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CPD: Decision to Cancel Trump Event Made “Independently” by Campaign

A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department says the agency never recommended that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cancel his campaign rally in the city.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department says the agency never recommended that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cancel his campaign rally in the city. CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that the department never told the Trump campaign there was a security threat at the University of Illinois at Chicago venue. He said the…

Cruz responds to Trump’s cancelled Chicago rally

Cruz spoke to reporters at a suburban Chicago Republican dinner about 30 miles away from where his GOP presidential rival was forced to cancel a rally due to safety concerns.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz is responding to Donald Trump’s cancellation of his Chicago rally, saying the billionaire has created “an environment that encourages this sort of nasty discourse.” Cruz spoke to reporters at a suburban Chicago Republican dinner about 30 miles away from where his GOP presidential rival was forced to cancel a rally due to safety concerns. The…

A Familiar Face in Fig Columbia

You might notice a familiar face in the latest edition of Fig Columbia magazine.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — You might notice a familiar face in the latest edition of Fig Columbia magazine. Our very own Alicia Barnes is featured in the “Fig Authentic” section giving her “Seven Tips for Party Heaven.” In fact, the entire Spring 2016 issue is all about hospitality. Fig Columbia is a free magazine. For more information, visit www.figcolumbia.com.  …

State to evaluate local governments

Gov. Nikki Haley says a statewide evaluation of local taxes and regulations will help communities attract businesses.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Gov. Nikki Haley says a statewide evaluation of local taxes and regulations will help communities attract businesses. Haley issued an executive order Wednesday creating a Local Government Competitiveness Council. The council will evaluate local governments’ performance on economic and quality of life issues. The council will be lead by state Department of Revenue director Rick Reames…

Luck of the Blowfish

The Lexington County Blowfish hope to hit one out of the park but we're not talking about baseball.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — The Lexington County Blowfish hope to hit one out of the park but we’re not talking about baseball. Tuesday, the Blowfish announced plans to host the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Lexington. It’s set to take place Saturday, March 12th at 2 p.m. Lexington County native S.C. National Guard Major General Robert Livingston will…

Flood Recovery Fund Announced

The federal government is sending South Carolina $157,000,000 to aid in flood recovery.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — The federal government is sending South Carolina $157,000,000 to aid in flood recovery. The disaster recovery fund was announced Monday with Richland and Lexington Counties along with the city of Columbia getting the bulk of the funds. A spokesperson did not know when the money would become available. Categories: Lexington, Local News, News, Richland, Weather Tags:…

4 Leap Day Facts

It only happens once every four years.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — It only happens once every four years. Monday is February 29th otherwise known as Leap Day. Here are some Leap Year fun facts: -Julius Caesar introduced the first Leap Year in 46 BC. -According to tradition, February 29th is a day designated for women to propose to men instead of the other way around. -People who…

Lindsey Graham says GOP “has gone bats— crazy”

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham unloaded on his party and the remaining Republican presidential candidates Thursday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC NEWS) — Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham unloaded on his party and the remaining Republican presidential candidates Thursday, joking that the GOP “has gone bats— crazy” and Sen. Ted Cruz’s Senate colleagues could get away with murdering the Texas senator on the Senate floor. “The most dishonest person in America is a woman, who’s about to…

How this season’s flu shot compares to past years

Last season's flu shot only reduced flu risk by 20%.

ATLANTA, GA (WOLO) — How effective is this season’s flu vaccine? Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say so far it’s working pretty well. The CDC says this season’s vaccine cuts the chance of getting the flu by nearly 60%. That makes it one of the most effective flu vaccines in recent years. By comparison, last season’s…