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US Army Spc. Matthew Jackson, South Carolina National Guard Medical Command medic, assists healthcare professionals in the delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to civilians who have volunteered and registered to receive the vaccination during a drive-u
Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, South Carolina National Guard

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for January 16, 2021, we look at the second impeachment of President Donald Trump and speak with one of the 10 Republicans who voted for it, South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice. Also on this episode: a look at Gov. Henry McMaster's fourth State of the State address; a summary of the first week of the South Carolina legislative session; an update on the state's COVID-19 vaccination efforts; and more.

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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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.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 12, 2021, we look at the top issues state lawmakers will be prioritizing this session, hear what business leaders want to see accomplished at the State House, learn about efforts to get more South Carolinians vaccinated, and more.

PBS NewsHour

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 9, 2021, features a look at the unprecedent assault on the US Capitol on January 6, including a firsthand account from Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC), comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC), and more.

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

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.

Wintry Weather In The Upstate Friday

Jan 7, 2021

Update as of 2:30 PM Friday: 
Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect across Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, and northern Oconee and Pickens counties through midnight tonight. On and off periods of rain/snow mix will continue in these areas this evening, likely turning to all snow tonight. Accumulations from this additional precipitation will be limited, but it will create difficult driving conditions in the Upstate. In addition, wet pavement in the Midlands may freeze in places tonight, causing slick spots. 

SCDHEC

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.

Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for January 5, 2021, features an update on Gov. Henry McMaster's bout with COVID-19, a look at the federal relief funds flowing to small businesses and schools in the Palmetto State, details from DHEC officials about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and more.

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Central South Carolina

Jan 2, 2021
National Weather Service

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued through Saturday night for the majority of the Midlands and western parts of Pee Dee and the LowCountry.

Tornado Watch Issued for Parts of South Carolina

Jan 1, 2021
National Weather Service

A Tornado Watch has been issued for eastern parts of the Midlands, including the city of Greenwood, through 8:00PM EDT Friday.

Strong to severe thunderstorms were moving through portions of eastern Georgia Friday afternoon and continue to approach South Carolina. Several Tornado Warnings have been issued since the late afternoon Friday in Georgia and the threat is anticipated to cross over into the Palmetto State Friday evening and into the overnight.

Tornado Watch Issued for Parts of South Carolina

Jan 1, 2021
National Weather Service

A Tornado Watch has been issued for eastern parts of the Midlands, including the city of Greenwood, through 8:00PM EDT Friday.

Strong to severe thunderstorms were moving through portions of eastern Georgia Friday afternoon and continue to approach South Carolina. Several Tornado Warnings have been issued since the late afternoon Friday in Georgia and the threat is anticipated to cross over into the Palmetto State Friday evening and into the overnight.

National Weather Service

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to close out 2020 and welcome in 2021. The chance of a few strong to severe storms will be possible through the holiday weekend.

Tornado Watch Issued Ahead of Strong Cold Front

Dec 24, 2020
National Weather Service

Updated Thursday December 24, 2020; 2:30PM EDT

A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Pee Dee until 10:00PM EDT, this includes the city of Myrtle Beach.

Strong showers and thunderstorms will have the potential to produce isolated tornadoes Thursday afternoon and evening as well as straight-line wind damage and heavy rainfall.

Prisma Health staff cheer as healthcare workers transport the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in the Columbia hospital on December 15, 2020.
Prisma Health

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 20, 2020, features: a remembrance of South Carolina political heavyweight Don Fowler, who passed away this week; an update on the state's economic recovery; perspective from frontline workers at Prisma Health on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout; and more.

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