a man wanted for child abuse has been arrested.

Chapin clerk: 'We want to remain a democracy' Video included

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A quorum of Chapin Town Council members passed first reading and named an interim town attorney Thursday without any say from the town's mayor and another councilman.

Deputies need help identifying suspect in fatal shooting in Holly Hill

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The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community for assistance in identifying and locating a suspect who may have been involved in a fatal shooting.

1st female physician in US House speaks in Columbia

The first female physician to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives is speaking at the Columbia Convention Center on the nation's health disparities.

New meters collecting change for Myrtle Beach's homeless Video included

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More meters are coming soon to Myrtle Beach, but these ones aren't collecting coins to pay for parking.

Richland One volunteer helps students grow through game of chess Video included

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Lendel Robinson started an after-school chess club program at Lower Richland High School three years ago, and he has been faithfully there almost every Wednesday since.

Strippers sue Columbia, Greenville clubs over wages

A group of strippers is suing several South Carolina nightclubs, saying they weren't paid according to federal standards.

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius to resign after rocky healthcare rollout

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After a rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act in October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post, according to the Associated Press.

City leaders welcome new police chief to the capital city Video included

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The City of Columbia is getting to know the man who will take control of the city's police department.

Inmate testifies he received special treatment in former SC sheriff trial Video included

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Jurors in Chesterfield County heard eyebrow raising testimony from one of the inmates at the center of former Sheriff Sam Parker's corruption trial, Thursday.

Black lawmakers appeal to DoD over hairstyle ban

Sixteen female members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color." Sixteen female members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color."
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. Sixteen

4 arrested on meth manufacturing charges near Gaston

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Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Wednesday, seized a methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Irvin Jumper Street near Gaston.

Man accused of groping teen at hotel

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A man turned himself in Wednesday after police say he fondled a 15-year-old at a hotel in October.

A worker was trapped on top of a cell tower in Charlotte Thursday.

Haley campaign has $4M available; Sheheen: $1.7M

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign has about $4.3 million available after her first-quarter fundraising, while her Democratic challenger has $1.7 million in the bank. The Republican governor

$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

NC man sentenced to jail for sucking woman's toes

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A North Carolina man who sucked an unwilling woman's toes inside a Wal-Mart has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Heartbleed bug makes personal data vulnerable to hackers Video included

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A major security hole has been discovered in some computer code designed to protect your information.

Chief: Woman's claim of sexual assault by police impersonator made up Video included

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Springdale Police say a case involving a woman claiming to have been sexually assaulted by a man impersonating a police officer was made up.

Lattimore set for 'second-year step', says NFL analyst

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San Francisco 49ers running back and former Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore should be ready to take a big leap forward this upcoming football season, says an analyst with NFL.com.

Lady in Black increases efforts to attract college students for race day Video included

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NASCAR has put pressure on racetracks to appeal to a new crop of younger fans, and Darlington Raceway responded in a big way this year.

Senators continue debate on 'personhood' bill Video included

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Senators continue to debate the question of when life begins. On Thursday, medical experts and theologists weighed in on the debate and legislation that seeks to give embryos in-utero constitutional rights.

Anonymous threat forces White Knoll High's evacuation

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White Knoll High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon after school administrators found an anonymous threat written on a wall, Lexington School District One officials said.

Officials: Kidnapping may have been retaliation for drug cases

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A federal law enforcement official says a man kidnapped from his North Carolina home may have been targeted because of his daughter's work as a prosecutor on drug and gang cases.

Palmetto State Armory will double workforce with expansion

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A South Carolina-based gun manufacturer will double its workforce with an expansion into Lexington County, according to Gov. Nikki Haley's office.

Kayaker rescued from rock on Saluda River Video included

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A kayaker who was stranded on a rock in the Saluda River has been rescued, according to the Columbia Fire Department.

SC Missing: Solicitor reopens file of the 'I-20 girl' case Video included

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A wooded area at a truck stop on Interstate 20 in Darlington County was a crime scene 14 years ago when a woman's body was discovered. For more than a decade, this woman lay in a Darlington County cemetery without anyone knowing her name.

Toal: Judges need more info to make bond decisions

South Carolina's top judge says her colleagues on the bench need more information when deciding whether to release someone on bond.

State House continues discussions about holding third graders back who don't read at grade level Video included

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Inside the State House lawmakers continue to debate a measure that could force third graders who do not read at grade level to repeat the third grade. This after a study found roughly three out of ten

SC prison guard shooting suspect pleads guilty

An Orangeburg man has admitted conspiring to kill a prison guard in a hit orchestrated by an inmate on an illegal cellphone.

Upstate man bowls perfect game at age 95 Video included

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Every week inside Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, there is a bowler who inspires those around him as he earns spares and strikes at age 95.

Bill would give politicians 30 days to repay misused campaign funds Video included

If you want to prevent campaign spending abuse, you want to *up* the penalties, not decrease them, right? Well, maybe not necessarily.

Student victims in PA high school stabbing expected to survive, officials say Video included

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A 16 year old was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stabbing 22 at a Pennsylvania school.

