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University of South Carolina adds context to its history

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As some Southern universities grapple with uncomfortable truths about their histories, struggling with calls to rename or remove memorials and monuments to figures related to slavery and the Confederacy, the University of South Carolina is taking a different approach.

Proposal would fine railroads that don’t use safety system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker wants to fine rail companies that don’t implement a safety system investigators say could have prevented a deadly weekend crash, complaining that delays and extensions have dragged on for a decade.

The site of Sunday’s early morning train crash between an Amtrak train, bottom, and a CSX freight train, top left, in Cayce, S.C. Federal investigators are planning to give an update on their probe into a deadly crash between a freight train and a passenger train in South Carolina. The National Transportation Safety Board says on Twitter that the agency will hold a meeting briefing at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.( AP Photo/Jeff Blake)

US investigators say deadly Amtrak train crash preventable

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in South Carolina.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speaks at a press conference following a crash between an Amtrak train and CSX freight train in Cayce, SC, near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road around 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 20. At least two people were killed and at least 70 people were injured. (AP Photo/Jeff Blake)

Amtrak crash: Screams, cries, awakening to a ‘nightmare’

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Passengers aboard the Amtrak train that slammed into a freight train before dawn Sunday described being jolted from slumber as seats ripped away, awakening to screams and crying.

Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce, South Carolina, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. At least two were killed and dozens injured. (Tim Dominick/The State via AP)

The Latest: 2 killed in South Carolina crash Amtrak workers

The Latest on a deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina (all times local):

In this image from video, train cars are smashed and derailed Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 near Cayce. S.C. The crash left multiple people dead and dozens of people injured. (WLTX TV via AP)

FCC schedules meeting to address prison cellphone issues

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is following through on its promise to work with corrections and public safety officials to combat contraband cellphones in the nation’s prisons, setting a meeting next month to work on the issue.

South Carolina customers could see refunds in a utility sale

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A proposed deal announced Wednesday could mean $1.3 billion in refunds for customers of a troubled South Carolina utility who have been funding a failed nuclear reactor project.

Ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatally shooting Walter Scott

<p>CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) &mdash; A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.</p>

FILE - In a Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C. Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, for 2015 fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)

1st lawsuit filed over missing South Carolina seal

<p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash; The first legal challenge has been filed following the discovery that more than a hundred South Carolina laws are missing the state seal. </p>

This Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, photo shows a stack of legislation missing the Great Seal of the State of South Carolina, a mark that’s required by the state constitution for bills to be officially enacted, at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond, who says he discovered in August some acts were missing the seal, told The Associated Press on Friday he’ll ensure new bills have the mark going forward but that he expects hearings over the missing ones. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

After nuclear debacle, utility asks to cut S. Carolina rates

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — With customers angry that they’re still paying for a defunct multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor project, a co-owner of the South Carolina plant says it now wants to cut power rates and offer other givebacks.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. President Keller Kissam speaks at the company’s headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Cayce, S.C., about cutting customers’ rates in half over the next three years, following the abandonment of construction of two nuclear reactors. Kissam said SCE&G will ask regulators immediately to reduce customer rates by 3.5 percent, with company shareholders bearing remaining net construction costs for the next 50 years. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

FCC chair to work with Congress on prison cellphone issues

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he’s willing to work with corrections officials, telecom companies and the FBI to combat cellphones in the nation’s prisons.

FILE - In a Sept. 24, 2015 file photo, cell phones confiscated in prisons are displayed during a news conference in Atlanta. In a letter obtained Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 by The Associated Press, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he’s willing to work with corrections officials, telecom companies and the FBI to combat cellphones in the nation’s prisons. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Top GOP consultant charged with illegal lobbying, conspiracy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Republican political consultant and two former state representatives were indicted Wednesday in a corruption scheme in South Carolina’s Legislature that has now ensnared half a dozen lawmakers.

FILE - In a May 23, 2017 file photo, former Majority Leader Rick Quinn, left, and his father, Richard Quinn Sr. pause as they talk during a break in a hearing to get solicitor David Pascoe disqualified from the prosecution of Quinn in Columbia, S.C. Solicitor David Pascoe announced Wednesday, Oct. 18, that the State Grand Jury had returned indictments against Richard Quinn on charges of criminal conspiracy and failure to register as a lobbyist. Grand jurors also issued new indictments for two lawmakers already charged. Rep. Rick Quinn, the elder Quinn’s son, was charged with criminal conspiracy. (Tim Dominick/The State via AP)

Securities officials probing S. Carolina nuke plant fiasco

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Securities regulators are investigating the failure of a nuclear reactor construction project in South Carolina, according to a release Tuesday from one of the plant’s co-owners.

Feds subpoena docs from co-owners of failed nuclear project

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities have subpoenaed documents from both companies that abandoned a multi-billion dollar nuclear power construction project in South Carolina, the utilities confirmed Thursday, signaling the first concrete evidence of a federal probe into the failure.

South Carolina couple sues Amazon over eclipse glasses

<p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash; A South Carolina couple is suing online retailer Amazon over what they claim were faulty pairs of eclipse glasses that resulted in eye injuries, headaches and blurry vision.</p>

Thousands gather in South Carolina for total solar eclipse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Parts of South Carolina plunged into more than two minutes of darkness on Monday as a total solar eclipse finished its journey across the country before skirting off into the Atlantic Ocean.

Ezra Packham, of Jacksonville, Fla., looks through his solar glasses in preparation for the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, on the beach at Isle of Palms, S.C. Ezra and his family said the wanted to come to the Isle of Palms because they wanted to be on the beach and the city of Isle of Palms was giving away solar glasses. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Court: Violence law unfair to gay South Carolina couples

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People in same-sex relationships in South Carolina should get the same legal protections against domestic violence as heterosexual couples, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday, deeming a portion of the state’s domestic violence law unconstitutional.

Inmate’s escape: Phones, wire cutters, a drone and $47,000

<p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash; A South Carolina inmate used wire cutters that were likely dropped from a drone as part of an elaborate escape plan that also included cellphones smuggled into prison, guns and at least $47,000 in cash, authorities said Friday after his capture.</p>

File-This undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows Jimmy Causey who was re-captured in Texas early Friday, July 7, 2017, after his second escape from a maximum security prison in South Carolina, prison officials said. Agency spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe says Causey was arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety around 3 a.m. Friday. There were no immediate details on where in Texas that Causey was found. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

South Carolina inmate captured in Texas after second escape

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An inmate was recaptured in Texas early Friday after his second escape from a maximum security prison in South Carolina, prison officials said.

File-This undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows Jimmy Causey who was re-captured in Texas early Friday, July 7, 2017, after his second escape from a maximum security prison in South Carolina, prison officials said. Agency spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe says Causey was arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety around 3 a.m. Friday. There were no immediate details on where in Texas that Causey was found. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Reward offered as police investigate inmate’s 2nd escape

<p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash; Authorities continued to search Thursday for an inmate who has made his second escape from a maximum-security South Carolina prison, offering a reward for information leading to his capture.</p>

This undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows Jimmy Causey, who authorities continue to search for Thursday, July 6, 2017, after he escaped from Lieber Correctional Institution maximum-security prison in Ridgeville, S.C. This is the inmate’s second escape from a maximum-security prison. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP)