ATF offers reward for information in connection with Columbia church fire

  DHEC announces 5 more deaths, 261 new cases related to COVID-19 in S.C.; cases reported in all 46 counties

  As nearly 100,000 South Carolinians file for unemployment, system still having issues

  Stimulus money from coronavirus relief bill will help cover some financial losses for SC colleges, universities

  Health leaders warn smoking, vaping could put you at serious risk with COVID-19

Chief justice warns S.C. residents to not ‘take advantage’ of moratorium on evictions

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Prisma Health adds in-house COVID-19 testing for patients

  UofSC extends remote learning for students through August 1

  S.C. woman denied unemployment claim since she hasn’t worked a year

Publix to provide customers with contactless pay options

  Relief fund launched to help S.C. hospitality workers affected by coronavirus outbreak

Deputies make quick arrest after overnight shooting in Elgin

Clemson announces new grading policy for spring semester due to COVID-19

Clemson University has announced a new grading policy for the spring semester amid the COVID-19 crisis.

  Amazon worker in W. Columbia diagnosed with COVID-19

While the company alerted employees of the confirmed case of the coronavirus, some reached out to WIS concerned about the center not closing.

  Prisma Health seeks to reassure workers of their safety during coronavirus outbreak

The company issued a statement after nurses reached out to WIS concerned about a new policy involving personal protective equipment (PPE).

  State representatives call for Gov. McMaster to issue ‘stay-at-home’ order

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on the governor to take the next step.

S.C. lawmakers returning to Columbia for 1 day to pause session, extend budget

Candidate for state senate arrested, accused of sexually abusing relative

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

Staley named Naismith Coach of the Year

  VIDEO: Paramedic nearly struck by alleged impaired driver while walking out of house

Samsung facility in Newberry County closed after 2 employees test positive for coronavirus

More than 1,900 people have coronavirus in North Carolina, 16 deaths reported

North Carolina reported on Thursday afternoon a total of 1,837 cases of coronavirus in 83 counties.

  DHEC confirms 210 new cases of coronavirus in S.C., 4 additional deaths

As of Wednesday, the total number statewide is 1,293 cases in 43 of the state’s 46 counties.

  WIS Today: Financial expert Karen Jenkins shares strategies to deal with debt

Financial expert Karen R. Jenkins visits WIS TODAY to share smart strategies to deal with debt plus, where and how to get help!

S.C. unemployment insurance claims up more than 100% in one week

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has released new data regarding the number of unemployment insurance claims in the state.

  Prisma Health nurse says health care workers are at risk under current N95 guidelines

Nurses say they were told not to use N95 masks when interacting with some patients who have, or are suspected of having, COVID-19.

Sumter Police: Man wanted for robbing woman at gunpoint

Sumter Police Department is searching for a man wanted for robbing a woman at gunpoint earlier this week.

NC sheriff’s deputy dies after fight against COVID-19, authorities say

Deputy "Bud" was a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and had previously served as a police officer with the Town of Candor, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins.

  Non-essential businesses brace for two week shutdown

Across South Carolina, businesses considered non-essential are closing their doors, per Governor Henry McMaster's new executive order.

Carolina Country Music Fest moved to September due to COVID-19

The Carolina Country Music Festival has been postponed due to the threat of the novel coronavirus.

  2-year-old at center of AMBER Alert found safe in Florida; suspect in custody

The two-year-old child at the center of an Amber Alert has been found safe, but authorities are currently in an armed standoff with the suspect in Florida.

  S.C. hospitality industry braces for difficult months ahead as many have already cut staff

Though deemed essential business, many hotels across the state have either had to close their doors, or are seeing scarce occupancy levels.

  Teachers, students react to grading guideline changes in South Carolina due to coronavirus pandemic

James Agens said before the coronavirus pandemic there were a lot of things he took for granted.

‘Messages of Hope’ spread for Wish kids; 38 S.C. wishes delayed

Make-A-Wish South Carolina is spreading “Messages of Hope” for kids who can’t go on their dream wish trips right now.

  S.C. seamstresses sew gowns for nurses and doctors to help fill shortage

Some seamstresses in the Midlands are coming together to make sure healthcare workers have the materials they need to stay safe. They’re spending hours each day cutting and sewing gowns for nurses and doctors.

  Special Olympics advocates take to social media to #UnlockInclusion

This week was supposed to be the marker for the 11th annual End the R-Word rally for Special Olympics.

RCSD: Two men wanted for stealing beer, cigarette lighters from Dollar General

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is asking for public assistance to identify two men wanted for shoplifting.

  Airlines reduce flights from Columbia airport, stop travel to coronavirus hotspots

While the airport is open for essential travel, officials recommend travelers check with their airline before going to the airport.

RCSD arrest 35-year-old man wanted for groping teenager in Walmart

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 35-year-old man wanted for groping a teenager in the cosmetic section of a Walmart store in January.

Richland Two offers Wi-Fi zones for students to complete e-learning assignments

Schools across the state may be closed, but Richland Two has provided students with a way to complete e-learning assignments.

Curfew for City of Manning goes into effect Thursday

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Manning Mayor Julia Nelson has issued an emergency curfew.

  S.C. governor closes all non-essential businesses to help fight spread of coronavirus as cases rise

The order goes into effect Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

  UofSC to issue student refunds after campus closure caused by coronavirus

These amenities are refundable -- but tuition is not.

