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UPDATE: Student who fled Newberry High after gun fell out of backpack now in custody; school on alert mode

The schools will remain under alert mode for the remainder of the day until the situation is completely investigated. No one was injured and no shots were fired.

17-year-old identified in deadly Fairfield County accident

South Carolinians go to California to help during wildfires

2 arrested after SC narcotics team uncovers murder-for-hire plot recordings with instructions, promises of payment

Family for Life: Jimmy’s prayer

Overturned tractor trailer blocks McCords Ferry Rd. in Columbia

‘I’m going to get you out:' Good Samaritan recounts saving pilot from crashed plane

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic being diverted after accident on Bull Street, expect delays

Craig Melvin rocks out with Darius Rucker in Today’s ‘When I Grow Up’ series

Former SC Rep. Liz Patterson dies

South Beltline Blvd. in Columbia reopens after flooding blocks roadway

WIS helps raise over $14k at veterans phone bank

Looking back on the first Honor Flight in South Carolina

  Kickoff time set for USC-Clemson football game

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers will renew their Palmetto State rivalry under the lights at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

WATCH: Annual City of Columbia Veterans Day Parade

As Veterans Day is officially observed nationwide on Monday, several Midlands communities will be honoring veterans with parades and ceremonies.

  Fallen Vietnam War veterans honored in Clarendon County

Thirteen crosses stand tall outside the Clarendon County Courthouse to honor the twelve soldiers and one Airman killed in action during the Vietnam War.

Midlands Technical College named 2019 Best College for Veterans by Military Times

Midlands Technical College (MTC) has been selected by Military Times as a “Best College for Veterans” for 2019. MTC is the only two-year college in South Carolina to receive this designation.

Search for kidnapped 13-year-old NC girl enters second week

Aiken officials looking for man accused of armed robbery at loan office

Samsung honors veterans in Newberry, Sen. Lindsey Graham guest speaker

Shooting following Homecoming party at Voorhees College kills one, injures one

SC Medicaid provider sentenced to five years in prison for fraud

Post and Courier reporter alleges assault at Arrington election night event, police say

  RCSD deputy injured in the line of duty in 2002 passes away

Deputy Jerry Hurd, 57, passed away on Nov. 7. He was injured on Memorial Day 2002 while working as a prisoner transport officer receiving an inmate from another deputy when he was struck by an oncoming car.

CPD: Man wanted in 2015 sex assault and murder caught in Florida

The Columbia Police Department announced the arrest of a man wanted in the sexual assault and murder of a former acquaintance in 2015.

SC girl wins award for service project, gets surprise from deployed dad

Friday was a very exciting one for a Midlands middle school student who got the surprise of her life.

Orangeburg deputies arrest seventh suspect wanted in connection to fatal home invasion

Orangeburg deputies announced they have located and arrested the seventh and final suspect wanted in connection with the home invasion that left one-person dead late last month.

Collisions on I-20WB near Monticello Road causes delays

A collision on I-20 Westbound is causing delays. The accident happened Friday morning at Exit 68- South Carolina 215 near Monticello Rd

DHEC reports six measles cases in Spartanburg County

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is continuing its investigation into multiple measles cases in Spartanburg County and is in the process of notifying people who may have been exposed. There are currently six cases.

  Camden Police looking for man accused of inappropriately touching woman while she walked at a park

Police in Camden need your help finding a man who they say inappropriately touched a woman while she was walking at a park.

Fire officials investigate vehicle fire that spread to home in Columbia

Columbia Fire officials are working to find out why a vehicle caught fire early Friday morning.

SC health officials confirm 2018′s first flu-related death of the season

SCDHEC confirmed the first flu-related death of the 2018 flu season on Thursday.

SC Senator Tim Scott sits down WIS following midterm elections

Our Judi Gatson had a chance to sit down and talk with South Carolina Senator Time Scott on Thursday.

Why did 10 SC charter schools transfer from one district to another?

There’s a new option for public charter schools in South Carolina – and it has many of them jumping ship.

