Hurricane Florence: Officials refuse to evacuate inmates, detainees despite order from governor

As Hurricane Florence neared the Carolina coast, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of all zones in coastal counties. Despite the order, two correctional institutions and one jail in the evacuation zones were ordered to keep inmates and detainees in place. I broke the initial story that inmates at MacDougall and Ridgeland correctional …

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7 inmates killed during incident at SC prison

During the gang-related riot in which seven were killed at an SC prison, I was working nearby in Columbia, SC. Over the course of the day, I acted as one of the point reporters updating the main story and various side bars. Here is a collection of the stories I worked on: 7 inmates killed …

Barcelona terror attack: What we know now

Spanish officials have confirmed that 13 people are dead and as many as 100 people are injured after a van struck a crowd in what police believe is a terror attack on the busy, tourist-filled pedestrian street called Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain.  The white van drove into the popular shopping and food district Thursday afternoon, traveling 1,800 feet through the pedestrian area, according to …

Friend of Indiantown man shot by deputy: ‘He’s not the kind of guy to make trouble’

INDIANTOWN — Choruses of hymns and amens echoed from the pews of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Indiantown as James Richardson walked to his brother's casket. Feet away from the front of the small chapel, James Richardson paused and smiled at the community that joined together Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the life of his …

Providing aid to Hurricane Irma victims could be difficult after Harvey

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the anticipation of Hurricane Irma, disaster relief agencies are bracing to stretch resources thin. With the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund needing to be replenished and volunteers deployed across the country to cover the damage from two hurricanes, officials hope what they have will be enough. …

More cities require solar as prices fall and sea levels rise

South Miami officials say there is one driving factor behind new legislation that requires new construction to have rooftop solar panel systems. Climate change. After President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Mayor Philip Stoddard was left wondering what he could do for his city, which is threatened by …