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filing opens for 2018 races across south carolina


columbia, s.c. (ap) — candidate filing is now open for this year’s elections in south carolina.filing opened at noon on friday. candidates have until noon on march 30 to file their paperwork and pay required fees.the governor and other statewide elected officials face voters this year, as do all of south carolina’s seven u.s. house members. neither u.s. sens. lindsey graham nor tim scott is on the ballot.this year’s elections mark the first time south carolina’s governor and lieutenant governor have run together on a ticket. incumbent gov. henry mcmaster faces several opponents in the june gop primary, and several democrats are vying for their party’s nomination.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks






2018 ballots to start taking shape in south suburbs


although elections for south and southwest suburban representatives on county boards, in the state legislature and in congress are months away, what the ballots will look like next fall will begin to take shape this week.candidates for established political parties begin filing nominating petitions monday, with the filing period continuing through dec. 4. filing for candidates running in newly established parties as well as independent candidates isn't until next june.but even for democrats and republicans who'll start filing in a host of races, petition challenges will play a large role in deciding who'll still be standing when voters go to the polls in the march 20 primary.at least one name familiar to southland voters won't be on that ballot, with state rep. al riley, d-olympia fields,






2 arrested in south carolina girl’s hit and run death


walhalla, s.c. (ap) — two people have been arrested in a hit and run death earlier this month that killed an 11-year-old south carolina girl last weekend.the oconee county sheriff’s office said in a news release tuesday that 19-year-old john melvin miller jr. of seneca was arrested tuesday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.the owner of the vehicle that hit the girl, 35-year-old jim schuch, is charged with filing a false police report after being given notice of a criminal investigation.emmalee budrevich was struck and killed around 9:30 p.m. saturday near seneca when she tried to cross a highway while walking home from a store with two friends. the south carolina highway patrol says the vehicle left the collision scene.most read storiessale! save up to 90%






bmw announces $600m expansion as it celebrates 25 years


bmw said monday it will invest an additional $600 million to expand its south carolina plant, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next four years.ceo harald krueger’s announcement coincided with the german automaker’s celebration of 25 years of manufacturing in the state. bmw, which has already invested $8 billion in south carolina, also unveiled its 2018 bmw x3, a compact sports vehicle expected to be available in november. it will be built at the plant in greer alongside the bmw x4, x5 and x6.the expansion will boost its workforce to more than 10,000 people. bmw will separately invest $200 million over five years on workforce training, krueger said. the company touts the south carolina plant as its largest worldwide, producing more than 411,000 x models last year. about 70 percent of bmws m






south carolina housing market rebounding, but still behind national jump the glo


share thistagscharlestongreenville south carolinahomehousing bubblehousing marketjobslabor marketmercedes-benzmyrtle beachreal estate investmentreal estate marketsouth carolinaunemploymentunemployment statsvolvohome prices in south carolina are still on the rise, but the increase still falls behind the national jump in rates. prices are still expected to rise in 2018 at a moderate pace.in 2017, home prices increased by 4.7% in the state. on the national level, home prices jumped 7%. the increase has been driven primarily by low inventory, high demand and favorable interest rates.photo/ public domain photos via pixabayin south carolina, the median home price is $188,500, according to s.c. realtors association. median prices vary greatly from region to region in the state. in charleston, the






south carolina gets extension for real id-compliant licenses


blythewood, s.c. (ap) — south carolina has gotten another year to get driver’s licenses in line with federal identification requirements for boarding a plane, entering a federal building or getting onto a military base.the state department of motor vehicles said wednesday the u.s. department of homeland security had given south carolina an extension through oct. 10, 2018, to implement the changes.in april, gov. henry mcmaster signed a law allowing south carolinians to obtain real id act-compliant licenses, reversing the state’s decade-long refusal to comply. homeland security gave the state until this month to become compliant. that deadline was extended for one year on tuesday.once the state is certified as compliant, south carolinians have until october 2020 before a real id license is n