Trio of women arrested for trying to smuggle contraband into SC prisons

A trio of women were taken into custody last week after trying to bring contraband into prison o three different occasions.

SCE&G executives received ‘bonuses’ tied to failed nuclear expansion project while customers paid

SCANA CEO Jimmy Addison took the stand Thursday at the Public Service Commission hearing regarding SCE&G’s failed nuclear expansion plant, VC Summer.

Coroner IDs victims who died following ‘apparent assault’ in Richland Co.

The Richland County Coroner's Office has identified the two people who died during an apparent assault late Wednesday.

Senate subcommittee investigating drowning death of mental health patients hears from families

The families of two women who drowned while being transported by law enforcement during Hurricane Florence met with lawmakers on Thursday.

Midlands residents say they fear mass shootings could become the new normal

With back-to-back mass shootings in less than two weeks, the impacts are beings felt across the nation including here in the Midlands.

‘It’s been agonizing:’ Families of mental health patients who drowned in HCSO van speak at Senate subcommittee hearing

A South Carolina Senate subcommittee that was appointed to investigate the deaths of Nicolette Green and Wendy Newton met for the first time Thursday.

Lawsuit: Security guard on SC school property didn’t stop July 4 fireworks display in school parking lot

The lawsuit, filed in the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Common Pleas in Charleston on Oct. 23, Leah and Jonathan McCleskey are suing Richland 1 School District and Sizemore, Inc., the owners of Sizemore Security and will seek a jury trial to award an amount for damages and legal fees.

Coroner identifies person killed in Richland County motorcycle crash as 54-year-old Columbia man

One person has died after a motorcycle crash in Richland County.

Upstate sheriff announces disturbing details, arrests in brutal beating of grocery store owner, wife

Two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal attack on a Greenville County grocery store owner and his wife, who was also shot, according to interim Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown.

CDC links Salmonella outbreak in 35 states to raw turkey products

The Centers for Disease Control says a Salmonella outbreak has now made 164 people sick across 35 states.

Man shot, killed by unknown suspect in Clarendon Co.

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Nov. 6 shooting death of a man at a Paxville Highway residence.

SC utility bills among the highest in the US, new study says

A new study on the cost of utility bills in the U.S. was released Thursday, and it shows South Carolina is in the top 10 for highest payout each month.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Accident with injuries delays traffic on I-26 WB near Tram Road

Fire and EMS crews are on the scene of an accident with injuries on I-26 WB at mile marker 105.5 near Tram Road, according to the SC Highway Patrol real-time traffic information website.

FBI releases video of SUV sought in connection to disappearance of NC girl

The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI have released a photo of the SUV wanted in connection to the kidnapping of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar.

Man wanted in connection to wallet theft in Sumter

The Sumer County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who is wanted for questioning in connection to a wallet theft.

Deputies looking for person involved in armed robbery at Bojangles in Lugoff

Kershaw County Deputies need help finding a person who was caught on camera robbing a fast food restaurant.

Harpootlian spearheads historic night for Democrats in state Senate District 20

For the first time in 30 years, a South Carolina Democrat will hold a state senate seat previously held by Republicans for more than three decades.

Voters decide they want Sunday alcohol sales in Calhoun County

Voters in Calhoun County on Tuesday made the decision to allow alcohol sales. They voted yes to two questions.

Katie Arrington calls out Mark Sanford in speech about Joe Cunningham election win

Before polls closed across South Carolina, Republican Congressional candidate Katie Arrington was labeling her campaign’s watch party a “victory party.”

FIRST ALERT: Up to 1” of rain possible for parts of the Midlands tonight into Thursday morning

Heads up! We have declared Wednesday night as a First Alert night.

Sen. Lindsey Graham makes statement on Sessions resignation despite rumors he may be picked

Despite talk that he may be the next U.S. Attorney General, Senator Lindsey Graham released a statement through his office, saying the outgoing AG, Jeff Sessions, "served our nation honorably."

Naked man breaks into GA home, jumps into bed with residents

Residents of a home in Martinez say a naked man broke into their home and jumped on the bed while they were lying in it watching TV.

TALK OF THE TOWN: It’s the day after the elections - now what?

