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One on One with Steve Benjamin

    The inaugural gala to usher in a new era of leadership in the city is underway.    A gala honoring Columbia’s new mayor, Steve Benjamin is taking place Thursday evening. ABC Columbia’s Robin Kanady sat down with Benjamin earlier to talk about his goals. Benjamin says, “In five years, I want to see unemployment down, crime down, per capital…

Gamecocks Return to Heroes Welcome

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Thousands of South Carolina fans are streaming into the school’s basketball arena to celebrate the baseball team’s first College World Series title. Fans chanted Wednesday as they waited for the Gamecocks to return after winning the crown Tuesday night with an 11-inning 2-1 victory over UCLA in Omaha, Neb. This was the first time a men’s…

USC Beat UCLA, Win National Title

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Whit Merrifield’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning gave South Carolina its first baseball national championship with a 2-1 victory over UCLA in the College World Series on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks (54-16) won six straight games after losing their CWS opener against Oklahoma. They also won the last championship…

No All-Williams Final, Venus Loses

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Venus Williams would shank a shot – and she shanked many on this day – then turn toward the Court 1 player guest box where her parents were seated and put her palms up or shrug her shoulders, as if to indicate, “I don’t know what’s happening here.” The five-time Wimbledon champion was out of sorts,…

Spain, Paraguay Move To Cup Quarters

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The last thing Paraguay wanted was to wind up in a shootout with Japan. After all, the South Americans almost never practice penalty kicks – or have any success when they do. Yet Paraguay took the most difficult route to its first World Cup quarterfinals Tuesday. After 120 exhausting minutes without scoring, the Paraguayans found…

Gamecocks CWS Champion Shirts

There are many festivities still ahead for the USC Gamecocks. Already fans are showing their pride by snatching up the Gamecocks College World Series Champion shirts. ABC Columbia’s Robin Kanady has the story. To see the video, click on the player. The shirts are available at Todd and Moore, Jewelry Warehouse and Gamecock Stop.

Worthy Champions On and Off the Field

 Rosenblatt Stadium is more than just a baseball stadium.  Named after an Omaha mayor who dedicated his life to public service, it has become a symbol for what is right in sports.  No BCS controversy, no corporate sponsors and no spoiled millionaire teenagers with attitudes and egos as big as their bank accounts.  Here it’s amateur athletes playing the national…

South Carolinians Hitting the Road for the Fourth

   It looks like many of you have plans to hit the road to celebrate the Fourth.    From fireworks to boat parades there are events nationwide…and AAA says nearly 450,000 South Carolinians will travel during the holiday.    The good news…gas prices are stable. We’re averaging $2.50 this week, down a quarter from last month.

State Lawmakers Working on Voter ID Compromise

(AP) _ House Republicans will decide the fate of a bill requiring South Carolina voters to show a photo ID and also allowing them to cast a ballot early.    The bill could die Tuesday unless the House agrees to accept the Senate version. House GOP leaders say showing a photo is an issue of voter integrity, but they don’t…

Hinson Gets Second Sentencing Hearing

(AP) _ A registered sex offender in South Carolina is getting a new sentence on a federal gun charge.    Court documents show Kenneth Glenn Hinson is scheduled to have a sentencing hearing on Tuesday in Florence.    Hinson was arrested in 2006 and charged with raping two girls in an underground room behind his Darlington County home. Hinson was…