bi-lo and harveys closing 30 stores in carolinas


charlotte, n.c. (ap) — the owner of bi-lo and harveys grocery stores is closing 30 underperforming stores in the carolinas.media outlets reported that southeastern grocers said thursday it will closed 19 stores in south carolina and 11 in north carolina.southeastern grocers says it is voluntarily filing chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a restructuring. a total of 94 stores are being closed in seven southern states.the company said it will continue to operate its other 582 successful stores.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksstores being closed in north carolina include black mountain, charlotte, concord, gastonia, lincolnton, morganton and pineville.stores being closed in south carolina include anderson, bamberg, barnwell, clemson, columbia, greenville,






2 officers suffer minor injuries in south carolina shooting


cayce, s.c. — authorities say two police officers are recovering from minor injuries after they were shot chasing a driver who ran from a traffic stop in south carolina.the city of cayce said in a facebook post that its officers tried to stop the driver in the city, but he drove over the bridge into columbia before pulling over around 12:30 a.m. saturday.authorities say the car accelerated as the officers first approached. the driver then ran into the woods and fired at the officers. they returned fire.the two officers and the driver were all hit. the driver's condition was not released.the names and races of the officers and the driver were not released.the state law enforcement division is investigating.






storm warning for north carolina's outer banks


by brian mcnoldy and jason samenow | washington posta tropical disturbance near the northeastern florida coast could become the season’s ninth named storm late monday or tuesday: irma. this system will have minuscule effects compared with harvey in texas but may prove briefly disruptive for mid-atlantic beaches.tropical storm watches span from the central south carolina coast to the southern coast of north carolina. a warning has been issued for the north carolina outer banks, where the storm’s center will come closest.heavy rain is expected to be the main hazard. between monday morning and wednesday morning, up to nine inches of rain is possible in a swath from the south carolina border up through the outer banks.the system, termed potential tropical cyclone ten, is poorly organized and a






candidates start jumping into 2018 sheriff's race


although the official filing period for the 2018 race for lake county sheriff does not begin until january, candidates have already started getting their names out to voters.four candidates have announced their candidacy to fill the position current sheriff john buncich will leave, as he's hit the two-term limit to run for the position. lake county clerk michael a. brown, schererville police chief david dowling, richard ligon and dan murchek, the lake county sheriff's department deputy police chief, have started their campaigns well ahead of when filing begins.jim wieser, chairman of the lake county democratic committee, said it's premature to talk about what the race might look like in 2018, but he anticipates a number of people running."i certainly think there will be multiple candidates






south carolina prison escapee waives extradition from texas


georgetown, texas (ap) — a convicted kidnapper who escaped from a prison in south carolina using wire cutters apparently carried by a drone and was captured 1,200 miles away in texas has waived extradition.prosecutors say jimmy causey was being held tuesday in the williamson county jail pending extradition to south carolina, where he was serving life in prison. causey was sentenced 13 years ago for holding a gun on a lawyer who once represented him.south carolina officials haven’t said when causey, who was captured last friday near austin, would be returned. he waived extradition monday.officials believe causey fled from the lieber correctional institution near charleston, south carolina, on july fourth using wire cutters apparently carried via drone.most read storiesunlimited digital acce






boeing cutting fewer than 200 jobs in south carolina


north charleston, s.c. (ap) — boeing co. says it’s eliminating some jobs at its 787 dreamliner plant in south carolina.local media outlets reported the layoffs of “fewer than 200 workers” are the first in south carolina since the company moved to north charleston in 2009.boeing’s vice president and general manager in south carolina, joan robinson-perry, said in a memo to employees thursday that the company needs to become more competitive in “a relentlessly challenging industry.”the company would not say exactly how many jobs are being eliminated in south carolina.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the company announced cuts in december in washington state in what it called a company-wide effort to reduce jobs in its commercial airplane division to better compete wit






maryland rep. delaney campaigning in south carolina, iowa


annapolis, md. (ap) — maryland rep. john delaney is campaigning in south carolina and iowa this weekend.delaney, who announced he is running for president in july, is scheduled to deliver remarks to the horry county democratic party shore dinner in myrtle beach, south carolina on saturday night.he will be in audubon, iowa, on sunday for the audubon county democratic party annual fundraiser.on monday, he’ll be meeting and greeting with democrats in council bluffs, iowa. he started campaigning in iowa and new hampshire last month.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the third-term congressman announced in july he would be running for the democratic nomination for president, instead of for governor of maryland or re-election to his house seat in 2018.






