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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Potential to Create "Education Crisis for A Generation" Of SC Students

June 2, 2020 - Posted in News by Russ McKinney
School sign: "E-Learning, No School"

For the state's public schools the first of June normally marks the end of the school year. But this year the coronavirus outbreak changed that. On March, 2020 Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools closed. Last week, State Education Superintendent Mollie Spearman delivered an...

Chester Prays for Unity, Healing Amid Violence

June 1, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey doesn’t want his county to make the news because it’s on fire. “I don’t want [Chester] to look like burning buildings,” he said. “I want the world to see Chester as unified.” To show the type of unity as the example Dorsey wants to set, he...

Charleston Business Owners Face Violence Following George Floyd Protests

May 31, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Ken Schneider looks out from his wine bar on King Street in downtown Charleston in disbelief.

The city that displayed a wealth of grace in the aftermath of the massacre at Mother Emanuel and the shooting death of Walter Scott somehow succumbed Saturday night to the violence erupting nationwide following yet another senseless death, this time thousands of miles away...

Rock Hill Marches for George Floyd, May Get Citizens Review

May 30, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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On Saturday morning, about 1,000 residents of all ages and races gathered in Rock Hill’s Fountain Park to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in the custody of four white police officers in Minneapolis, Minn. Floyd’s death sparked protests in cities...

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

May 27, 2020 - Posted in News by Thelisha Eaddy
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley

For 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...

How Will Greenville Spend Its CARES Money? Good Question

May 26, 2020 - Posted in Business by Scott Morgan
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When 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...

MUSC Lancaster/Chester Nearly Back to... Wait, Can We Still Say Normal?

May 21, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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The Medical University of South Carolina’s hospitals in Lancaster and Chester are mostly back to being fully staffed. A little more than a month ago, around 75 of MUSC Health’s 900 layoffs happened at these two Upstate locations, but Scott Broome, the CEO for the Lancaster...

Reopening Too Soon? Lowcountry Mayor and Charleston Historian Reflect on the Spanish Flu

May 20, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie

It was the fall of 1918. Charleston had quickly gone from a bustling city to a vacant, ghost town. People were quarantined for five weeks because of a deadly pandemic. They were restless, eager to get back to business as usual. Sound familiar? Under Quarantine 1918 "...

Cooper River Bridge Run Cancelled Because of Coronavirus

May 15, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Cooper River Bridge Run participants lining up in Mount Pleasant April 2014

It'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...

SC General Assembly Approves Budget Resolution, Adds New Funding to Combat COVID-19

May 15, 2020 - Posted in News by Russ McKinney
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The SC House and Senate were finally able to agree on a resolution this week that will keep state government operating beyond the end of this fiscal year on June 30th. Lawmakers interrupted this year’s legislative session back in March because of the coronavirus outbreak...

(3-)DIY Projects to Thwart the Spread of Coronavirus

May 15, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
3D Systems has made plans for diagnostic and PPE gear available in the public domain for healthcare professionals

3D Systems, an international 3-D printing equipment company with a plastics manufacturing plant in Rock Hill, is a major reason why 3-D printing is a thing in the first place. That put the company in a pretty good spot to be an early responder to the call for personal...

Dealing with COVID-Related "Cabin Fever"

May 14, 2020 - Posted in News by Tut Underwood
Cabin fever caused by sheltering at home during the coronavirus outbreak can cause some serious mental health problems, say two Columbia psychiatrists.

Even though many stores and restaurants are gradually opening, many people are still working from home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Others are confined to their homes by self-quarantining, or by unemployment. Weeks or months of self-sequestering can lead to what'...

Stretching the Supply of N95 Masks

May 12, 2020 - Posted in News by Vince Kolb-Lugo
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With personal protective equipment in short supply, researchers are figuring out how to fill in the gaps and stretch supplies. One researcher at Clemson University is developing new methods to clean and sanitize medical masks that healthcare providers use. Dr. Mark Johson,...

Mask Makers Help Keep Health Care Workers Safe

May 12, 2020 - Posted in News by Tut Underwood
Individual seamstresses and small businesses are making face masks to help workers in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities

Both small businesses and individuals have enlisted in an effort to help hospitals, doctors' offices and employees of other institutions to protect themselves from the coronavirus by making reusable cloth masks, gowns or other protective equipment. Columbia's Soda City...

S.C. General Assembly to Address State Budget Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

May 11, 2020 - Posted in News by Alfred Turner
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This year’s session of the SC General Assembly was interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak back in March before lawmakers were able to approve next year’s state operating budget. So, they plan to return to Columbia for a couple of days this week to pass a resolution to...

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