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Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison casts his in-person absentee ballot with his son William in Columbia in October 19, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 20, 2020, features: a look at two new grant programs to help businesses dealing with economic impacts of the pandemic; an update on the economic head winds affecting one of our state’s top industries; comments from Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on South Carolina's response to the pandemic; and more.

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In South Carolina, many children were unable to participate in online schooling when the global pandemic struck earlier this year. Similarly, hundreds of thousands of people in the Palmetto State could not receive telehealth services or work remotely because they lacked access to high-speed internet service. 

Economists continue to monitor weekly initial unemployment claims data to see how the recovery is faring.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 17, 2020, features: the latest unemployment data for South Carolina and perspective from state economists on that data is telling us; insight on the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Judiciary Committee; what you can do to handle pandemic-induced depression; and more.

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Until about 10 minutes before noon on March 30 of this year, the Chester County sheriff’s race was set to be a one-man affair.

Max Dorsey, a Republican, was running unopposed. For almost a year, he’d been serving as the interim sheriff in Chester – an appointee to the position when Gov. Henry McMaster named him to take the place of Alex Underwood who, after serving as sheriff since 2012, was brought up on a host of federal and state corruption charges in May of 2019.

Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of October 15, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.

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Facing a pandemic, record unemployment and unknown future costs for COVID-19 treatments, health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans to individuals reacted by lowering rates in some areas and, overall, issuing only modest premium increases for 2021.

"What's been fascinating is that carriers in general are not projecting much impact from the pandemic for their 2021 premium rates," said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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"O" is for Oconee County (625 square miles; 2020 population 80,248). Oconee County is the only county in South Carolina that borders on two state—Georgia and North Carolina. Located in the northwest corner of the state at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the region was home to Cherokee Indians until the Revolutionary War. Oconee County was created in 1868 from the western half of Pickens County. The name Oconee derives from the Cherokees and has several interpretations, the most popular being “water eyes of the hills,” in reference to the area’s many waterfalls and streams.

Dr. Angela LaRosa

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela LaRosa about increased anxiety in children and adolescents during the pandemic. Dr. LaRosa is a Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at MUSC Children’s Health.

Recently, we talked to a financial advisor about which sectors of the stock market might perform better based on who wins the upcoming presidential election.  Today, we are going to talk about whether you need to do anything at all and if so, our next guest has some advice on how to go about it.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, SC.


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The coronavirus outbreak has hit Black and other communities of color disproportionately in hospitalizations and deaths in the United States and around the world.

Reasons are complex, but the disparities are thought to stem from minorities working in jobs on the front lines, having medical conditions associated with severe disease, higher rates of poverty and poor access to health care.

As Nov. 3 approaches, calls by President Donald Trump to declare a winner on election night have raised fears within the biggest, oldest group of mail-in voters: members of the military.  

In the run-up to the general election on Nov. 3, our series examines how US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden diverge on key issues by identifying important stories that highlight what the candidates would do differently on the global stage.

For more than a week, residents of Lashkar Gah city in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, have been on edge.

Some have been forced to flee their homes because of fresh fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces that erupted suddenly last weekend.

Local authorities report that as many as 35,000 people may have been displaced and 200 people have been killed or injured.


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WJWJ-FM, 89.9, Beaufort, is currently operating on a stand-by antenna. This will cause reception problems in some areas. Streaming will not be interrupted.

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