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New app inspires first responders to talk mental health

By JT Hydrick and J. Shillinglaw

New app inspires first responders to talk mental healthFirefighters work tirelessly and heroically saving lives every day. What many people don’t consider is the toll, both physically and mentally, that it takes on them and their families. Unfortunately, many firefighters (and their families) don’t seek the help that they need to cope with the stressful situations that they encounter. Sometimes they may need help to get past an isolated traumatic event but oftentimes they just need support to cope with the build-up of day to day stress and family tensions. “Firefighters a lot of times don’t seek mental health treatment, and when they do….they are...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — A Macabre Milestone

By Gavin Jackson

Clyburn on The ViewOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 28, 2020, we have updates on absentee voting for the June 9 primary, Boeing’s layoffs from its North Charleston plant, and a clinical research trial to see what power T-cells from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 hold for others. Plus, we listen to 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 information that matters to you, your family and...

As NASA Prepares for Historic SpaceX Launch, A Look at How an SC Native, Clemson Grad Plays a Role

By Thelisha Eaddy

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug HurleyFor the first time in nine years, astronauts will launch into space from American soil. Wednesday’s planned test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon will send two astronauts, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station. In 2018, South Carolina Public Radio talked with Conway native, Clemson Graduate and newly-appointed Deputy Director of NASA Johnson Space Center Vanessa Wyche. She shared how the agency was working towards this pivotal moment and how it relates to the future of space exploration. The scheduled flight is being called a new era in human spaceflight. NASA’s...

Pet fosters and adoptions are up since COVID-19

By Lynn Cornfoot

Pet Adoptions are up since COVID-19Since people have more time on their hands due to COVID-19, why not foster or adopt a pet? If there is a silver lining in this pandemic, it's that more animals are finding loving homes to weather the storm. For more information, contact City of Columbia Animal Services .

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms, Heading for Landfall in South Carolina

By Ray Hawthorne

4268d276-f75f-4338-868b-67b65c0fc446Tuesday 2pm EDT Update: Bertha has weakened to a Tropical Depression with maximum sustained wind speeds of 35 mph. As of 2PM EDT Wednesday afternoon Bertha was located about 70 miles north-northwest of Charleston and continues to move inland at about 15 mph, delivering heavy showers to the Midlands, Pee Dee and Lowcountry regions. This depression still has the potential to produce life-threatening flash flooding across portions of eastern and central South Carolina through Thursday morning. Rain estimated between 2 to 4 inches of rain will be possible in some areas with isolated areas...

How Will Greenville Spend Its CARES Money? Good Question

By Scott Morgan

8e202cf6-5608-4280-9a27-a6291bf8364cWhen the U.S. Treasury released its list of jurisdictions that would be getting money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act, someone had to tell the Greenville County Council that the county was on it. “Somebody said, ‘Hey, I think I saw you guys on a website,’” said Council Chairman Butch Kirven. “We looked and printed out the list, and sure enough, there we were.” Along with the listing was the amount of money the county would be receiving to help recharge its COVID-choked small business economy – $91.4 million. “We had to scramble around a little bit to...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Making Up For Lost Time

By Gavin Jackson

Straight Outta Quarantine Lockdown 2020 t-shirtOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 26, 2020, we travel to Folly Beach, SC, for Memorial Day, recap recent legislative action with The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and The State's Maayan Schechter, and learn how hospitals are staffing back up in the Palmetto State. Plus, we listen to 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 information that matters to you, your family and your...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Isle Of Facepalms

By Gavin Jackson

Beachgoers returned to Isle of Palms the weekend of May 16, 2020, after restrictions were lifted.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 23, 2020, we take you to the Isle of Palms as residents return to the beaches, look at how some communities are planning economic relief packages, and learn about the use of the promising COVID-19 treatment remdesivir in the Palmetto State. 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 and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No...

Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic

By Leslie Leonard

Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic“This pandemic has made known cracks and faults in the state of South Carolina, relating to education and health disparities,” says Michael Allen, a board member on the S.C. African American Heritage Commission. “Things that were once hidden are in plain view.” Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic is an effort to record the experiences of African Americans in South Carolina as related to the Coronavirus pandemic. It's the brainchild of Michael Allen. “The voices and the experiences of African Americans have shaped in the development and in the growth of South Carolina, so it’s...

River Flooding Likely to Follow This Week's Heavy Rains

By Ray Hawthorne

Severe Storm Risk over South CarolinaPersistent heavy rainfall this week, which has led to 3 to 7 inches of rain as of Wednesday morning based on radar data and cooperative observers over the Upstate and Midlands, is likely to lead to river flooding in the coming days statewide. The prevailing wind flow around a nearly stationary upper-level low over eastern Tennessee is transporting rich moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Oceans and depositing it over the state. The upper low is forecast to move slowly northward away from the state on Friday. Before it does, another 2 to 5 inches of rain is likely to fall over the...

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