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Biden Vaccination Plan

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Today at 3:45 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden is outlining his COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Wilmington, Del. Biden has been critical of the current administration's effort and is seeking to speed up the process. The announcement comes a day after Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Watch his remarks live, here...

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives taking their oaths of office last month.
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    This year’s session of the S.C. General Assembly got underway this week with one member describing it as "a session not like any other."  Most lawmakers wore masks as the lingering COVID pandemic altered many time-honored legislative traditions.  Adding to the unusual atmosphere at the Statehouse, were extra state police manning posts in and around the building following last week’s insurrection in Washington.  Neither the House or Senate will meet next week during the Presidential inauguration.

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Tonight at 7:15, President-elect Biden is set to deliver remarks in which he will "outline his vaccination and economic rescue legislative package." Biden has long said that the most recent coronavirus relief legislation did not go far enough in delivering critical help, and that a new package would be a top priority for his incoming administration. Watch live video here...

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The COVID-19 vaccine is here. But you might be confused about when you can get it or how.

So let’s break it down.

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On Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives debates an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with "incitement of insurrection." Watch the debate and vote live, here...

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Today at 6:00 p.m., the U.S. House of Representatives is taking up a resolution that would call on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and take over President Trump's duties. The effort comes as the House is also pursuing a second impeachment against the president over the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Watch the House proceedings live, here...

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In a chilly December sunset at Wild Hope Farm, the chickens are nice and warm, bobbing around inside an enclosed pen while a pair of China geese float in a small pond just outside. Stretching out to their right are long strips of green cover cops and similarly long strips of garlic.

It might not look it to the casual eye, but these birds and plants are all here to do a job, and an elegantly coordinated one at that. The geese chase away the hawks that prey on the chickens that eat the cover crops that draw greenhouse gases from the air. The garlic does that too, except it will end up in people bellies later this year, and not chicken bellies.

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Death is not the end of things when it comes to COVID. Not for coroners, anyway.

“People hear ‘death’ and it carries the connotation that it’s over,” says Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese. “There’s so much more that occurs.”

Most people likely haven’t thought about how COVID deaths have changed things for coroners. In Lancaster County, where the morgue’s capacity for storage is 12, deceased people are adding up.

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Members of Congress reconvened on Wednesday evening to continue the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden's White House win, hours after violent insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing party leadership to evacuate the scene while rioters overtook the complex. Watch the proceedings here, live...

Live Coverage: Georgia Senate Runoff Elections

Jan 4, 2021
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Georgians are voting in two Senate runoff elections on Tuesday. Incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The races were too close to call in November and now their outcome determines the balance of power in the Senate. Follow the results here, live on Tuesday.

Biden Unveils His Climate Team

Dec 19, 2020
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President-elect Joe Biden is introducing key members of his incoming climate team. The nominees and appointees include Rep. Deb Haaland for interior secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary and Gina McCarthy as national climate adviser. Watch live video here, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Vaccine Dream Becomes a Reality at MUSC

Dec 18, 2020
Shemika Champion becomes the first health care worker in the Lowcountry to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at  MUSC in Charleston.
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A gaggle of journalists gathers around a tent outside the  Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  With cameras, cords and microphones flailing, a curious hawk perched upon a nearby rooftop peers down at the crowd.

Inside the tent on this cold December day, 34-year-old Shemika Champion appears calm, even though a flurry of flashes surrounds her as a needle protrudes about an inch away from her arm.

"I'm just saying a little prayer to myself and getting ready," says Champion. 

A Lowcountry First

The pediatric nurse volunteered to become the first front-line health care worker in the Lowcountry to get the newly approved Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.  The hospital's initial shipment arrived just two hours ago.

Champion sits still as her exposed upper arm is swabbed.  On the count of three, the onlookers lean in as the vaccine slowly plunges, into her skin.  Like a champion, she doesn't flinch.  There's a huge applause.

"I can't stop smiling about it," she gushes afterwards.

This week South Carolinians will be able to view an astronomical event that hasn't been seen in 800 years.  Jupiter and Saturn, our solar system's largest planets, will appear to come together in what astronomers call "the Great Conjunction."  

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If there's a silver lining to 2020, it's that having to adapt to a society of avatars has made businesses and organizatons a lot more creative in how they reach their audiences. That's as true for the Culture and History Museums of York County as it is for anyone.

The sites under the CHM umbrella (Historic Brattonsville, the Main Street Children's Museum, the McCelvey Center, and the Museum of York County) were used to having lots of kids playing with toy dinosaurs and lots of people getting together for exhibits and displays. Then they had to close for a pandemic and find a way to stay relevant, and not just while the pandemic raged but for when it's gone.

Biden Gives Remarks After Electoral College Vote

Dec 14, 2020
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President-elect Joe Biden is speaking after electors around the country cast their formal votes, confirming his presidential win. Watch his remarks here at 7:30 p.m.

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