germany and france races confirmed on 2018 f1 calendar


geneva — grand prix races in france and germany have been confirmed on the 21-race formula one calendar for 2018.the german gp, which has struggled with attendances and track fees, was scrapped this year but will return at hockenheim on july 22.the french gp, meanwhile, returns after a 10-year absence and will be hosted at the iconic paul ricard circuit, also known as le castellet, in southern france.paul ricard last hosted the french gp in 1990. the race was then organized at magny-cours from 1991-2008 but was then dropped from the calendar in 2008 because of financial issues.both races were expected to be on the calendar for 2018 but were formally approved during a meeting of the fia world motor sport council on monday in geneva."we wanted to finalize next season's calendar early, so tha






south carolina officer shoots, wounds robbery suspect


north charleston, s.c. (ap) — a south carolina police officer has shot and wounded an armed robbery suspect.north charleston police spokesman spencer pryor said the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. sunday after an armed robbery at a convenience store.pryor says the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment. there was no word on the suspect’s condition. there was no indication the officer was hurt.the state law enforcement division has taken over the investigation. sled spokesman thom berry said investigators were told there was a shootout between the suspect and officer.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the names and races of the officer and suspect weren’t immediately available monday morning.no other details were immediately available.






ncaa south regional final: north carolina vs. kentucky


south region (1) north carolina vs. (2) kentuckyno ncaa tournament game ever has featured so much history as this one, between programs that have combined for 244 tournament victories. this is kentucky's 56th ncaa berth, ahead of only north carolina (48) for the most ever. only north carolina has earned more no. 1 seeds (16) than kentucky's 12. north carolina (30-7) leads the all-time series 23-15, including 2-1 in the ncaa tournament. kentucky (32-5) won 103-100 on dec. 17 in las vegas. justin jackson scored 34 points for the tar heels in that game, only to be topped by malik monk's 47, including the winning three-pointer. north carolina didn't have stingy defender theo pinson for that game.associated press






south carolina deputy, suspect wounded in shooting


st. stephen, s.c. (ap) — a sheriff’s deputy and a suspect have been wounded in a shooting in south carolina.berkeley county chief sheriff’s deputy mike cochran told local news outlets the shooting occurred around 5:30 a.m. friday near st. stephen.cochran said deputies tried to make a traffic stop on a man who had left a reported domestic dispute. cochran says a deputy was shot by the driver. cochran says the officer returned fire, wounding the man.both have been taken to trident medical center in north charleston. there was no immediate word on their conditions.most read storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe names and races of those involved weren’t immediately available.the state law enforcement division is investigating the shooting.st. stephen is about 45 miles (72 kilomete






gop seeks to block ruling restoring appeals court primaries


greensboro, n.c. (ap) — north carolina republican legislative leaders want to halt a federal judge’s order that restored primary elections for appellate court races this year after a state law canceled them.an attorney for gop lawmakers filed a request friday that u.s. district judge catherine eagles delay her preliminary injunction this week, or modify it while her decision is appealed.judge eagles kept in place the state law canceling primaries for trial court judges because the general assembly is debating whether to redraw judicial election districts. but she saw no justification extending it to statewide court of appeals and supreme court races.gop attorney martin warf wrote that eagles creates a two-tiered judicial elections system that will confuse voters. he’s asking her for a quic






