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Coronavirus Scare You? Flu Should Scare You More

Feb 4, 2020

Health officials around the world are scrambling to stay ahead of the coronavirus outbreak plaguing parts of China. But Dr. Melissa Nolan, an infectious disease specialist at the University of South Carolina, says influenza is a far bigger cause for concern.

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Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Jamie Lovegrove (r).
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With "coding issues" with the results reporting app used by Iowa caucus precinct managers preventing the release of any data, a winner has yet to be named for the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses. The South Carolina Lede was planning on drilling down into the results to try and surmise what they could mean for the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary later this month. Instead, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss what went wrong in Iowa, what it could mean in an already busy news cycle, and how the candidates are faring in South Carolina polls.

The gate at Auschwitz concentration camp, with the slogan "work will set you free" above the entrance.  Recently the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust observed the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Allied forces during World War II.
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Recently in South Carolina and around the world, events were held to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  January 27 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.  The Holocaust killed an estimated six million European Jews as well as many other victims of the Nazis, including Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, gypsies, homosexuals, the infirm and more.  

SC Senate in session on January 30, 2020
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Teacher Bill of Rights Defeated

When the State Senate re-convenes next week it will begin its’ third week of debate on an omnibus School Improvement Bill.  For the past two years it’s been the General Assembly’s first priority.  It aims to update an array of state policies to produce better educated students, and perhaps most importantly shore-up the teaching profession by keeping good teachers in the classroom and to entice new teachers to the profession.

Two University of South Carolina pediatricians have recommendations for parents to help get their kids more, and better quality, sleep.
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Recent research has found that 75 percent of teens, and many younger children, don't get enough sleep.  This phenomenon has been called a major health crisis, and a pair of University of South Carolina pediatricians agree.  

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Pete Buttigieg on Friday, January 24, 2020.
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Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of January 29, 2020, host Gavin Jackson sits down with Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg at Ms. B's Southern Soul Food restaurant in Columbia, SC, to discuss what he's doing to engage black voters in South Carolina, his policy plans, and more.

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Greenville Technical College has no problem attracting a diverse student body. What it does have -- and it's not alone in this by any stretch -- is a problem retaining African-American male students. 

Dr. Alecia Watt, the college’s director of educational opportunity programs, says that more than any other group, African-American male students at Greenville Tech leave school before finishing their degree paths. Her certainty comes from an in-depth study to find out who was not coming back and why. 

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Maayan Schechter (r).
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The Iowa caucuses are next week, which means that we are just over a month away from the February 29 Democratic Presidential primary in South Carolina. On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss recent updates from the campaign trail here in the Palmetto State.

File: Gov. Henry McMaster
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For the second year in a row, state lawmakers have the luxury of putting together the state’s budget with millions of additional dollars.

The state’s economy is booming.  More people are working, and tax revenues are way ahead of projections.  For the first time the state’s annual operating budget for next year is expected to exceed $10 Billion.

In his annual State of the State address Wednesday night (Jan 22), Gov. Henry McMaster recommended an ambitious spending plan along with returning a quarter of every new dollar back to taxpayers.

Transmitters for SCETV and SC Public Radio.

The short interruptions that some listeners of both commercial and public radio stations have experienced to broadcasts in the past couple of months are actually the sound of progress, according to ETV Vice President of Technology and Facilities Mark Jahnke.

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Manning Reentry/Work Release Center used to have another name. Until 2016, this nearly 60-year-old prison on the outskirts of Columbia was called Manning Correctional.

That might seem like a minor change. It’s not. It was the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ (SCDC) way of saying to the public and to Manning’s inmates that the perception, treatment, and, ultimately, rehabilitation of the men who do time there was going to change.

Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of January 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent King Day at the Dome event in Columbia, SC, to hear from Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), businessman Tom Steyer, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg also made an appearance at the event but did not give an address.


York County enjoys a unique position, geographically, in South Carolina. It borders a county (Mecklenburg) that houses a major U.S. city – Charlotte, N.C.

Farm in Williamsburg County
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In 2019, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers shared statistics to “point out the seriousness” of the need for the next generation of farmers.

“If you’re talking fruits; there’s about a fifty, fifty chance that fruit was grown somewhere else in the world,” Weathers said. “Thirty percent of our vegetables are being imported into this country,” he added.

Mother Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston
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Felicia Sanders held her granddaughter so tight, she feared she might suffocate the child on the church floor, as a racist gunman they had welcomed to bible study executed nine fellow parishioners one by one.

Bullet casings scorched her legs.  She watched helplessly as her son Tywanza, just feet away in a pool of blood, took his final breath. 

Sanders and her granddaughter survived the massacred that claimed nine lives that night by playing dead.