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Gov. Henry McMaster Tweeted this photo Thursday afternoon with the caption "Lives depend on it. Wear it."
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  As South Carolina enters the July 4th weekend, public health officials are bracing for what they term as a possible unimaginable number of new cases of the coronavirus.  Gov. McMaster said this week the state is facing a test.

The authors of "We Are Charleston" (left to right) historian Dr. Bernard Powers, State Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and former journalist Herb Frazier
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In the months following the unimaginable church massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, a poet, a journalist and an historian came together to write a book.  They wanted to explain to a nation not only what happened, but why.

Why were nine Black parishioners gunned down by a white stranger?

Five years later, the authors of "We Are Charleston" find themselves trying to explain again why more African Americans continue to be killed across the country, repeatedly and publicly, this time by white police officers.

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On Thursday morning, the Spartanburg County Council held a special meeting to vote on whether to ask residents and visitors to wear face coverings – not just masks – at grocery stores and pharmacies in the county. The resolution adopted 3-1 was largely symbolic, as most measures by county and local governments have been amid a stunning spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases and escalating death totals.

There will be no enforcement, in other words, if someone walks into a supermarket without a mask on.

Views from Sumter and Senate streets in Downtown Columbia
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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, South Carolina Public Radio and South Carolina ETV are broadcasting the series Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists. The series looks at how local women played  roles in a national movement that eventual guaranteed more than 26 million women the right to vote.

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Tuesday at 10:00 a.m: The Senate Health Committee discusses plans for reopening schools and offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Watch a live video stream of the hearing here...

File photo of S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster giving a press briefing on COVID-19
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Today at 4:00 p.m: Governor Henry McMaster and his emergency response team will offer a live update on the state's efforts to battle the spread of the coronavirus. South Carolina Public Radio will broadcast the briefing.

Watch live video of the briefing here...

Capital City Columbia Passes Face Covering Ordinance

Jun 26, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike, more cities are passing their own rules requiring masks. Clemson and Charleston are joining Greenville and Columbia in requiring everyone to wear masks in grocery stores and pharmacies. 
South Carolina Public Radio's Vince Kolb-Lugo spoke with Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin about the city's new rules, which go into effect Friday, June 26, 2020. 

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Today at 12:30 p.m.: The White House coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Pence, is holding a briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services. Watch the remarks live, here...

Statue of John C. Calhoun is lifted from its more than 100 foot tall base at Marion Square on June 24, 2020.
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It’s been nearly impossible to see the face of John C. Calhoun perched atop a more than 100- foot pedestal over the Charleston city skyline for 124 years, but now the likeness of the South Carolina statesman is gone.

It took time to take down.

Calhoun was a former State Senator and Vice President of the United States. But he was also a well-known advocate of racist policies, especially slavery.

The Debate

His stature in one of the city’s most prominent parks, Marion Square, has been debated for years.

Statue of John C. Calhoun Comes Down in Charleston

Jun 24, 2020
Crews prepare the statue of John C. Calhoun to be removed from a 100 foot pedestal in Charleston's Marion Square
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A statue of John C. Calhoun has stood atop a perch of more than one hundred feet over Marion Square for 124 years and it was no easy task taking the likeness down.

Calhoun was a former State Senator and Vice President of the United States.  But he was also well known as an advocate of racist policies and slavery. 

His stature in one of the city's most prominent parks has been debated for years. 

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Today at 3:30 p.m.: President Trump is holding a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Watch the remarks live, here.

House Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing

Jun 24, 2020
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Today at 12:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Department of Justice whistleblowers who allege that political considerations are unduly influencing major prosecutorial decisions. Watch the hearing live here...

House Coronavirus Response Hearing

Jun 23, 2020
U.S. Capitol building
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Today at 11:00a.m.: The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding oversight hearings on the Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top public health officials including Anthony Fauci and CDC director Robert Redfield will testify. Watch the live video here...

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Back in January, South Carolina Public Radio spoke to Dr. Alecia Watt, the director of Greenville Technical College’s Educational Opportunity Program, about the school’s initiative to identify and retain African-American male students who were at risk of dropping out.

The original feature is here.

SC Gov. Henry McMaster (right) at Fibertex Nonwoven facility in Laurens County, June 5, 2020
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New cases of the coronavirus are soaring in the state causing a new set of challenges for state and local officials.

For the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Carolina saw relatively low numbers of cases attributed to a series of state mandates ordering schools and many businesses closed, and for people to stay home.

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