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Historic Heat Expected Over the Holiday Weekend

By Jeff Huffman

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The Palmetto State will be sizzling this Memorial Day Weekend, and the heat could be historic. Record highs dating back to the 1950's and 60's are in jeopardy of being broken or tied in several cities by Monday.

Triple-digit temperatures are forecast across the Midlands starting Saturday, with a high up to 101° possible in Columbia by Memorial Day. Even temperatures across the Upstate are expected to shatter records. Forecast highs in Spartanburg are 3 to 5 degrees above the daily records Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Six Flags Over Marlboro County

By Scott Morgan

Six flags over Marlboro County

The Marlboro County Courthouse is a pretty unique place. The building itself is essentially a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, right down to the clock tower.

The courthouse grounds are also host to a stalwart set of palm trees – and to the flags of six nations, former and current, that have had a major influence on South Carolina. Listen to a conversation with Jeff Dudley, past president of the Marlboro County Historical Society (and member of several other area historical organizations) and learn how and why Marlboro County’s six flags came to be.

SC Lede: Trail Bites - Sen. Bernie Sanders

By Sean Birch

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Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 23, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to an Orangeburg, SC, campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Housing the Homeless in Greenville

By Aimee Crouch

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There are currently hundreds of homeless people roaming the streets of Greenville, a city nationally recognized for its amazing growth and beauty. To help with the issue, a group of senior citizens started an initiative called SEARCHlight to help find caring solutions for its homeless population. They partnered with United Housing Connections and several others to build Church Street Place. United Housing Connections has seen success through a similar project and they've learned it's not just a roof over someone's head, but services and security they can't find on the street.

SC Lede: The Kingmaker's Sticky Wicket

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Friday, May 17, 2019.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press's Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest news about the South Carolina Statehouse corruption probe and Richard Quinn, who at one time was considered one of the state's top political consultants.

Quinn has been charged with 11 counts of lying to the state grand jury, despite pledging cooperation as part of a plea deal involving his son, former Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington), who last year was found guilty of misconduct in office.

Hurricane Expo in Bluffton June 1

By Holly Bounds Jackson

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew at Hunting Island State Park.

The South Carolina Department of Insurance will host a Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 1 at the Bluffton Home Depot (20 Gateway Village ) from 10am-1pm.  There will be free kids activities, food, and giveaways. You can get a start on your home preparedness kit, get questions answered on insurance and speak to preparedness vendors about how to ready your family for the season.

SC Lede: Trail Bites - Joe Biden

By Sean Birch

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Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 16, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to a Columbia, SC, campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Citizens' Academy Teaches Public How State, Local Governments Respond to Emergencies

By Tut Underwood

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The past few years of historic floods and hurricanes has amply demonstrated how subject South Carolina can be to severe weather emergencies.  To help the public better understand how the state reacts to and deals with these situations, the S.C. Emergency Management Division has created a new program, the Citizens' Academy.

SC Lede: In-Session Suspension

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Avery Wilks (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Avery Wilks and The Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox to recap which bills were passed during the 2019 state legislative session, and, more importantly, which ones remain in a suspended state until the second year of the session begins in January. They look at bills dealing with dark money, civil asset forfeiture, education reform, and more.

Then South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney drops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment.

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