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2 Dead as Shots Fired at University of South Carolina

Murder-suicide on Columbia campus

(Newser) - Two people died today in an apparent murder-suicide on the University of South Carolina's campus, a shooting state law enforcement authorities called "very isolated." The state's flagship university said in two alerts via its emergency system and Twitter that a shooting had occurred at the new... More »

Gen. Sherman's War Spoils May Sit at Bottom of SC River

Tar-cleanup project in Congaree River could expose munitions

(Newser) - In 1954, a gas-producing plant closed near the Congaree River in Columbia, SC. But its presence lingers, in the form of roughly 40,000 tons of "taffy-like" black tar that need to be removed from the river. The State reports on a most unusual side effect of damming the... More »

Sanfords Reunite—for Holiday Function

SC first lady returns for governor's open house

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford returned to the South Carolina Governor's Mansion yesterday, just for the day. Gov. Mark Sanford's estranged wife joined him for the traditional holiday open house, at which they stood far apart and greeted visitors to the mansion, newly decorated for Christmas. Jenny Sanford, who has been living in... More »

Jenny Sanford, Kids Move Out

(Newser) - The wife of South Carolina's philandering governor is moving out and taking the kids, the State reports. “I have decided to move back to our home in Charleston with our sons for the upcoming school year,” Mark Sanford's wife, Jenny, said in a statement released today. The governor... More »

Runaway Gorilla Hurts Zoo Worker

(Newser) - An escaped gorilla injured a South Carolina zoo employee before voluntarily returning to his enclosure after 5 minutes on the loose, the State reports. Riverbanks Zoo in COlumbia was on lockdown for about 45 minutes after Mike escaped, with visitors escorted into buildings or outside the park. The zoo did... More »

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