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Gov. Henry McMaster's announcement that COVID-19 testing will be available in public schools followed weeks of back-and-forth on hang-ups that include whether districts can tweak a state-provided parental consent form and use their own letterhead. 

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Shuttered for weeks by public health mandates earlier this year and still struggling with reduced sales, local retailers say this holiday shopping season is critical to small businesses' ability make it through to the new year.

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The president at South Carolina's largest college is working from home after getting a positive test. He will continue to help with a search for a football coach. 

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It's been over a week since the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced fewer than 1,000 new cases in a day.

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South Carolina recorded 1,777 new coronavirus cases on Thanksgiving, the highest daily tally that the state has logged since July. 

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Students and teachers can get a COVID-19 test at public schools across South Carolina under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Henry McMaster

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Despite the differences in their career trajectories, Mickey Bakst and Jami Miller this year ended their lifelong food-and-beverage tenures for much the same reason.

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Cineworld Group is the ailing parent of Regal Cinemas, which recently shut down for the second time in 2020 because of COVID-19.

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As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the US Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.

Note: Known cases refers to the total number of positive test results. That means the number of known cases does not go down when a person either recovers or dies.

Sources: National data provided by The COVID Tracking Project using data collected from various national public health authorities. SC-specific data is based on The Post and Courier's reporting, drawn mostly from DHEC reports.

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Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths but also angering critics who want to see individuals held accountable, in addition to the company.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time Tuesday as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin.

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Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can once again go to the movies, cheer at an NBA game or give Grandma a hug.

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Amid a program-defining victory for its football team, hundreds of fans were defying statewide orders on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium. A lack of masks and social distancing throughout the stadium — both mandated by the South Carolina Department of Commerce — cast a dark cloud over No. 16 Coastal Carolina’s 34-23 nationally televised win over hated rival Appalachian State.

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