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USC’s Cooper OK After Foul Ball Scare

Columbia, S.C. (USC SID) — South Carolina senior right-handed pitcher Blake Cooper met with University of South Carolina medical director Dr. Jeffrey Guy on Monday morning. He was examined and X-rayed and there was no sign of a fracture in his right hand. He will undergo daily treatments and is expected to pitch the opening game for the Gamecocks at…

Body Found in Newberry County

  Power company workers made a shocking discovery this morning while cleaning up storm debris.   Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says the workers discovered a body in the Sumter National Forest on Jalapa Highway near I-26.   The body’s identity and cause of death have not yet been determined. Foster says at this time they do consider the death…

Candidates for Attorney General Battle It Out

 The race to be the state’s top prosecutor is heating up. The primary for attorney general was one of the closest in the state, forcing a Republican runoff next Tuesday. ABC Columbia News has more on the two men battling it out to be the GOP nominee.  Alan Wilson has worked as an assistant solicitor and an assistant attorney general….

Highway Patrol Conducts Lane Reversals

AP) _ It’s hurricane season, so South Carolina state troopers and other officers are practicing plans to reverse traffic on major highways near the coast in case of a hurricane.    The Public Safety Department says officers will be out all day Monday testing lane reversal plans. The exercise won’t affect traffic, but there will be a number of people…

Lexington Co: Lake House Fire Under Investigation

  Firefighters are still investigating what caused a fire at a Lexington County lake house.  Battalion Chief Billy Gardner says firefighters arrived at a home on Shull Ave. on Shull Island on Lake Murray just after 9pm Sunday.     No one was at the house at the time of the fire. Gardner says the property serves as a second home…

Midlands Hotter than Other Parts of State

The first heat advisory of 2010 was issued Monday. For those who live in the Midlands, that’s a stern warning.  According to weather experts, the Midlands is hotter than other parts of the state. Brutal sunlight, A/C units in overdrive, water sprinklers running overtime, and no chiming for pretty wind chimes.  It’s all evidence of summer in Columbia, a city…

Rawl Protests Primary Results

  The former state lawmaker who lost South Carolina’s U.S. Senate Democratic primary to an unknown, unemployed military veteran is protesting the election results.    South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley says Vic Rawl filed a protest just before the noon deadline Monday.    Greene stunned state party leaders June 8 when he defeated Rawl in the primary….

Sheriff Lott Celebrates 35 Years with Department

  A major milestone for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.     With fanfare and praise Sheriff Leon Lott celebrated 35 years of service with the department.    Lott began his career back in 1975 as a deputy and worked his way up through the ranks. He was elected sheriff in 1997.    Sheriff Lott says he is so proud to serve…

Woman Arrested, Charged Following Fatal Accident

(AP) _ An infant has died after being thrown into Lake Marion in a three-vehicle crash on an Interstate 95 bridge in South Carolina.    Multiple media outlets reported the wreck happened early Saturday.    Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elrod says 33-year-old Tonya Sue Thornton of Barnwell has been charged with driving under the influence involving death. Thornton was…

Online Pet Scams

   The Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals both report a rise in online pet scams.       ABC Columbia’s Daniel Seamans has a Watchdog Report on why money orders are a bad way to pay online for a pet.