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SC Lede: COVID-19 — Work Or Home Or Myrtle Beach

April 30, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Boeing will be cutting its workforce 10% in light of economic headwinds as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 30, 2020, we break down the latest COVID-19 numbers in the Palmetto State, take you to Myrtle Beach as the city votes to reopen its beaches and hotels, and look at Boeing's plans to layoff workers from its North...

Local Stores Face Challenges Re-opening in Charleston

April 29, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Half-Moon Outfitters assistant store manager Brent Ferguson (left) and a co-worker prepare for customers

It's one of those warm days when a little free air conditioning would feel good strolling along King Street in Charleston. But despite the governor's executive order allowing retailers to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, many store doors remain padlocked. "We've...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Racial Disparities In Real Time

April 28, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Gavin Jackson (with A.T. Shire in insert) records from his parents' house on Monday, April 27, 2020.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 28, 2020, we take you to Greer, SC, where a shipment of over a million face masks meant for Prisma Health was delivered this weekend with local, state, and national political leaders in attendance. We also examine what...

The Complex Inequities of COVID-19 in South Carolina

April 27, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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The exact numbers keep changing, but the percentages have remained relatively steady. And they show that African-Americans are South Carolina’s most disproportionately affected group when it comes to COVID-19 cases and deaths. But they also show that men and women overall...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — While I Cough, I Hope

April 25, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Protesters calling for the governor to reopen South Carolina on Friday, April 24, 2020.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 25, 2020, we take you to the first meeting of Accelerate SC, Gov. Henry McMaster's COVID-19 taskforce aimed at jumpstarting the economy. We also speak to protesters calling for the governor to reopen the state this week,...

Coronavirus Risk Causes Anxiety in Expectant Mothers

April 24, 2020 - Posted in News by Tut Underwood
Side view of pregnant woman, sitting.

Everyone is taking extra precautions to avoid the risk of getting the coronavirus and its resulting disease, COVID-19. But one group of people seems especially fearful of getting the virus: expectant mothers. Dr. Stephanie Berg, a Prisma Health psychiatrist who treats...

South Carolina Prisons Are (So Far) Among the Least Affected by COVID

April 24, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
South Carolina Prisons Are (So Far) Among the Least Affected by COVID

So far, South Carolina’s correctional system has managed to duck the high infection rates plaguing prisons in states like Ohio and Mississippi. According to Bryan Stirling, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, 35 of the department's nearly 5,000 staff...

Coronavirus Causes Uncertainty for South Carolina's State and Local Governments

April 23, 2020 - Posted in News by Russ McKinney
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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced this week that some retail businesses in the state are being allowed to re-open. McMaster hopes the loosening of restrictions on certain retail businesses will re-ignite the state’s economy which prior to start of the...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Find Your Own Beach

April 23, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Residents on Garden City's beach following Gov. Henry McMaster's executive order that the state's beaches could reopen.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 23, 2020, we head to the coast to see how cities are handling the reopening of beaches after local governments were given the ability to lift bans this week. We also break down annoucements by Gov. Henry McMaster and...

Attention Shoppers: There Is Still Plenty of Food in South Carolina

April 22, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Word that a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota, where 5 percent of the nation's pork is processed, sent ripples across the U.S. food industry. It didn't help that just a few days later, another Smithfield plant – this one much closer to home, in Tar Heel,...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Palmetto Plateau

April 21, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Gavin Jackson (with A.T. Shire in insert) records from his home on Monday, April 20, 2020.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 21, 2020, we discuss Gov. Henry McMaster's announcements this week that certain stores and beaches in the state can reopen. We also visit the McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC, to learn about the healthcare...

Coronavirus Takes Heavy Toll on Retail Industry

April 20, 2020 - Posted in News by Tut Underwood
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For several weeks now, the coronavirus has kept people at home, socially distanced and away from work. Among the other disorienting effects, it also has brought to a halt the busy hum of commerce at many businesses in South Carolina and across the nation. Though it is...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Soft Open In Sight

April 18, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Gavin Jackson (with A.T. Shire in insert) records this episode from his home on Friday, April 17, 2020.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 18, 2020, we breakdown comments by Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials about how and when the state's economy could reopen. We also look at substance abuse and addiction during these challenging times, listen to...

She Survived SARS, H1N1, and Science Class - but COVID-19 Canceled Her Commencement

April 17, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Steffi Kong grew up in Singapore. At the onset of the century, the country was in the path of the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, a coronavirus similar to COVID-19. Kong contracted SARS, and beat it, but "because of that, my immune system was very...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — A Disaster Inside A Pandemic

April 16, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Damage from tornado

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 16, 2020, we examine the impact of severe weather on the Palmetto State in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and visit Seneca, SC, to speak with residents whose lives were changed by the damage caused by tornadoes...

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