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SC Public Radio to offer Spoleto Festival USA programming as part of ‘Spoleto at Home’ initiative

Spoleto Festival USACOLUMBIA, S.C. – SC Public Radio (SCPR) today announced plans to offer Spoleto Festival programming as part of a new “Spoleto at Home” initiative. The network will utilize its “Sonatas & Soundscapes” program, as well as its “Spoleto Backstage” podcast to bring past festival performances and behind-the-scenes insights to listeners across the state and beyond. On March 24, Spoleto Festival USA made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival – a first in the event’s 44-year history. Throughout that storied history, the twice-daily chamber music concerts at Dock Street Theatre have...

Heavy Rain, Possible Flooding This Week in Upstate and Midlands Regions

By Dr. Athena Masson

3f9f723e-a363-4a8c-affe-c4754291cbd0Update Tuesday May 19, 2020: Round after round of showers and thunderstorms will increase the flooding threat across the Upstate and northern Midlands through Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms have already produced 2 to 4 inches of rain since Monday morning for parts of the Upstate. Rain accumulations are setting the stage for flooding to develop through at least midweek. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday morning for upstate South Carolina where several waves of showers and thunderstorms will result in additional rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches by Thursday morning...

Coronavirus patient takes comfort from remote monitoring

By JT Hydrick

Coronavirus Patient Takes Comfort From In-Home MonitoringAs COVID-19 positive patients seek treatment , many are turning to remote monitoring via Telehealth as a way to manage their symptoms and maintain contact with their healthcare providers. Some patients have reported difficulty getting tested and receiving treatment, due to changes in onsite office procedures. COVID-19 patient Mashanda Ardister of North Charleston found successful treatment through MUSC’s Remote Patient Monitoring program , “Knowing that I had access to a nurse, to a doctor, and someone who was actually monitoring my symptoms on a daily basis gave me a sense of peace.” Doctors...

Season’s First Tropical Storm Forms East of Florida

By Megan Borowski

2002ee4f-7c9a-40da-a5ed-50047637a351Saturday 11 pm EDT Update: Hurricane hunters have found the tropical depression east of #Florida has strengthened into Tropical Storm #Arthur. Forecast track shifted slightly east, farther off the coast of the Carolinas. Original story Saturday afternoon: The first tropical depression of the year has formed just east of Florida, sixteen days prior to the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Tropical Depression One is no threat to Florida, but it could track close enough to produce tropical storm conditions along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tropical Depression One was...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — The Senate Vibe Checks McMaster

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster talks with ZVerse owner John Carrington in his West Columbia warehouse On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 16, 2020, we look at how a majority of State Senate Republicans want to check Gov. Henry McMaster's emergency powers, and what he thinks about it. Plus, the governor tours a plant that produces practical face shields for non-medical applications, Dr. Linda Bell explains why are testing numbers don’t provide the entire picture, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to...

Cooper River Bridge Run Cancelled Because of Coronavirus

By Victoria Hansen

Cooper River Bridge Run participants lining up in Mount Pleasant April 2014It's one of the state's largest sporting events people can take part in and it's never been postponed or cancelled before, until now. The 43rd annual Cooper River Bridge run initially moved from April to August because of the coronavirus pandemic is officially off. The 10 K connects the town of Mount Pleasant with the city of Charleston and the mayors of both communities issued a statement Friday. "These are truly unprecedented times and, as the situation is constantly evolving, we believe that this decision is in the best interest of all our citizens and visitors." Race organizers issued a...

SC Inmates handcraft items for nursing home residents during COVID-19

By Holly Bounds Jackson

Handcrafted cardInmates across South Carolina are using their talents to lift the spirits of nursing home residents whose visits and activities have come to a halt because of COVID-19. Hard time is even harder these days at the state’s correctional institutions. For weeks, families haven’t been allowed to visit their loved ones behind bars. Volunteers can’t go inside to facilitate programs. Hundreds of inmates have been locked in their rooms all day, every day, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But a newly created project is helping to occupy their minds. Inmates handcrafted more than 2,000 items ranging...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — He Likes Us! Fauci Likes Us!

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMasterOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 14, 2020, we take a deep look into the guidelines for reopening South Carolina businesses, recap the legislative action this week to keep the state funded, and hear what National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks of the steps the Palmetto State has taken. Plus, your voicemails and more! The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get...

SC Public Radio reporter recognized with prestigious award

Scott MorganCOLUMBIA, S.C. – SC Public Radio (SCPR) Reporter Scott Morgan has received the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his story on Doug O’Neal, a South Carolina man who wrongfully served 24 years in prison for murder. Titled “ A Quarter Century for Murder and an Ex-Prosecutor’s Change of Heart ,” the story features interviews with both Doug and Catherine O’Neal, as well as former prosecutor Jim Morton and advocates of O’Neal’s, Claude Humphries and Mary Stewart. Scott Morgan joined the SCPR team in March 2019 after a stint at KETR-FM in Commerce...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Don't Mask Shame Me, Bro!

By Sean Birch

d10a761b-c874-47a6-9177-a61ec8636627On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 12, 2020, we look at Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to reopen more businesses in the state, hear about the lawsuit the ACLU has filed against the South Carolina Deptartment of Corrections, discuss why it could take longer than expected for the state's tourism industry to rebound, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family...

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