state politics in carolinas clash with ncaa tournament


greenville, s.c. (ap) — times have changed in the carolinas. everyone knew this day was coming, but now it’s a reality.the ncaa tournament, a spring fixture in basketball-crazed north carolina, is tipping off in south carolina on friday. because of state-level politics, the ncaa no longer considers north carolina a suitable host, while a political move has put south carolina back in the governing body’s good graces.north carolina was stripped of opening-weekend games set for greensboro due to a law limiting protections for lgbt people. instead, tradition-rich state powers duke and unc start play friday in greenville, south carolina.moving the game south carolina would not have been option two years ago due to the presence of a confederate flag on the state’s capitol grounds. but lawmakers






no. 7 south carolina uses big run to beat florida 64-57


columbia, s.c. — a'ja wilson scored 22 points and no. 7 south carolina used a big run spanning the half to beat florida 64-57 on sunday.south carolina (20-5, 9-3 sec) appeared sluggish after playing its third game of the week and being down to nine healthy players. with a slim first-quarter lead, coach dawn staley deliberately kept wilson on the bench for the start of the second quarter, knowing the gamecocks could have to play stretches without her going forward.not coincidentally, that's when the gators (10-15, 2-10) made a run to take a 10-point lead.wilson re-entered the game and led a 10-0 burst to tie the game, then scored at the buzzer for a halftime tie after the gators briefly re-took the lead. another south carolina run out of the locker room gave it a lead it wouldn't relinquish






south carolina officials warn of dangerous driving


columbia, s.c. (ap) — the snow has moved out of south carolina but officials say driving conditions are still dangerous.the national weather service issued a winter weather advisory thursday for 28 counties in the central and northwestern parts of the state. forecasters say black ice is a danger for drivers until late morning or midday.a number of schools and local government offices were opening late thursday.duke energy reported about 1,900 customers without service thursday morning. the biggest problems were in spartanburg county. south carolina electric & gas co. had about 130 customers without service, almost all of them were in dorchester county.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.the electric cooperatives of south carolina reported about 2,500 customers without se






opportunities to roll and roll


you don’t need us to tell you minnesota is a state that cycles. when it comes to rolling the chunky, mountain bike variety, there are plenty of competitive and more laid-back opportunities:• among other places, there are weeknight races at afton alps and buck hill (in burnsville).• there also are programs to get newbies rolling confidently. three rivers parks has introductory sessions july 25 at elm creek park reserve (threeriversparks.org). the dnr also has i can mountain bike! on aug. 12 on the popular trails at cuyuna country state recreation area.• get the full glory of the minnesota mountain bike racing scene — the kits, the bikes, the music, the beer — without, well, riding. lutsen mountains resort is the epicenter for the lutsen 99er, a rugged and popular race. even better, it’s on






2 games bring ncaa tournament to final four teams on sunday


the ncaa tournament will have its final four teams on sunday with two more games to determine the last spots.and both games are rematches of contests played earlier this season. southeastern conference teams south carolina and florida face off first for the right to represent the east, then north carolina plays kentucky in the south bracket.the winners will join gonzaga and oregon at the final four in glendale, arizona, where the tournament semifinals will be played on saturday.south carolina and florida are at this stage of the tournament in large part because of a game they played against one another on jan. 18. it announced the gamecocks as a force but also prompted a team meeting for the gators that triggered a nine-game winning streak, which included a rematch win against south caroli






martin truex jr. lands 36-race sponsorship deal for 2018


talladega, ala. — having the best team in nascar has paid off, finally, for furniture row racing.the team on sunday announced a full sponsorship package for martin truex jr. in 2018 with bass pro shops, 5-hour energy and auto owners insurance. since its inception, the team has primarily been funded out of team owner barney visser's pocket.but truex has been the most dominant driver this season and is the current favorite to win the cup championship.the new sponsorship consists of 16 races of funding from bass pro shops and 14 races from 5-hour energy. auto owners insurance picked up the remaining six races. as part of the deal, bass pro shops and 5-hour energy also are forming a business-to-business relationship.






