Officials look into South Carolina high school student death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina high school student collapsed and died in a classroom, and authorities are trying to determine why it happened. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said 16-year-old Davis Allen Cripe of Chapin died at a hospital after he collapsed at Spring Hill High School on Wednesday. Watts said an autopsy conducted Thursday did not reveal the cause of death, which means more tests will be conducted.

Struggling Gamecocks look to turn around baseball season

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- It's been a rough few weeks for South Carolina, a top-five team and favorite to reach the College World Series when the year began that now struggling to hold onto a postseason spot. The Gamecocks (24-15) have lost four straight series in the Southeastern Conference and are 6-9 since March 31.

News outlets including AP sue state House GOP Caucus

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A coalition of news outlets including The Associated Press has sued the state House Republican Caucus in South Carolina to gain access to information about an investigation into possible Statehouse corruption. The lawsuit filed Thursday asks a judge to declare that the caucus is a public body subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act, and as such, should make its records and meetings public.

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University of South Carolina gets author Ron Rash's archive

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The University of South Carolina has obtained the archives of North Carolina author Ron Rash. The school announced the acquisition Thursday. The collection consists of material on the South Carolina native's career as a poet, short story writer and novelist. It includes a number of drafts prepared before the published versions. It will be housed at the university's Ernest F. Hollings Special Collection Library.

Ex-SC firefighter sentenced for fake bomb-threat texts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A former volunteer firefighter in South Carolina has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for sending messages about a fake bomb threat to try to get his station called in the event of a real emergency. U.S. Attorney Beth Drake says 21-year-old Karry Max Taylor was sentenced Wednesday. He was also ordered to pay about $1,500 in restitution to cover law enforcement costs.

Costs up to remove Matthew debris from South Carolina coast

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) -- The costs of cleaning up South Carolina's coast after Hurricane Matthew are going up. The island Packet of Hilton Head reports ( the cost of cleaning up local waterways in Beaufort County has increased by $2.5 million. Beaufort County environmental engineering director Eric Larson says the initial estimate for the cleanup was about $4.5 million.

Man charged after shovel attack leads to skull fracture

CASSATT, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a man has been arrested on charges of assaulting another man with a shovel. The State reports ( 26-year-old Thomas Richard Johnson Jr. of Cassatt turned himself in and was charged Wednesday in connection with the attack April 15. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says in a news release that Johnson "nearly killed" the victim.

South Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ April 22 The Sun News of Myrtle Beach on a road that's been the center of a court battle: From a public perspective, lawsuits are best settled at some point in the legalities when the parties resolve their differences, agree on terms, and the court (judge) approves. Last week, the 4th U.S.

The Latest: No charges for officers who shot man 19 times

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on a prosecutor not charging officers in a South Carolina police shooting (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A prosecutor says he will not charge three police officers in South Carolina in the death of a man who was shot 19 times because he was holding a gun that fired at least one shot as he wrestled with an officer.

Senate leader: 'Horrendous' roads deal deceives taxpayers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A bill that's supposed to raise money to fix South Carolina's crumbling roadways has been turned into a hoax on taxpayers, legislative leaders said Wednesday in criticizing a bipartisan deal negotiated in the Senate. The amendment, approved late Tuesday, would cut income taxes, give college students a tuition tax credit, cut businesses' property taxes and allow South Carolinians to get a rebate for extra taxes paid at the pump.

Lawsuit: Owner of college bar assaulted student, broke teeth

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A University of South Carolina student is suing the owner of a bar he says needlessly assaulted him during a fight over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. Daniel Wells faces a criminal assault charge. But senior engineering student Ryan Chisolm's civil lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks monetary damages for the injuries he suffered last month, including a broken jaw, nose and teeth.

South Carolina officers wound suspect who shot at them

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina state police are investigating after two Columbia police officers shot and wounded a suspect who had shot and wounded a man at a gas station. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the shooting happened around noon Wednesday at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Holbrook said officers were called about someone acting erratically.

5 hurt when pickup truck, South Carolina school bus collide

GREER, S.C. (AP) -- Five people were hurt when a pickup truck and a South Carolina school bus collided. The wreck happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday near Greer. Four students were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. Greer police spokesman Jim Holcombe says the driver of the pickup truck was trapped for more than an hour before he could be taken to a hospital.

Georgia hospital opposes burn unit in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Plans to reopen a burn unit at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston are being opposed by doctors at a Georgia hospital. Doctors at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, say they don't think a South Carolina center is financially feasible, The Post and Courier of Charleston ( reported.

Inmate found dead in South Carolina county jail

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) -- Officials are investigating after an inmate was found dead in a county jail in South Carolina. Local media outlets reported that 32-year-old James Perritte of Summerville was found dead in the Berkeley County jail in Moncks Corner late Tuesday afternoon. Coroner Bill Salisbury says an autopsy is planned Thursday to try to determine how Perritte died. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

Prosecutor will not charge officers who shot man 19 times

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- Three police officers who shot a black man 19 times were cleared of charges Wednesday because the man had a gun when he was killed, a prosecutor said. Solicitor Chip Finney said photos from a body camera video shows a gun in Waltki Williams' hand and a muzzle flash from the weapon as Williams and Sumter Police officer Jeffery Hansen wrestled on the ground. Hansen is white.

Deputy fired after charges of harassing estranged wife

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- A Pickens County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested and fired for stalking and threatening his estranged wife and her boyfriend. News outlets report the Pickens County Sheriff's Office said in a police report that Deputy First Class Michael McClatchy was originally put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation but was fired after Easley police filed two counts of harassment against him Tuesday.