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1 arrested, another sought in SC triple murder

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One man is in custody and authorities are searching for another in a triple murder in South Carolina. WCSC-TV reports Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis says deputies arrested 20-year-old Jay Quan Washington, of St. Stephen, and are searching for 28-year-old Donelle Lamar McKelvey, of Summerville. Washington has been charged with three counts of murder for the deaths of 23-year-old Martice Green, 22-year-old Desmond Williams and 19-year-old Malik Gibbs who were found in a car in a field in Pineville on Monday. All three of the victims were from St. Stephen.


2 SC teens accused of murder of man found slain in car

ELGIN, S.C. (AP) — Two teenagers are in custody accused in the fatal shooting of a South Carolina man earlier this month. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office on Friday announced the arrests of a 17-year-old boy and Albertina Hattie Jolera Bennett, 18. They each face charges of murder in the death of Thomas Keitt Jr., 55, of Elgin, The State reported. It was unknown if either is represented by an attorney who could comment on their behalf. The sheriff's office did not say whether the younger suspect would be charged as an adult.


As SC Senate education debate meanders, House takes action

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House isn't just sitting around doing nothing with education this session. House member say they're watching the Senate, which spent its week debating a bill to overhaul public education without reaching a conclusion. In the meantime, the House Education and Public Works committee passed a bill Wednesday that reduces the number of statewide standardized tests. It also requires districts to inform parents about each test and send results to teachers and home with students within a week. House leaders say they'll try to pass more smaller, targeted bills, especially if the Senate fails to pass their massive proposal.


Rising seas flood roads and force coastal SC DMV to move

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A driver's license office along the South Carolina coast is closing next month in part because increasing flooding from the sea is closing nearby streets needed for road tests. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the state Department of Motor Vehicles says it will close its Lockwood Boulevard branch in downtown Charleston near the Ashley River in mid-February. The building is in an area especially susceptible to flooding as rising sea levels cause more problems. The National Weather Service reported a downtown Charleston tidal gauge went above flood level 89 times in 2019. That shattered the record of 58 times in 2015.


Democrats struggle to build broad support on eve of voting

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — With Iowa caucus voting just over a week away, each of the Democratic Party's leading presidential candidates has glaring holes in his or her political bases. The gaps raise questions about the candidates' ability to build a coalition like the one Barack Obama built. The Democratic Party's last successful nominee relied largely on three core groups: young people, minorities and working-class whites. Polling and interviews with campaign officials suggest each of the leading Democratic candidates is showing weakness with one or more of those groups. That is concerning to Democratic officials who, above all, want to defeat President Donald Trump.


Homeowner: Airbnb guest threw party that trashed island home

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — The owner of an island home off South Carolina's coast is suing Airbnb. Scott Shaw says the company only reimbursed him for “a fraction” of damages he says recent guests caused to his Isle of Palms home. In a federal lawsuit, Shaw says they broke furniture, left holes in the wall and left walls and bedding covered with and smelling of vomit, marijuana and cigarettes. A representative of Airbnb says the company is looking into the allegations.