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SC Trooper Charged for Shooting Unarmed Man

Victim was just reaching for license

(Newser) - Officials say a former South Carolina state trooper is charged with a felony in the shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop earlier this month. The SC Law Enforcement Division says in a news release that 31-year-old Sean Groubert was charged yesterday with assault and battery of a... More »

SC Dad Probed for Abuse Before Child Murders

Timothy Ray Jones faces 5 counts of murder

(Newser) - Questions remain as to how a man once described by a therapist as "a highly intelligent, responsible father" could be accused of killing his five children . But as the New York Times reports, Timothy Ray Jones "was leading a fractured life fraught with feelings of betrayal, anxiety, and... More »

House Speaker Blew $1M in Campaign Cash: SC Indictment

South Carolina politicians call for Bobby Harrells' resignation

(Newser) - South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell is the first sitting speaker in recent memory to be indicted. A grand jury handed down a nine-count indictment yesterday that accuses him of spending $1 million in campaign funds to pay credit card debt, the $70,000 salary of a secretary who works... More »

Cops: SC Dad Killed His 5 Kids

Timothy Ray Jones led police to bodies in garbage bags

(Newser) - Grim news from the South: Police in Mississippi say a South Carolina man has confessed to murdering his five young children, who were found in individual garbage bags buried near a highway in Alabama. Timothy Ray Jones, who had primary custody of the three boys and two girls ages 1... More »

Court: Workers' Comp Justified Over Kickball Game

Employee got injured at company game, can collect

(Newser) - If the company softball or kickball game gets a little too violent, the South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. The court today ruled that Stephen Whigham, who was injured in his firm's kickball game, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was... More »

Mailman Saves Choking Baby

Chris Brown in right place at right time

(Newser) - A letter carrier in South Carolina went far beyond the call of duty when he saved the life of an 11-month-old last week. When young Eli stuffed a plastic wrapper in his mouth, he began to choke, his mother, Stephanie Cooper, tells WYFF . "I turned around and started beating... More »

Drone With Drugs, Phones Crashes Outside Prison

Police say two men tried to fly it over wall at Lee prison on South Carolina

(Newser) - Old school for prison smugglers is to chuck a football stuffed with drugs and contraband over the wall. New school? Drones, of course. Authorities in South Carolina say two men tried to fly one onto the premises of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, reports AP . Alas, it didn't... More »

Cops: SC Man Hugged Baby to Death

Family friend charged with involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - A South Carolina man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly giving a 14-month-old boy a hug so tight it killed him. An arrest warrant states that Robert Christian Kemp, a 26-year-old described as a friend of the family, was looking after Jaylen Harris when he gave him "... More »

Letting Kids Play Outside Shouldn't Be Illegal

South Carolina mom jailed for sending 9-year-old to the park

(Newser) - Should sending your kid to play alone at a local park land you in jail? Because that's what happened to Debra Harrell. The 46-year-old South Carolina mom repeatedly sent her 9-year-old daughter to a well-trafficked park while she went to work at McDonald's. When the parents of other... More »

SC Spot Where Slaves Entered US to Get Museum

International African American Museum to be built in Charleston

(Newser) - A $75 million International African American Museum will be built in South Carolina on Charleston Harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. "There is no better site," Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said today, standing on the waterfront tract where... More »

Sen. Graham Fends Off 6 Tea Party Challengers

South Carolina senator cruises to win

(Newser) - Only one big scalp for Tea Partiers from yesterday's votes: Sen. Lindsay Graham comfortably won his South Carolina primary yesterday, defeating six rival Republicans who complained he wasn't conservative enough, the AP reports. Graham—who had a $12 million war chest while his rivals had less than $1... More »

Loaded Gun Found Among Target's Toys

Police on the hunt for a male suspect

(Newser) - A Target worker checking out the toy aisle in Myrtle Beach last week found what he first thought was a toy gun but turned out to be a real, loaded one, WMBF reports. Police say a male had been spotted walking up and down each toy aisle before the handgun... More »

Pastor Turns Bible School Into Labor Camp: Affidavit

Reginald Miller faces up to 20 years on each count

(Newser) - The head of a Bible college in South Carolina allegedly made foreign students work at substandard wages and threatened to revoke their visas if they complained, Raw Story reports. Homeland Security Investigations filed the complaint last week against Cathedral Bible College President Reginald Miller, who faces a maximum of 20... More »

Found: Civil War Ship Taken by Slaves

Robert Smalls commandeered the Planter, gave it to Union

(Newser) - After the American Civil War, a storied ship was wrecked off South Carolina. Now, experts believe they've found the remains of the Planter, a Confederate supply ship commandeered by its crew of slaves and turned over to the Union, LiveScience reports. The ship's wheelsman, in charge of steering,... More »

Mom Who Killed Baby Through Breastfeeding Gets 20 Years

Her morphine got into the infant's system

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for inadvertently killing her baby through breastfeeding. Prosecutors made the case that Stephanie Greene, 39, was taking so many prescription painkillers that her 6-week-old daughter overdosed, reports WYFF . The infant had a toxic level of morphine in her... More »

Inside S. Carolina's Tussle Over the ... Woolly Mammoth

Lawmaker calls for Bible quote in fossil bill

(Newser) - Olivia McConnell, 8, wants South Carolina to have a state fossil—after all, it's one of fewer than 10 that don't. But her efforts to get approval for the woolly mammoth have met with some obstacles in the state capital, USA Today reports. Republican state Sen. Kevin Bryant... More »

Small Earthquake Rattles Atlanta

4.1-magnitude temblor in South Carolina also felt in Georgia, Tennessee

(Newser) - One more present from Mother Nature to make this a winter to remember in the South: A 4.1-magnitude earthquake centered in rural South Carolina last night rattled homes in metro Atlanta and elsewhere in the region, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . So far, no injuries or serious damage have been... More »

772K Without Power as Storm Moves to Wallop Northeast

12 dead in South, more than a foot of snow expected in parts of Northeast

(Newser) - More than half a million Southerners have been left without power after major sleet and snow that left North Carolina drivers stranded on icy roads yesterday —and now that storm system could bring more than a foot of snow to parts of the Northeast, the AP reports. In fact,... More »

Teacher Builds Quiet Fortune, Leaves $8M to Charity

Half of dog lover's fortune to go to Humane Society

(Newser) - Margaret Southern lived a private life in her modest South Carolina townhouse. She taught special-needs kids, looked after her ailing brother, drove the same 1980s Cadillac for years, and loved both her dachshund—who would bark without Southern's undivided attention—and the local minor league baseball team. No one... More »

Deep South Braces for 'Paralyzing' Winter Storm

Schools closed; hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - The next big winter storm is reportedly on its way, and this time, it's the Deep South that will be feeling its effects. The Weather Channel sees 40 million people in the path of Winter Storm Leon, which an expert says could bring once-in-a-generation weather; another calls the storm... More »

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