Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press

Jeffrey Collins

The Associated Press

Columbia, SC, United States

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Recent articles by Jeffrey:

April 1, rent’s due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

It’s the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent’s due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down. Many of those renters are without jobs – nearly 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed for unemployment […] → Read More

Living outside lockdown: Barbers, beauty shops still open

With South Carolina’s first coronavirus hot spot just a short jaunt up the highway, Johellen Lee hadn’t been out for anything but groceries for nearly a month. → Read More

SC unemployment soars as coronavirus shuts down hospitality

COLUMBIA — In the first week of economic disruption from the coronavirus, more than 31,000 people said they lost their jobs in South Carolina.The state Thursday released unemployment claims for the week ending March 21, and the 31,054 claims were almost the same number of jobless claims filed over the first 11 weeks of 2020 combined, including a big spike after the temporary jobs created around… → Read More

SC unemployment soars as COVID-19 shuts down hospitality

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the first week of economic disruption from the coronavirus, more than 31,000 people said they lost their jobs in South Carolina. The state Thursday released unemployment claims for the week ending March 21. If all claims were approved, the number of people without a job in South Carolina would climb […] → Read More

New York quiets as it becomes next virus hot spot

An order barring most New Yorkers from congregating in groups or going to work was set to go into effect Sunday in an attempt to slow a pandemic that has threatened to make the state one of the world’s biggest coronavirus hot spots. → Read More

New York to shut down as it becomes next virus hot spot

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor prepared Monday to order his city behind closed doors in an attempt to slow a pandemic that has swept across the globe and threatened to make the c… → Read More

New York to shut down as it becomes next virus hot spot

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's 8. 5 million people were preparing to go behind closed doors as the city quickly becomes one of the world's biggest coronavirus hot spots. An order for all non-essential businesses to close and non-essential workers to stay home starts in New York at 5 p. m. Sunday. The city's mayor urged the president to send military doctors to help care for a rapidly rising… → Read More

$45M approved for SC health to fight virus as courts suspended

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a nearly empty Statehouse with especially worried members voting from the balcony, the South Carolina House approved $45 million Thursday for state health officials to → Read More

S.C. DHEC reports 13 new cases of coronavirus

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating 13 additional cases of the coronavirus. → Read More

Amid flurry of SC cancellations, Senate will keep meeting

The president of the South Carolina Senate says the chamber plans to meet next week amid a flurry of other cancellations in response to the new coronavirus → Read More

RMC says it’s ready for virus ; hospital urges hand washing, social distancing

Regional Medical Center officials say they’re preparing to provide appropriate care for coronavirus patients. → Read More

New case of coronavirus identified in Lancaster Co., DHEC says

South Carolina health officials have identified a new presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Lancaster County. → Read More

SC House OKs extra money for roads, teachers and tax relief

The South Carolina House has passed the state's $10 billion budget, putting additional money into teacher salaries, roads, safety at state prisons and tax relief and rebates. The House finished work on the spending plan Wednesday, a day earlier than usual. The speed was especially surprising because lawmakers had an additional $1. 8 billion to spend over the past year's budget. The spending plan… → Read More

House rejects across the board pay raise for all SC state workers

The spending plan provides $42 million for state employees raises → Read More

House rejects raises for all state workers; OKs $10B budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has rejected proposals to give across-the-board raises to state employees. The House approved the state’s $10 billion budget Tuesday. The spending plan provides $42 million for state employees raises, but allows agency leaders to give them out as they wish. Democrats say that isn’t fair and offered […] → Read More

Senators working fast on changes at SC state utility

Both the House and Senate want to fire the current Santee Cooper board that they blame for approving a minority stake in two nuclear reactors that were halted during → Read More

House rejects raises for all state workers; OKs $10B budget

The budget includes a $3,000 raise for all teachers. → Read More

Senators working fast on changes at SC state utility

South Carolina senators are wasting little time in bringing together their plan to remake state owned utility Santee Cooper. A subcommittee spent about an hour Tuesday creating a framework of what they wanted in a reform bill. Senate Finance Committee staffers and lawyers then spent several hours to write those suggestions into a bill to be brought before the full Finance Committee later… → Read More

After 8 weeks of debate, SC Senate OKs huge education bill

COLUMBIA — After eight weeks of debate, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday gave key approval to a bill to overhaul public education.The 80-plus- → Read More

Bids nixed, SC Senate, House differ on state utility future

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have rejected all bids to buy or manage state-owned utility Santee Cooper and the House and Senate appear to disagree on what to do next. The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill Thursday with some ideas to reform Santee Cooper, but also to create a committee […] → Read More