  Residents can now apply for benefits with SC Thrive without leaving home

SC Thrive has announced a new way for residents to receive benefits without having to leave their homes.

Boston becomes unanimous Freshman of the Year with WBCA award

South Carolina freshman Aliyah Boston added another Freshman of the Year honor to her collection.

SCDPPPS suspending all offender hearings due to COVID-19

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services has now suspended all offender hearings.

  DHEC: 1,083 cases of coronavirus in S.C., 4 new deaths brings total to 22

One person who died was middle-aged and had no underlying conditions, DHEC said.

  INTERACTIVE MAP: Track all reported coronavirus cases in the world

The map shows where every reported coronavirus case in the world is located and how many people have died from the virus.

Billions of dollars at stake for S.C. in 2020 census

More than 200 South Carolina municipalities are predicted to lose funding based on population decreases, according to the state's Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

Three Rivers Behavioral Health implements changes to services, programs due to COVID-19

Officials at Three Rivers Behavioral Health have announced new changes to services and programs due to COVID-19.

  WIS Today: Columbia Chamber CEO Carl Blackstone interview on small businesses

Columbia Chamber CEO Carl Blackstone breaks down paid sick leave, family and medical leave and financial resources for small business on WIS Today.

  Coldwell Banker: Historic lows in listings make this is a good time to sell your home

Spring is normally one of the busiest times of the year for the housing market, but with uncertainty in the stock market and increasing restrictions in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, some are getting nervous about what this could mean for the housing industry.

Pastor of La. church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order

The pastor of a church in Central, La. will be charged with six misdemeanor counts of disobeying the powers of the governor.

AARP SC hosts free tele-town hall focusing on financial security during COVID-19 pandemic

AARP SC is hosting a free tele-town hall for their members and the public that will focus on financial security during the coronavirus pandemic.

27 S.C. inmates accused of non-violent crimes released amid coronavirus outbreak

The inmates were in Richland and Kershaw counties and were unable to post the surety bonds they were given during arraignment.

Claflin University creates COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund

Claflin University has created a COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund.

Allen University purchases 700 tablets, keyboards for students

Allen University will be providing 700 tablets and keyboards to students as the institution transitions to online instruction for the remainder of the semester.

  Money from coronavirus relief bill on its way to help S.C. schools during pandemic

The relief bill includes a $30 billion Education Stabilization Fund -- a good bit of that money will go towards K-12 education.

Public Safety Alert crashes South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website

A Public Safety Alert sent to phones across South Carolina on Tuesday night, caused the state’s emergency management website to crash.

  S.C. elementary school principal creates daily Facebook videos to stay connected with students

Wateree Elementary School Principal, Dr. Charles King, is using Facebook videos to teach kids basic life lessons.

  Prisma Health joins growing list of U.S. hospitals to furlough employees

This decision has raised many questions about why Prisma is reducing its staff in the face of the growing number of COVID-19 patients.

  Richland Co. Council discusses stay-at-home ordinance

The meeting is Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. and the council wants input from the public.

Shaw Air Force Base cancels Air and Space Expo

Shaw Air Force Base has announced the cancellation of the Shaw Air and Space Expo.

Sumter County Coroner identifies man killed in single-vehicle accident

The Sumter County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in a single-vehicle accident on the 1200 block of Plowden Mill Road.

SCDMV resumes some services, conducting online appointments only

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is temporarily restricting access to their branch offices to only those who are processing a transaction.

Gov. Cooper signs order prohibiting utilities companies from shutting off services

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Tuesday to prohibit utilities companies from shutting off services to people who are unable to pay.

Sumter cancels 80th Iris Festival

The Iris Festival Commission has made the decision to cancel the 80th anniversary of the Iris Festival.

  S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson discusses Stay-at-Home ordinances on ‘WIS Today’

Do local Stay-At-Home ordinances stand?

S.C. Dept. of Education releases guidelines on grading, virtual learning and graduation

Public K-12 schools are closed through April, and could be closed longer as the state fights the spread of the coronavirus.

Lugoff-Elgin student drowns in Lake Wateree, coroner says

A Lugoff-Elgin High School student has died after drowning in Lake Wateree, according to the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office.

  PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins discusses stimulus bill on ‘WIS Today’

Now that the stimulus bill has passed, who gets a check? How much? And when?

  S.C. Teacher of the Year stops by ‘WIS Today’ on ‘Thank a Teacher Tuesday’

The current South Carolina Teacher of the Year has a message of encouragement for teachers, parents & students.

State representatives request judicial order to protect citizens in hotels, temporary housing from evictions

Two South Carolina representatives have written a letter asking the top judge in the state to help protect residents currently living in hotels and temporary housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Lion donating $3.1 million to help those in need during pandemic

Food Lion will be donating $3.1 million to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fort Jackson confirms 25 positive cases of COVID-19; changes services to retirees

Fort Jackson has confirmed 25 positive cases of the coronavirus on post.

S.C. Attorney General’s Office warns of COVID-19 investment scams

The Securities Division of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is warning investors to be wary of an increase in fraudulent investment schemes.

  Gov. McMaster issues executive order to close public access to S.C. beaches

The order also closes all boat ramps, landings, and other access points to the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways.

  Red Cross responds to concerns surrounding blood donations during coronavirus pandemic

The American Red Cross South Carolina says after notifying the public of a severe blood shortage, the situation has greatly improved. This is all thanks to the generosity of the many South Carolinians who stepped up to answer calls for donors over the last couple of weeks.