south carolina deputies shoot man to death at troubled motel


greenville, s.c. — authorities say south carolina sheriff's deputies shot a man to death during an altercation at a motel where they've been called hundreds of times in the past year.greenville county sheriff will lewis tells local media outlets three deputies were patrolling the parking lot of the super lodge motel at around 2 a.m. saturday when they encountered suspicious activity.lewis says shots were fired, and a suspect died at the scene. none of the deputies were injured.the coroner later identified the suspect as 37-year-old jason robert mendez of fountain inn. the state law enforcement division is investigating, which is standard practice.the races of the deputies and suspect were not immediately released.lewis says authorities have been called to the area nearly 400 times in the l






ncaa east regional final: florida vs. south carolina


east region (4) florida vs. (7) south carolinathe sec rivals never have met in a bigger basketball game than this one. south carolina (25-10), perhaps the biggest surprise of the tournament after beating no. 2 seed duke and blowing out no. 3 seed baylor, is looking for its first final four appearance. the gamecocks' play might not always be aesthetically pleasing, but coach frank martin said, "it's beautiful to us." florida (27-8) is trying to get to the final four for the sixth time overall, and the first under coach mike white, who replaced billy donovan in 2015. the gators and gamecocks split two meetings this season, with each winning at home: south carolina 57-53, florida 81-66.associated press






north korean envoy, in south, opens door to u.s. talks


vice president mike pence departed for a five-day, two-country swing through asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with north korean officials while in south korea at the 2018 winter olympic games. but on feb. 10, less than two hours before pence and his team were set to meet... (ashley parker)






a look at friday’s opening round of the ncaa tournament


a look at some interesting things in friday’s opening round the ncaa tournament:___third chancemarquette graduate transfer katin reinhardt will play with his third school in the ncaa tournament.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the 6-foot-6 reinhardt played with unlv as a freshman in 2012-13 and after a redshirt transfer season he played for southern cal in 2014-15 and 2015-16. this season he’s with marquette, which opens play friday against south carolina. his ncaa tournament record is 1-2.“it’s a blessing for me to be part of the three teams that have been in the ncaa tournament,” said reinhardt, who averaged 10.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. “i’ve just been fortunate to be on teams that are good enough to make it in march.”___something has to givethe marquette-south






former vp biden dedicating statue honoring sen. hollings


charleston, s.c. — former u.s. sen. ernest "fritz" hollings of south carolina is being honored outside the federal courthouse in charleston that used to bear his name.former vice president joe biden is the main speaker monday at the dedication of a hollings statue outside the j. waties waring judicial center. hollings made the unusual request in 2015 that congress rename the building for the civil rights-era judge.biden is a longtime friend of south carolina's 95-year-old former democratic governor. hollings served nearly 40 years in the u.s. senate before retiring in 2005.in 2010, biden dedicated a university of south carolina library named for hollings.republican u.s. sen. lindsey graham will introduce biden. others scheduled to attend the free, public ceremony include u.s. rep. jim clyb






spann hits 6 3s, no. 4 south carolina beats clemson 66-36


clemson, s.c. — lindsey spann made six of seven 3-pointers and scored 20 points in no. 4. south carolina's 66-36 victory over clemson on thursday night.spann's outside accuracy freed up defending national champion south carolina (3-0) in the paint. a'ja wilson scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds, her third double-double in three games.clemson's 36 points were the lowest ever by a team in the rivalry's 63 games. the previous low was south carolina's 40 points in 1990.clemson (2-1) gave its fans brief hope, taking a 4-2 lead just over two minutes in, leading to a timeout by gamecocks coach dawn staley after her team had two of its first five shots blocked.but the tigers missed their next 11 shots and spann hit three 3-pointers in that span as south carolina took an 18-4 lead. clemson would






