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Deadly Flu Season Already In 2018

  Columbia, SC (WOLO)–  More than a dozen people have died from the flu this season in South Carolina.  There has been widespread flu activity for the fourth week this flu season. According to DHEC,15 people have died of the flu this season, seven of those deaths have happened here in the Midlands. In the first week of January alone, there were…

State leaders are excited about opening Samsung facility despite possible tariff

Governor McMaster Says No Decision Has Benn Made Yet

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Samsung officially opened it’s first American based appliance plant in Newberry County. This is big news for jobs in our state but the threat of a tax on product imports, also known as a tariff, is still a concern for some of our state’s highest ranking officers. Officials are still keeping a close eye on Washington…

“Truckers Against Trafficking” Empowers Truck Drivers To End Human Trafficking

  Columbia, SC (WOLO)–  Thursday, thousands of South Carolina’s truckers joined the fight against trafficking. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced a partnership that trains people who drive big rigs on how to spot and how to respond to trafficking. “I…. I didn’t know… I just, you know, she didn’t want to be there by herself I can almost promise you that….

SC lawmakers introduce bill to make electric chair default method of execution

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – South Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill to in the House of Representatives Thursday (1/11) that would bring back the electric chair as the default method of execution. The Bill, titled H416, would mandate that a person convicted of a capital crime and sentenced to death shall suffer the penalty by electrocution. It continues that the person…

State Lawmakers Vow to Fight Opiod Crisis

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – Across the board, lawmakers and state leaders say tackling the opioid crisis is a top priority. Wednesday (1/10) morning Governor Henry McMaster was joined by the Department of Alcohol and other Abuse Services. The Governor announced a new statewide public education campaign addressing opioid addiction and a new web site, justplainkillers.com. Governor McMaster says it is…

Senators Agree to Take Up Governor Vetoes Next Week

Some Senators Feel House Override Vote Was "Disrespectful"

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)-The road to better buses just got a little longer after legislators put on the brakes in the Senate Wednesday. Senators are asking representatives to go back and take a second look at their overrides to the governor’s budget vetoes. The South Carolina Senate has agreed to take up the governor’s vetoes next week. “I’m suggesting to the…

Councilman’s Proposal Could Close Columbia Bars at 2AM

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)- Your favorite bar could close earlier if one city councilman’s proposal passes. Councilman Howard Duvall’s proposed ordinance could eliminate the city’s extended hours permit which allows some bars to stay open well past 2 a.m. Some residents argued at the city council meeting Tuesday night that the late night hours gives them a place to go when…