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

May 18, 2020 - Posted in Weather by Dr. Athena Masson
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Update 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...

Season’s First Tropical Storm Forms East of Florida

May 16, 2020 - Posted in Weather by Megan Borowski
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Saturday 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...

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

May 16, 2020 - Posted in News 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...

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
File photo of the S.C. House chamber

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'...

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

May 14, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMaster

On 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...

Chances Increasing that a Subtropical Storm Will Develop Near Bahamas This Weekend

May 12, 2020 - Posted in Weather by Dr. Athena Masson
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WEDNESDAY MIDDAY UPDATE: There is now a “high” chance of subtropical development near or north of the Bahamas this weekend, according to the 8 am outlook from the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters place the probability that a depression or storm will form at 70 percent...

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
File photo of the S.C. Senate in session

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...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — What Day Is It Even?

May 9, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visited Pendleton, SC, on Friday, May 7, 2020, to tour the Milliken and Company textile plant

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 9, 2020, we preview what lawmakers will be doing when they return to the state house next week, discuss safeguarding state primaries in June, and travel to Pendleton, SC, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visits a textile plant...

Unusual Late Season Frost Possible This Weekend

May 8, 2020 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
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Patches of frost are becoming increasingly likely over northern South Carolina this weekend. A strong cold front that is expected to bring showers to much of the state Friday into Friday evening will have chilly air behind it. The air temperature on Saturday is forecast to...

SC Prison Inmates Sue for Early Release as Coronavirus Claims Lives Inside

May 7, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Mark Trammell fighting for early release because he has stage four liver cancer and recently suffered a heart attack.

51 year-old Chris Varner of Anderson found love late in life. He's been married to Gay Stanley for nearly a year. They've spent much of their time together, apart. He worries he may never see her again. "I honestly believe it would be the end of her if she catches it," says...

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