after bitter georgia loss, democrats struggle to chart a course


as battered democrats assess their loss in tuesday’s georgia house race, they are finding that the path out of the wilderness which they had hoped had been carved by voter discontent with president trump is full of tricky obstacles.the loss in georgia was bitter, after democrats, in the most expensive house race ever, invested tens of millions of dollars in a political newcomer and millennial, jon ossoff.finger-pointing was immediate. blame fell on house democratic leader nancy pelosi, on the democratic congressional campaign committee, on the cautious neophyte candidate. the complaints about muddled strategy by the party were exacerbated by the results from the special election in south carolina on the same day, a race which washington had all but ignored. the democrat there came closer t






s. carolina schools chief calls for 2 percent teacher raise


greenville, s.c. (ap) — the chief of south carolina’s public schools wants teachers to be paid more.the greenville news reports friday that superintendent of education molly spearman says she’ll ask lawmakers next year for a 2 percent raise for all teachers.spearman says she also wants a 6 percent bump for new teachers, something she said could attract more young people to a teaching career.state officials say south carolina’s average teacher pay is just under $49,000. that’s about $1,500 lower than the regional average. lawmakers in 2016 approved a 2 percent raise, which went into effect last school year.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the salaries would start in the 2018-19 school year and cost more than $54 million.___information from: the greenville news, http






candidates line up for congressional races across minnesota


st. paul, minn. — beware, minnesotans: election season is already under way for the state's eight congressional seats.normally a sleepy state thanks to its reputation as a democratic stronghold, the tides have changed as outside groups have spent tens of millions of dollars on recent minnesota races. minnesota could field four or more close congressional races in the midterm 2018 elections.and candidates are lining up fast. iraq war veteran dan feehan is the latest of five democrats to seek the 1st congressional district seat being vacated as rep. tim walz runs for governor. feehan formally launched his campaign monday.in northeastern minnesota, duluth police officer and county commissioner pete stauber is challenging democratic rep. rick nolan. it's been among the most expensive races in






googletown gives san jose great opportunity


googletown at diridon is an amazing opportunity, and san jose knows how to jump on it.  a task force will be created to build a plan with input from all affected groups.  there will be room at the table for  the business community, unions, neighborhood groups, planning commission, city council, transportation agencies, displaced residents, bike community, and urban renewal advocates. each of the 35 members will have 90 seconds to speak in four-hour weekly meetings. the plan will take five years to complete with time lines, pretty charts and lofty numbers.  it’ll be great. norman kline san josekaren handel, a republican, beat jon ossof, a democrat, in georgia’s run-off election tuesday. the only conclusion is that there must be russian interference.  quick, start an investigation.kathryn a.






9/11 memorial architect to design charleston church memorial


cbs/apjune 17, 2017, 9:07 pmdaniel flessas lays flowers in front of emanuel ame church on june 18, 2015 in charleston, south carolina. joe raedle/getty images charleston, s.c. -- the architect who designed the 9/11 memorial in new york has been chosen to create a memorial to honor the nine worshippers gunned down in a racist shooting attack on a south carolina church. the decision came saturday on the second anniversary of the massacre at emanuel ame church in charleston - a day also marked by a crowd singing "amazing grace" as they marched to the church. emanuel's bells rang nine times at the end of the "hate won't win unity walk." the walk, which organizers said was designed to bring people of all races, religions, and backgrounds to "contest hate and spread love across the world," honor






south carolina gets no. 1 seed but is moved out west


columbia, s.c. – this is one trip west that south carolina coach dawn staley believes her gamecocks should not have to make.south carolina earned its fourth consecutive no. 1 seed in the ncaa tournament on monday night, topping the regional in stockton, calif. staley said she thinks her four-time defending southeastern conference champions should've been located closer to home instead of three time zones away.no. 1 overall seed connecticut won't have to leave its home stat before the final four. the other no. 1s are notre dame, in lexington, ky., and baylor, in nearby oklahoma city."i don't know what more we can do," staley said shortly after the brackets were announced. "two years ago, we got sent to greensboro. last year, we had to take the time zone flight, over two time zones. i though






comment on the truth about why men aren’t romantic anymore by ms gribbly


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