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Hate Group Comes to State House

There was a clash of ideals on the State House grounds Tuesday. The radical Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas came to Columbia. The group is known for protesting at soldiers’ funerals and spreading a message of hate against homosexuals and Jews. But dozens of counter-protestors outnumbered Westboro Baptist fifty to one. ABC Columbia’s Robin Kanady has more on the story….

Health Care: The Midlands Winners and Losers

As the new health care overhaul sinks in, both sides try to figure out how to deal with the changes. We have reaction from a small business owner who is not happy at all and an uninsured woman who says she couldn’t be happier. Monique Williams reports. To see the complete story, click on the Video Player icon under the…

Man Accused in Reverend’s Murder Missing in Court

A man accused of killing a Columbia reverend did not appear in court Tuesday, but over thirty members of the victim’s family showed up. Bond was denied Tuesday morning for Frankie Lee McGee. In court Tuesday, prosecutors said a witness saw McGee leaving the home of Reverend Tryon Eichelberger last May after the pastor was killed. The witness said McGee…

Silencing the R-Word

Organizers of the Special Olympics held a rally to ban what they call the “R” word. They hope to urge people not to use the word retarded when referring to Special Olympic athletes or anyone living with an intellectual disability.The Special Olympics has formed youth councils to promote acceptance and ask people to sign a pledge to promote awareness.

Three Arrested in Lexington Co. Meth Lab Bust

Lexington County deputies say they’ve broken up another meth lab. Major John Allard says this one was operating at a home on Minnie Fallow Rd. Allard says a concerned citizen reported suspicious activity at the home. When deputies arrived they noticed a strong chemical odor that they say is a tell tale sign of meth production. Allard says Kenneth Moore,…

Elon Outslugs Clemson, 15-10

Clemson, S.C. (CU SID) — Elon scored 11 runs in the last four innings to rally for a 15-10 victory over #5 Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. Elon improved to 11-9 and snapped its five-game losing streak with the win. The Tigers dropped to 17-3 on the year. It was Clemson’s first home loss of the season…

Gamecocks Outlast GA Southern In 13

Statesboro, GA (USC SID) — Brady Thomas three-run double in the top of the 13th inning broke a 5-5 tie and John Taylor hurled two perfect innings of relief to pick up his first win of the season as South Carolina earned an 8-5 win over Georgia Southern on Tuesday night at Clements Stadium. Carolina is now 17-4 on the…

Garcia Sports Helmet Cam

COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — The University of South Carolina Gamecock football squad returned tothe Bluff Road practice fields Tuesday afternoon. The squad worked out for a little over two hours under warmbut windy conditions.”Not too much happened (today),” said head coach Steve Spurrier following the workout. “The defense lookedpretty good. Some of the quarterbacks threw some errant balls. But…

NASCAR Tests Spoiler In Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is receiving favorable driver reviews from the switch from a wing to the traditional spoiler. NASCAR opened a rare two-day test session Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for teams to get track time with the spoiler. It will return to competition this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The rear wing was a component of NASCAR’s current…

NFL Changes Playoff Overtime Rule

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NFL changed its overtime rules for playoff games. Starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If the game becomes tied again after that next series, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules. If the team winning the toss immediately…