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Unemployment benefits for around 14 million people expired Saturday and a partial government shutdown could begin Tuesday, depending on whether President Donald Trump signs into law a pandemic aid and general spending bill or Congress takes action to change the bill or pass another.

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Members of the Lexington town council voted Monday night 5-2, to reinstate a mask ordinance that will again require a face covering in all grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores and other retail establishments within the Town limits.

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With President-elect Joe Biden declared winner of the 2020 presidential election Saturday, leaders in the Columbia area reacted to the news, including the history-making choice of Kamala Harris as vice president-elect.

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As with many other races, the results were slow to arrive for Richland and Lexington County school board elections. As of Wednesday evening, however, the Lexington County results were complete with more than 90% of the votes counted in all the Richland County races.

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According to scvotes.gov, there were 169,573 ballots cast by residents of Richland County in Tuesday's general election. Polling stations were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with special COVID-19 safety precautions in-place.

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Election day is Nov. 3, and South Carolinians will have to decide whether to reelect US Senator Lindsey Graham for a fourth term, or if the tides have changed in the Palmetto State. Graham is opposed by Democratic Senate nominee Jaime Harrison, who entered the race in May of 2019.

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As in-person absentee voting begins Monday in South Carolina, the presidential election is getting most of the attention. However, one other federal government race and many more at state and local levels will also be on the ballot.

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Current and former South Carolinians can find out if they have any extra money lying around by visiting the State Treasurer’s Office online. In order to find out if they have any missing money, residents can search for themselves, their family and their friends on Treasurer.sc.gov for free.

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Leaders of Lexington and Richland counties gathered in West Columbia at Stone River Thursday morning to acknowledge and honor the “Midlands heroes” who have been essential workers throughout the pandemic. First responders, educators, military, and health care workers were all recognized for …

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Residents from across the state, and others who traveled from out of state, could be seen Sunday on Lake Murray showing their support for President Donald Trump.

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The City of Columbia is setting up multiple mask distribution sites for city residents who may not have access to masks. Mayor Steve Benjamin and members of the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance last week requiring masks to be worn in public places within city limits.

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Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order Friday morning, allowing bowling alleys to reopen and lifting the capacity restrictions of shoppers allowed in retail stores. In the same order, he also announced the extension of South Carolina's state of emergency.

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Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference Wednesday, announcing the latest COVID-19 update for South Carolina. The press conference began with State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell expressing her concern regarding the large amounts of COVID-19 cases within the state over the past couple weeks.

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According to scvotes.org, there were 27,909 ballots cast by residents of Richland County in Tuesday's primary. Polling stations were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with special COVID-19 safety precautions in-place.

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According to scvotes.org, there were 38,371 ballots cast by residents of Lexington County in Tuesday's primary. Polling stations were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with special COVID-19 safety precautions in-place.

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Residents of South Carolina have the opportunity to vote today (Tuesday, June 9) in the statewide primary. Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A photo ID, or voter registration card if you have no ID, is required.

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South Carolinians will have the chance to vote Tuesday in the primary election. Some have already mailed their votes through an absentee ballot, which all voters had the option to do this year due to COVID-19 adjustments. According to officials, social distancing and safety precautions will …