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Hurricane Season Begins Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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This week is South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week, and this year South Carolinians should be extra cautious if evacuating for a hurricane, because of the presence of the coronavirus.
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This week is not only the beginning of hurricane season, it is Hurricane Preparedness Week in South Carolina.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service are predicting an above-normal hurricane season for 2020.  

NWS Hydrologist Leonard Vaughn explained, "typically we have on average, 12 named storms, six of those becoming hurricanes and three of those becoming major hurricanes, which are a category 3 storm or higher.  And the forecast this year has us with 13 to 19 storms and three to six of those will be in the major category."

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 4, 2020, we look at the upcoming June 9 primaries, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin's thoughts on local government response to COVID-19, concerns of a potential lost generation of South Carolina students, and more.

Update June 3, 2020 10:00AM EDT: Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall at approximately 9:35AM EDT Wednesday morning in the state of Campeche, Mexico with wind speeds of 60 mph.

For the state's public schools the first of June normally marks the end of the school year.  But this year the coronavirus outbreak changed that.  On March, 2020 Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools closed.

Thousands gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black Minneapolis man who was killed in police custody as a white officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes on May 25.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 2, 2020, we take you to Saturday’s protests in Columbia spurred by the death of George Floyd, which started with thousands gathered peacefully at the State House before devolving into isolated acts of destruction by a small group of people.

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Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey doesn’t want his county to make the news because it’s on fire.

“I don’t want [Chester] to look like burning buildings,” he said. “I want the world to see Chester as unified.”

Tropical Depression Three Forms in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico

Jun 1, 2020
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The third tropical system of the year formed Monday, which was ironically the first day of an already busy 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Three late Monday afternoon. Radar and satellite imagery were used to identify the center of circulation near the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where pockets of showers and thunderstorms were rotating around it across much of Central America and southeast sections of Mexico.

Ken Schneider owns Uncork Charleston, a wine bar on King Street.  His business was looted Saturday night following a peaceful day of protests.
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Ken Schneider looks out from his wine bar on King Street in downtown Charleston in disbelief. 

The city that displayed a wealth of grace in the aftermath of the massacre at Mother Emanuel and the shooting death of Walter Scott somehow succumbed Saturday night to the violence erupting nationwide following yet another senseless death, this time thousands of miles away in Minnesota.

“The mob just started breaking all the windows,” he says.  “Over the next 90 minutes we had roaming gangs of anywhere from eight to 12 people come in.”

The Violence

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On Saturday morning, about 1,000 residents of all ages and races gathered in Rock Hill’s Fountain Park to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in the custody of four white police officers  in Minneapolis, Minn.

Floyd’s death sparked protests in cities across the U.S. over the past week, calling for racial justice and an end to what protesters say is a history of police abuse and mistreatment of black citizens.

While some protests have turned violent, including one in Charlotte Friday afternoon, the Rock Hill march was one conceived in peace as a way to bring attention to the plight of black communities.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 30, 2020, we bring you major broadband discussion from several top lawmakers, medical professionals, and education leaders as we continue to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is illuminating the need to expand this critical infrastructure in our state and country.

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In this episode of Spoleto Backstage, Geoff Nuttall shares with co-host Bradley Fuller about one of his favorite Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series concerts from the past ten years: a 2011 program featuring Osvaldo Golijov’s “Lullaby and Doina” from The Man Who Cried, Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “The Union: Concert Paraphrase on National Airs,” and Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, also known as his “Cello Quintet.” After performances of the solo and chamber selections, Spoleto Festival General Manager Nigel Redden joins Bradley to discuss the difficult decision to cancel the two-week arts event for 2020 and to highlight some of its next steps.

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Fabiana Troxler spent a decade and a half in primary care nursing, but she wanted a little more from her work. In February, she made the leap to in-home, visiting nurse practitioner for geriatric patients. She joined Prospero Health in Charlotte to do so and gleefully set about her new career path.

“My heart was always with geriatrics,” she said.

About three weeks into that new career, it was March of 2020.

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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 28, 2020, we have updates on absentee voting for the June 9 primary, Boeing’s layoffs from its North Charleston plant, and a clinical research trial to see what power T-cells from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 hold for others. Plus, we listen to your voicemails, and more!

Maintaining Mental Health in the Face of COVID-19

May 28, 2020
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Many people are on edge, even as businesses start to open back up in the face of the COVID pandemic,worrying about whether it's too soon, and will more people being out and about bring a spike in the numbers of cases or deaths? 

On Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20, SpaceX teams, the company's Mission and NASA flight controllers executed full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley (front).
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For the first time in nine years, astronauts will launch into space from American soil. Wednesday’s planned test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon will send two astronauts, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station.

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