Boo Major named SEC Coach of the Year

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The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday announced its 2014 postseason equestrian awards, as determined by a vote of the league's four head coaches.

Gov. Haley expected to sign Emma's Law Video included

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Emma's Law, a bill which cracks down on first time and continuing DUI offenders if they have a blood alcohol content above .15 at the time of their arrest, has passed the Senate on a unanimous vote.

Senate, House pass versions of texting ban

South Carolina is closer to having its first statewide ban on texting while driving.

City leaders moving forward with Bull Street development Video included

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On Tuesday, Columbia City Council agreed to enter into an agreement with Hardball Capital LLC to bring a minor league team to the capital city. As part of the agreement, the city plans to build a new

Irmo native Dustin Johnson makes fifth appearance at the Masters Video included

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Irmo native and Dutch Fork High School graduate Dustin Johnson is back in the Masters field this year. This will be his fifth appearance at Augusta National but this one is very different from all the

Bus driver and aide who left 6-year-old on bus no longer work for school district

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A Lexington School District One bus driver and aide who left a child on a bus for six hours last month no longer work for the district, a spokesperson with the school district said Wednesday. In March,

First responders honored for saving deputy's life Video included

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A Richland County sheriff's deputy was responding to a burglary last November when he lost control of his car and hit a tree. That left deputy Robert Furgal trapped in his burning car. After spending

High school student charged with making threat

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Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies on Wednesday charged a 15-year-old boy who is a student at White Knoll High School with communicating a bomb threat at the school on Tuesday.

Former SC jail guard sentenced in inmate beating Video included

A former South Carolina prison guard has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for the beating of a handcuffed homeless man.

SC GOP uses same rhetoric to blast democratic gubernatorial candidate second time around Video included

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The South Carolina Republican Party on Wednesday again ramped up efforts to put Democratic challenger for governor Vincent Sheheen on the defensive. The GOP accused Sheheen, an attorney, of making money

VA officials grilled on Capitol Hill regarding hospital backlog Video included

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In November, we showed you how 44-year-old Barry Coates' delay in care allowed his cancerous tumor to grow for more than a year.

Emergency lane closure needed to repair I-26 in Lex. Co.

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An emergency lane closure on Interstate 26 in Lexington County could cause some congestion during Wednesday evening's rush hour and overnight into Thursday.

Gas line leak clamped off near Forest Drive Video included

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Several roads are closed in Forest Acres while crews fix a broken gas line.

Court ruling rejects delay by DSS in child sex-reassignment case

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A ruling by the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court has rejected a motion from the state Social Services Department to delay a case brought forth by the parents of an 8-year-old child who was given  sexual-reassignment surgery while under the state's care.

Inmate charged with 2006 home invasion, murder

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An inmate at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center already charged with a 2006 murder and armed robbery case has been charged with yet another murder and armed robbery case from 2006.

SC Democratic June ballot to ask about marijuana

The South Carolina Democratic primary ballot in June will ask voters whether they support legalizing medical marijuana to treat severe illnesses.

Joe Biden to give USC commencement speech in May

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Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver the commencement speech at the University of South Carolina next month, according to university officials.

VW tells dealers to stop selling 4 models

Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.

169th Fighter Wing returns from southwest Asia Video included

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Two-hundred and fifty airmen from the South Carolina Air National Guard are back on solid ground and home since leaving for southwest Asia three months ago.

Police seek driver and truck in investigation of stolen machinery

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Law enforcement officials need the public's help identifying a truck and the driver in an investigation into the theft of machinery at the Lexington Medical Center.

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On Tuesday night, the Columbia City Council voted to build a new, state-of-the-art stadium for Savannah Sand Gnats' owners Hardball Capital, casting uncertainty on the minor league baseball team's future in Savannah.

Lexington Co. added to SC federal disaster declaration

Lexington County has been added to South Carolina areas eligible for federal disaster relief after a February storm that caused more than $430 million in damage.

PLAY BALL: City Council passes Bull Street ballpark plan Video included

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After months of discussion, Columbia City Council has voted in favor of plan to build a ballpark at the site of the old state Mental Health Hospital on Bull Street.

Voters select boat salesman in low turnout Lexington election

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Voters in Lexington selected a boat salesman over a former town mayor and several other write-in candidates to take over a vacant council seat.

Edisto, Haw rivers considered endangered

A national conservation group has named two rivers in the Carolinas as among the nation's 10 most endangered.

State gas prices jump 17 cents in past month

Gas prices in South Carolina have jumped 17 cents in the past month.

Report: Charges reduced for driver in minivan in ocean case

Prosecutors in Daytona Beach say they've filed attempted second-degree murder and child abuse charges against a pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three small children into the Atlantic surf.

Popular Riverbanks pair to be relocated during construction Video included

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One of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's most popular pairs will soon be temporarily transferred to Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma as part of Riverbanks' $32 million park-wide expansion and development project.

Teen fugitives extradited back to TN Video included

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Four Tennessee teens arrested after a manhunt last week could be extradited back to that state as early as Tuesday night.

Wildlife experts set traps, use technology to catch deadly snake

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The hunt continues for a snake that wildlife experts say ranks among the top five deadliest in the world. An exterminator found the shed skin of a Gaboon Viper last week at an apartment complex in Mount Pleasant.

