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622 COVID-19 cases associated with SC schools

622 COVID-19 cases associated with SC schools

Breaking NewsThe 622 cases includes both students and employees. Of those 622, 429 were students and 199 were staff.5:37 PM EDT September 22, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — There are now 622 cases associated with schools around the state, according to new numbers from theThe 622 cases includes both students and employees. Of those 622, 429 were students and 199 were staff.These numbers are an increase from Friday's total of 532, with 352 students and 180 employees testing positive. RELATED:RELATED:It's important to note that if a district or school has cases that does not mean that the student or...

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SC absentee ballots don't need a witness signature, federal judge rules

SC absentee ballots don't need a witness signature, federal judge rules

Breaking NewsU.S. District Judge Michelle Childs ordered the state Election Commission to immediately inform voters about the removal of the requirement.4:54 PM EDT September 21, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in be signed by witnesses.U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs ordered the to immediately inform voters about the removal of the requirement. Voters in the state usually have to provide a specific reason for voting absentee, such as being 65 or older or having a physical disability. Also last week, the allowing all voters to...

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Prisma Health to offer free flu shots in October

Prisma Health to offer free flu shots in October

Breaking NewsFrom October 3 - 31, families in Richland, Lexington, Sumter and Kershaw counties can receive free flu shots at locations around the counties.Credit: WLTX12:52 PM EDT September 18, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — Prisma Health will begin offering free flu shots to families in the Midlands during the month of October. From October 3 - 31, families in Richland, Lexington, Sumter and Kershaw counties can receive free flu shots at locations around the counties.According to Prisma Health, Richland One’s Lower Richland High School will be a host site on October 3, St. Andrews Middle School on...

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Persons of interest cleared in Babcock Building fire investigation

Persons of interest cleared in Babcock Building fire investigation

Breaking NewsThe city says it's still unclear if this was an accident or an intentional act.4:29 PM EDT September 15, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia police say eight people who'd been identified as persons of interest in in downtown Columbia have been ruled out of any connection to the incident. Police said Tuesday they determined the eight people had no knowledge of the incident. Officers made that conclusion after reviewing surveillance video and pictures, and they said the people had been cooperative and willingly came in to answer questions from investigators. Six of the people's photos...

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Persons of interest in Bull Street fire identified

Persons of interest in Bull Street fire identified

Breaking News16 hours after the fire at the Bull Street complex off Harden Street began, Columbia Police released a set of surveillance pictures of six people and a red truck.6:04 PM EDT September 13, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia Police Department says they have identified the persons of interest in relations to the fire at the Babcock Building. Police saying those people are being interviewed now. The persons of interest in relation to yesterday's fire at the Babcock Building have been identified & are being interviewed by investigators to gather information about the incident....

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Two charged with murder of SC mail carrier

Two charged with murder of SC mail carrier

Breaking NewsIrene Pressley was found last September shot to death in her postal truck. She worked for the postal service for over 20 years.2:18 PM EDT September 2, 2020WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, S.C. — Editorial note: the above video is an earlier update in the case from 2019.Two people have been charged with in a six-count federal indictment for their with killing South Carolina postal employee Irene Pressley along her mail route last year.United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced Wednesday that Trevor Raekwon Seward, 22, and Jerome Terrell Davis, 28, both of Andrews, have been...

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USC committed to in-person classes despite spike in COVID-19 cases

USC committed to in-person classes despite spike in COVID-19 cases

Breaking NewsThe University of South Carolina now says it has 557 active cases of the coronavirus on campus.4:50 PM EDT August 28, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — The now says it has 557 active cases of the coronavirus on campus, according to the afternoon.That includes 553 students and 4 employees. That was 210 new cases just based on Thursday's testing. Overall, since August 1, there have been 620 total student cases and 14 employees. According to the university, that moves the school's alert status from "new normal" to "low." Earlier this week, there were 189 active cases, with 188 of those being...

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1,172 USC students have tested positive for COVID-19

1,172 USC students have tested positive for COVID-19

Breaking NewsThe university has tested over 11,000 students in the past month.9:53 PM EDT September 1, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — University of South Carolina that 1,172 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since August 1.The school has been able to test their students, faculty and staff for free using the .  Dean Stephen Cutler of says more students are getting tested for COVID-19 than they originally expected. He says it’s because the saliva test is easy to do and gives results in 24 hours."We ramped up from the first day of testing - from about 300 - to our peak, which has been about...

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Gov. McMaster orders flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Chadwick Boseman

Gov. McMaster orders flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Chadwick Boseman

Breaking NewsThe "Black Panther" actor and SC native passed away after battling colon cancer.12:41 PM EDT August 29, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the Statehouse flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of SC native Chadwick Boseman. The flags will fly at half-staff on Sunday, August 30 from sunrise to sunset. The "Black Panther" actor passed away after battling cancer. According to a statement release by his family, the 43-year-old was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. On Saturday, Gov. McMaster tweeted "To honor the life, contributions and memory...

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'Trombro': USC student praised for drowning out anti-BLM protester with trombone

'Trombro': USC student praised for drowning out anti-BLM protester with trombone

Breaking NewsTrey Hogan, a freshman at the University of South Carolina, is receiving praise for playing his trombone to silence an anti-Black Lives Matter protester.5:55 PM EDT August 26, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — A student is receiving national attention for playing his instrument in response to an anti-Black Lives Matter protester on the University of South Carolina’s campus.Last week, an anti-Black Lives Matter protester appeared at the University of South Carolina, yelling racial and homophobic slurs towards students.Trey Hogan, a freshman and a member of the school band, decided to use his...

