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SC, Kansas GOP scrap 2020 presidential preference votes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican leaders in South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, while party officials Nevada were deciding whether to follow suit as the GOP erects more hurdles for the long...

 

Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to...

 

O'Rourke: White Americans don't know full story of slavery

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a...

 

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying...

 

APNewsBreak: SC inmates to get tablets for movies, calling

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials are hoping to combat the dangers of illegal cellphones behind bars by giving inmates a different technological device to communicate with family, obtain education and even purchase access to approved...

 

Too old to run? Biden wrestles with age as he eyes 2020 run

As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The...

 

Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast. The lawsuit filed in federal...

 

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground...

 

2 patients drown as van swept into floodwaters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina rivers overflowed from Florence's torrential rain, deputies taking two women to a mental health facility drove into floodwaters that swamped their van and trapped the women inside, officials said Wednesday....

 

Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking gets 5 years

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former government contractor who pleaded guilty to mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors, who called it the longest...

 

White man pleads to enslaving mentally disabled black worker

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina restaurant manager has pleaded guilty to abusing and enslaving a mentally challenged black employee, according to federal prosecutors. Bobby Paul Edwards of Conway pleaded guilty Monday to one count of...

 

South Carolina plans to use drones to remotely watch inmates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After spending years fighting to keep drones from flying over prisons, South Carolina corrections officials unveiled plans on Thursday to use the small unmanned aircraft to keep a remote eye on inmates, an effort they said is...

 

Haley's pushback draws fans, rattles White House

NEW YORK (AP) — The public split between the White House and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley this week over Russia sanctions threw a spotlight on her at-times uneasy relationship with President Donald Trump, even as her deft rebuttal bolstered talk...

 

South Carolina's prisons among the deadliest in the US

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty South Carolina prisoners have been killed at the hands of fellow inmates in the past 16 months. The staggering amount of violence, which includes the gang-fueled bloodshed that left seven prisoners dead and 17 injured...

 

Lawyer: Walkout coverage bans stifle 'real-life civics'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina school district officials have missed a major opportunity to teach "a real-life civics lesson" by banning reporters from covering students' classroom walkouts to protest violence in schools, a press...

 

Prison chiefs head to Washington to talk cellphones with FCC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Corrections officials from around the country are heading to Washington on Wednesday to discuss what they call their biggest security threat: cellphones in the hands of inmates. The Federal Communications Commission is...

 

Unable to jam signals, prison pays cops to fight cellphones

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Barred from using the jamming technology he feels would solve the security threat of inmate cellphone use, South Carolina's prisons director said Wednesday that he has been enlisting help from law enforcement agencies across...

 

Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal prisons officials on Wednesday tested a jamming technology inside the walls of a federal prison, a rare move that authorities said they hope will help combat the danger posed by inmates with cellphones. The test was...

 

White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015...

 

FCC chair to work with Congress on prison cellphone issues

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he's willing to work with corrections officials, telecom companies and the FBI to combat cellphones in the nation's prisons. In a letter obtained Thursday by The...

 

Congress calls on FCC to silence cellphones in prisons

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 50 members of Congress are giving federal regulators a deadline for resolving how to prevent prisoners from using contraband cellphones behind bars. In a letter dated October 4 and obtained Thursday by The...

 

State sues US for $100M over failure to remove plutonium

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina said it had filed its largest lawsuit ever against the federal government, seeking to force the U.S. Department of Energy to make good on a deal to remove plutonium from the state. The lawsuit filed Monday...

 
 By Meg Kinnard    Regional    July 9, 2017

Escaped inmate may have used wire cutters delivered by drone

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina inmate broke out of a maximum-security prison using wire cutters apparently flown in by drone, officials said Friday, describing a new and devilishly hard-to-stop means of escape. Convicted kidnapper Jimmy...

 

FCC approves measures intended to combat prison cellphones

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal officials took a step Thursday toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates. The Federal Communications Commission in Washington voted 3-0 to...

 
 By Meg Kinnard    Regional    March 23, 2017

Ex-guard targeted in hit via inmate's cellphone to testify

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An ex-South Carolina prison guard who was nearly killed in a hit orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cellphone is traveling to Washington this week, asking federal authorities for help to make sure nothing like it...

 

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