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Columbia, SC, United States

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Recent articles by Jeffrey:

Mom fights for SC balcony inspection law after son's death

South Carolina senators want more information about a bill that would require state inspectors to check on wooden balconies on hotels, apartment buildings and other multifamily dwellings → Read More

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

Investigators say they found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl inside his trash can → Read More

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

Investigators say they found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl inside his trash can → Read More

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Investigators found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl who lived in his neighborhood inside → Read More

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

Investigators say they found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl inside his trash can. → Read More

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

COLUMBIA, S. C. (AP) - Investigators found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl who lived in his neighborhood inside his trash can, authorities said. Three days after Faye Marie Swetlik's mother frantically called 911 to report her daughter's disappearance from their front yard in Cayce, the girl's body was found Thursday. Her… → Read More

Big issues press SC Senate as education debate in 5th week

COLUMBIA — For nearly a year, South Carolina senators have carefully and methodically worked on a bill that would overhaul public education in South Carolina. But time to consider the bill might be running out.Wednesday marked the 13th day of floor debate on the proposal with senators still considering changes instead of debating the entire bill.Five weeks into the 18-week session, senators have… → Read More

South Carolina girl found dead, days after going missing

A 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared earlier in the week after getting off her school bus was found dead Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been opened, authorities said. → Read More

South Carolina girl found dead, days after going missing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared earlier in the week after getting off her school bus was found dead Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been opened, authorities said. The body of a man also was found recently in the neighborhood where the child, Faye Marie Swetlik, disappeareMonday, said Cayce […] → Read More

Missing 6-year-old girl found dead in S.C.; homicide investigation begins

A 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared Monday after getting off her school bus was found dead Thursday and a homicide investigation has begun. → Read More

Missing girl found dead in SC; homicide investigation begins

Authorities say a 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared Monday after getting off her school bus was found dead and a homicide investigation has begun → Read More

Trash cans searched, cars towed in SC missing girl search

Police say they're searching trash cans and landfills, towing cars and even closing off a neighborhood to everyone except residents as they search for a 6-year-old girl last seen just after getting off the school bus in South Carolina → Read More

Sell, manage or status quo? Report out on SC public utility

COLUMBIA — South Carolina could pay off billions in debt and end uncertainty over lawsuits if it sells its state-owned utility, Santee Cooper, but the move would cost ratepayers more money over the next 20 years, state fiscal officials say in a newly released report.Lawmakers asked for the report from the state Department of Administration last year as they grapple with the fallout from… → Read More

Steel beam crashes through truck driver’s windshield, stops inches from his chest

Johnnie Lowe was behind a truck when the steel beam fell off the back of the flatbed and hit the freeway. → Read More

‘Reaper of death’: Student discovers new Tyrannosaurus rex relative

The new specie’s name is Thanatotheristes, Greek for “reaper of death," Degrootorum. → Read More

Move over: SC bill would get slow drivers out of left lane

Some of the most powerful lawmakers in South Carolina are backing a proposal to allow officers to pull over people who drive too slowly in the left lane of major roads → Read More

SC lawmakers reject naming interchange for Trump or Obama

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – A small group of South Carolina lawmakers has killed competing bills that would have named one of the state’s busiest intersections after either President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama. Members of the House Invitations and Memorial Resolutions Committee agreed Thursday that naming roads for living people is dangerous when […] → Read More

SC lawmakers reject naming interchange for Trump or Obama

A small group of South Carolina lawmakers has killed competing bills that would have named one of the state's busiest intersections after either President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama → Read More

SC lawmakers reject naming interchange for Trump or Obama

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small group of South Carolina lawmakers Thursday killed competing bills that would have named one of the state's busiest intersections after either President Donald Trump → Read More

SC lawmakers reject naming interchange for Trump or Obama

GREENVILLE, S. C. (AP) — A small group of South Carolina lawmakers has killed competing bills that would have named one of the state's busiest intersections after either President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama. Members of the House Invitations and Memorial Resolutions Committee agreed Thursday that naming roads for living people is dangerous when behavior and reputations can… → Read More