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Sumter schools to start virtually August 17, phase in some in-person classes

Sumter schools to start virtually August 17, phase in some in-person classes

District officials also said they are postponing the start of athletic practices and workouts.10:27 PM EDT July 6, 2020SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. — In a reentry plan update posted to Facebook Monday night, Sumter School District officials said classes will begin on August 17 in a completely virtual capacity and will phase into a "hybrid model. The announcement follows a meeting of the district's Board of Trustees Monday evening. RELATED:District officials also said they are postponing the start of athletic practices and workouts. No potential start date for athletics has been determined at this...

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Blowfish abruptly tell fans to go home after getting opinion from governor's office

Blowfish abruptly tell fans to go home after getting opinion from governor's office

The Lexington Blowfish were set to play baseball in front of fans. Moments before first pitch, that plan had to be scrapped.Credit: WLTX8:22 PM EDT July 1, 2020LEXINGTON, S.C. — Fans who were hoping to see the Lexington Blowfish play in person were thrown an unexpected curve ball just moments before the game.The amateur team was set to play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at their stadium, the first game of the season. However, about 90 minutes before hand, there became some confusion if they could play the game.A reporter asked South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster about the game. McMaster seemed to...

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No college or high school football if virus cases don't go down, governor warns

No college or high school football if virus cases don't go down, governor warns

South Carolina has seen a dramatic spike in cases over the last several weeks.1:27 PM EDT July 1, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said now is the time for the public to make up their mind if they're going to take action to stop the virus spread as the state's health agency said numbers could soon spike to previously unseen levels.McMaster spoke alongside health officials on the same day the state set the one day record for deaths in a day with 24. Over the last 10 days, the state has seen multiple days with over 1,000 cases, including 1,497 on Wednesday. The state...

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SC governor says statewide mask rule 'ineffective,' 'unenforceable'

SC governor says statewide mask rule 'ineffective,' 'unenforceable'

South Carolina has seen a record number of cases over the last three weeks.1:14 PM EDT June 26, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is pleading with state residents to wear masks but says he won't issue a statewide order to mandate wearing them, calling them "impractical."McMaster gave an update on the state's response to the coronavirus as the cases in the state continue to spike at record levels."This is a dangerous, deadly disease," McMaster said. "You've got to follow the rules, wear your masks, keep that social distance. Wash your hands. If you're sick stay...

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SC attorney general says face mask rules are legal, constitutional

SC attorney general says face mask rules are legal, constitutional

He said while he understands some may be frustrated the measures don't violate law.5:11 PM EDT June 24, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said he believes face mask ordinances that are being passed by local governments are legal and constitutional.He issued his statement Wednesday a day after Columbia passed an ordinance requiring face masks in public in most situations. Greenville also passed a similar measure. But Wilson said his office is neither endorsing or attacking these new rules."If I thought these ordinances were unlawful, I promise you I would be...

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Greenville becomes first South Carolina city to require masks

Greenville becomes first South Carolina city to require masks

Greenville has had some of the highest COVID-19 rates in the state in recent weeks.10:57 PM EDT June 22, 2020GREENVILLE, S.C. — A South Carolina city has become the first in the state to require people to wear masks in grocery stores and pharmacies to help fight COVID-19. Greenville City Council voted unanimously for the mask requirements Monday. All employees in restaurants, retail stores, salons, grocery stores and pharmacies will have to wear masks. Customers in grocery stores and pharmacies will need coverings over their noses and faces. Now accepting business grant applications: The...

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Columbia passes rule requiring face masks in public

Columbia passes rule requiring face masks in public

The measure would apply to most times a person is in a public setting.1:48 PM EDT June 23, 2020COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of Columbia has passed an emergency ordinance requiring face masks in most public situations. The City Council approved the measure on a 6-1 vote early Tuesday evening. The new rule goes into effect Friday at 6 a.m and not apply to areas outside of city limits. Under the ordinance, every person over the age of ten would be required to wear a face covering within the boundaries of the City of Columbia in the following situations: Face coverings would not be required in the...

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Man arrested at South Carolina protest was carrying pistol, 70 rounds of ammo

Man arrested at South Carolina protest was carrying pistol, 70 rounds of ammo

Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings.No ThanksAllow×WATCH LIVEMenuWLTX Alert Center© 2020 WLTX-TV. All Rights Reserved.More than 50 people were arrested during the protests this weekend, according to authorities.COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia police and Richland County deputies arrested a 19-year-old man, who was carrying a pistol and an estimated 70 rounds of ammo during Sunday's protest in downtown Columbia.Dominic Gladden, of the St. Matthews area, was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying a pistol and illegal acts during a state of emergency.Authorities say...

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434 new virus cases, 11 deaths in South Carolina

434 new virus cases, 11 deaths in South Carolina

Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings.No ThanksAllow×WATCH LIVEMenuWLTX Alert Center© 2020 WLTX-TV. All Rights Reserved.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 15,228 and those who have died to 568.COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Tuesday announced 434 new cases of the coronavirus and 11 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 15,228 and those who have died to 568.Five of the deaths occurred in...

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Richland One offering a week's worth of free meals for students every Monday

Richland One offering a week's worth of free meals for students every Monday

Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings.No ThanksAllow×WATCH LIVEMenuWLTX Alert Center© 2020 WLTX-TV. All Rights Reserved.The free summer meal program allows families to pick up a week's worth of food every Monday.COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland One School District started their free summer meals program on Monday.Eau Claire High School is one of eight pick-up locations for families. Cars lined up around the block to pick up a week’s worth of food for their kids.Brianna, a mom utilizing the service told us, “I’m a single parent of two. I don’t really have that much help....

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