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USC dance marathon to raise funds for hospital

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Close to 500 students and 100 volunteers from the University of South Carolina are kicking up their heels all night long to raise money for the Palmetto Health Children's Hospital in Columbia.

SC Gov. to Repay Security for Trips

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) _ Gov. Nikki Haley's administration has agreed to repay the state the $16,000 it cost to provide security during out-of-state fundraising trips she took during the past year.

Voter ID Investigation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A South Carolina Election Commission review of allegations that dead people have been voting has found no evidence that any such ballots were cast.

Auntie Karen Foundation: Legends of...2012

At a time when state dollars are hard to come by for various programs and organizations due to budget cuts, The Auntie Karen Foundation seeks to meet that need by highlighting talent and providing opportunities for those right here in the Midlands.

Our interview with Phineas & Ferb

Phineas & Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever, will take center stage at the Colonial Life Arena. We caught up with them Wednesday to talk about the show.

Senator holding up confirmation vote on DHEC head

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A senator is filibustering to hold up a vote that would put the leader of South Carolina's labor agency in charge of the state's public health and environmental control agency.

PRT Head Predicts 5 Percent SC Tourism Increase

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ The head of South Carolina's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is predicting a 5 percent increase in the number of people taking in the state's sights in 2012. Duane Parrish said Wednesday that a number of tourism indicators were up in 2011, including hotel occupancy which was up more than 2 percent.

Abandoned Buildings

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina legislators hope tax breaks can turn abandoned buildings into bustling commercial space.

A Midlands Man's Search for Missing Son

Even though authorities think the safe return of his son is highly unlikely, Gary George from Lexington isn't letting that stop him from turning to the internet and establishing a foundation to help find other families' missing loved ones, including his own.

Jump at the Pump

As the price at the pump hit its highest over the weekend, the average cost for a gallon of gas in the Palmetto State is still lower than the national average. However, petroleum experts say the increase will be felt far beyond the pump, nonetheless.

USC study: Mexican-Americans gain away from home

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new study by researchers in South Carolina has found that the further young Mexican-Americans move away from the dietary habits of their native culture, the more weight they gain.

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