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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
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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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Two calls to change names tied to the Confederacy occurred in Rock Hill Friday. One was the call by the Winthrop University Board of Trustees to change the name of Tillman Hall back to Main Hall – a move echoing this exact call at Clemson University last week and similar to the one at the University of South Carolina to remove the name Sims from a dorm; the other an effort to rename Confederate Park.

Educators Consider COVID's Effects on Higher Education

Jun 19, 2020
The COVID pandemic has colleges and universities all over the country making plans on how to proceed with a variety of instruction methods to keep students, faculty and staff safe, and as much as possible, back on campus.
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The coronavirus has changed life for everyone  - from washing hands frequently to wearing masks to keeping social distance - and every segment of our society.  The realm of higher education is no different.  According to Clemson University Dean of Education George Peterson, colleges and universities are wrestling with how COVID-19 will affect their abilities to get back into the classroom - at least partially - while keeping everyone safe.

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On Tuesday, Chester Police Chief Eric Williams held a press conference regarding the killing of 28-year-old Ariane McCree by a city police officer last fall.

Williams said the press conference was an effort to be fully transparent in an incident that has dogged the department since November. Hear the full press conference below.

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On Policing

Jun 16, 2020
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The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on policing as lawmakers work on legislation to combat police brutality. The hearing comes amid nationwide protests on the subject. Watch the proceedings live, here, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Suffragists demonstrating against Woodrow Wilson in Chicago, 1916.
Library of Congress, Records of the National Woman's Party

On May 21, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. Two weeks later, the Senate followed. The amendment was ratified and adopted, one year later on August 18, 1920. Getting to this historic moment took an almost century- long effort of lecturing, writing, marching, lobbying, and practicing civil disobedience for many women and their allies.