Winners, losers, some surprises and record absentee voting. Mike Campbell is the son of former Governor Carroll Campbell and has analysis of Election Day results.

Deadline extended for SC residents impacted by Florence to apply for disaster assistance

South Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Florence now have additional time to register for disaster assistance.

SC truck driver grabs food, $250K-winning scratch-off ticket

What he didn’t know is that while his sandwich was left uneaten, he scratched off a winning ticket worth $250,000. Robert Miller purchased the winner at the Enmarket #892 on Hwy. 15 in Harleyville.

Veterans Day 5K to raise money for new house at VA Hospital

2018 is the Year of the Veteran. And this Saturday, there will be a run to support the Fisher House of Columbia.

USC announces presidential search committee members to find replacement for Pastides

The University of South Carolina announced the members of a search committee that will recommend candidates to replace President Harris Pastides.

  RCSD: Two people wanted in motor vehicle theft at Obama Store, victim charged for chasing them in stolen vehicle

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the community’s assistance in identifying two people wanted for a motor vehicle theft that aired on the show Live PD.

Industrial Dr. in Lexington reopens after overturned trailer causes delays

Industrial Drive at South Lake Drive in Lexington County is back open after an overturned trailer caused delays.

Midlands counties show higher voter turnout than previous elections

Some counties in the Midlands show a notably higher voter turnout compared to previous elections.

Should the Governor be able to appoint the state superintendent?

Voters were asked if they believed the governor should be able to decide who should be appointed to the Superintendent of Education for the state.

McMaster, Norman big winners in South Carolina 2018 midterm election

According to the Associated Press, Republican Henry McMaster won the race for governor in South Carolina and Republican Ralph Norman won the race for U.S. House in South Carolina’s 5th congressional district.

Wilson wins U.S. House District 2 race

The results for District 2 of the U.S. House of Representatives are in.

Clyburn re-elected to US House 6 seat Tuesday

Rep. Jim Clyburn has retained his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating two opponents Tuesday.

Gipson defeats Meadors for 5th Circuit Solicitor

Byron Gipson has defeated John Meadows in the race for 5th Circuit Solicitor Tuesday evening.

Henry McMaster winner in SC governor’s race over James Smith

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And the winner in the Kershaw Co. Sheriff race is Lee Boan

Lee Boan has defeated Anthony Bell in the race for Kershaw County Sheriff Tuesday evening.

Harpootlian in early lead over Dunn in race for SC State House Seat 20

Attorney Dick Harpootlian is currently in the lead for the race for State House 20 seat over Republican Benjamin Dunn.

UPDATE: 7th suspect wanted in deadly Orangeburg shooting, sheriff says

The suspects, from the Midlands and the Lowcountry, have been arrested in connection to the Oct. 27 home invasion that killed a man in his Geneva Road home.

LOOK: Here’s where you can see election results, special election coverage

Polls will close in South Carolina at 7 p.m. - and you will be able to see the results as they begin to get counted.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Car into power pole could delay traffic on Forest Drive

A car crash into a power pole on Forest Drive may delay traffic if you’re headed toward I-77 Tuesday afternoon.

Search for kidnapping 13-year-old NC girl enters second week

The FBI is issuing a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the location of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, who was reportedly abducted Monday in Lumberton.

Man not allowed to wear Trump shirt votes shirtless

Be careful what you’re wearing to vote Tuesday.

Election officials respond to machine malfunctions following voter complaints of ‘changed votes’

Richland County election officials are working to fix problems that have been reported at the polls.

On Election Day, a bald eagle was seen soaring in Murrells Inlet

As many across the country head to the polls Tuesday, a symbol of American democracy was seen soaring in the Murrells Inlet area.

Charlotte-based Bojangles’ to be sold in 2019

The transaction is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019.

2018 SC Voters election guide: Ballot questions, polling places, and more on the Nov. 6 general elections

There will be general elections held in South Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 6. If you’re like most people, you’re asking yourself this: who’s running? Where do I vote? What will be on the ballots? Here’s a running list of everything you need to know before heading to the polls.