NASCAR's focus turns to Darlington Video included

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Southern 500 set for Saturday at the track Too Tough to Tame.

Online security flaw exposes millions of passwords

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem...

Martin's three-run homer puts South Carolina over Furman

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Fourth ranked South Carolina belted out 14 hits including a three-run homer by Kyle Martin on the way to a 9-2 victory vs. Furman on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Fluor Field.

Voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales countywide

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Voters in Kershaw County will decide in November if people should be allowed to buy alcohol on Sundays.

Chapin to still meet despite legal controversy

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A special called meeting by three Chapin Town Council members is causing controversy and more court paperwork.

Second unrelated shooting happened in Vista on same night of Five Points brawl Video included

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A few days ago, we showed you exclusive video of the fistfight and shooting that left a young man wounded in Five Points.

State inspector's report details fund mismanagement at SC State

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A report from the state inspector general's office did not identify any sort of fraud that led to the fiscal crisis currently gripping South Carolina State University.

Storm debris cleanup crew member dead after being hit by vehicle on I-26 Video included

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Officials say a debris cleanup crew member was killed in an accident on Interstate-26 Sunday afternoon.

9 write-in candidates vying for open Lexington council seat Video included

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Even with nine candidates vying for the seat on Lexington's town council, poll workers at one precinct said they'd be lucky to break triple digits from voters coming in. With such low voter turnout, voters say candidates may not be reaching the right demographics.

No charges in case where child was killed near bus stop

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No charges will be filed against the driver of a pickup truck that hit a 6-year-old Orangeburg County child while he was walking across a street to reach a school bus, according to a report from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

SC Senate passes bill allowing legal bridge games

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A bill that would allow retirees to legally play bridge passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday, two weeks after a senator threatened to challenge South Carolina's centuries-old antigambling laws in court.

Pollen may be annoying, but it's the color of money in SC Video included

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It may choke allergy-sufferers and drive people who like clean cars crazy, but all that pollen in the air means money to South Carolina.

Benedict music program gets $500,000 grant for scholarships

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Benedict College has received a $500,000 grant from the Ray Charles Foundation for its music program.

Crews clear scene after bomb threat forces courthouse evacuation, street closure

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Emergency crews have cleared the area around the City of Columbia courthouse after finding no evidence of a bomb.

Man fatally shot by deputies in York Co. after pointing gun at them

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A suicidal man was fatally shot by York County deputies early Tuesday morning.

From stranger to savior: Dreher High coach saves 3-year-old from choking Video included

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He was once a stranger to Anna Majure -- just a man behind her in the drive-through at a local fast food restaurant on Forest Drive. But in a split second, Clark McCarthy went from stranger to savior.

Man wanted for stealing $1,600 in cigarettes Video included

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Richland County deputies are searching for a man who stole $1,600 in cigarettes from a convenience store.

Four fugitive teens to be extradited to Tenn.

The four Tennessee teens who led police on a 10-hour chase last week will be heading back to the Volunteer State.

Lawmakers threaten to cut USC Upstate funds after gay lifestyle seminar Video included

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A flier on the campus of USC Upstate in Spartanburg shows the dates and times for the Bodies of Knowledge symposium which starts Thursday, but it's the subject surrounding it that has students talking.

City Council appears poised to pass Bull Street baseball park plan Video included

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After months of debate, discussion, and sometimes moments of deteriorating discourse, four members of Columbia City Council appear to be leaning in the direction of voting in favor of a plan that would

Strong cold front brings heavy showers to parts of Midlands

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A strong cold front pushing through the state brought rain and high winds to the Midlands on Monday afternoon.

Vehicle fire causes traffic backups on I-77

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is currently working the scene of a vehicle fire in the southbound lane of Interstate 77 near mile marker 11.

2014 ice storm damage to timber is price of annual harvest

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The winter storm of February 2014 cost millions of dollars in losses to South Carolina's number-one cash crop. The South Carolina Forestry Commission says $360 million worth of timber damage was sustained

SC program guiding underprivileged teens to productive paths Video included

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The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy has been around for more than 20 years and it's guiding teens to a productive path -- a path many weren't on before.

Two killed in moped crash identified

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A 46-year-old woman and 41-year-old man were killed after an SUV struck their moped near Orangeburg on Monday afternoon.

Man arrested after trying to drive through gates at Augusta National

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A 50-year-old man was arrested Sunday after Richmond County deputies said he tried to enter Augusta National Golf Club in his vehicle. 

Deputy finds stolen cancer statue

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A deputy patrolling Lower Richland County has found a statue of a cancer victim stolen from a Columbia park in 2012.

Chapin council calls special meeting to amend ordinance conflicting with state law

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A special called Chapin Town Council meeting was scheduled by three council members to amend a town ordinance that conflicts with state law.

SC Gov Haley to make fall trade trip to India

Gov. Nikki Haley is making a trade trip to India in November, returning for the first time since she was a toddler to the country where her parents were born.

Man accused in break-in at house under construction

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A West Columbia man is accused of breaking into a home under construction near Lexington last month.

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