Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s lieutenant governor is promoting an effort to encourage residents to participate in the U.S. Census this year. Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette heads up the state’s Complete Count Commission, a collaborative effort of hundreds of governmental officials and community leaders focused on promoting census completion. In a video released Wednesday, Evette says census participation “shapes the future of programs in South Carolina.” The 90-second video features cameos from a number of notable South Carolinians. Officials including U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Grammy Award-winning musician Darius Rucker tick off ways census data helps officials determine allocations like local funding for schools and disaster response efforts.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina middle school teacher has been placed on leave after a social media post accused him of being a Nazi who helped make travel arraignments for white supremacist attending the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A Lexington County school spokeswoman says officials are investigating allegations made on Twitter against a social studies teacher at Pleasant Hill Middle School. The district didn’t name the teacher. Family lawyer Elizabeth Millender confirmed the teacher named in the Twitter thread was Tim Manning Jr. The thread accused Manning of being a Nazi who made travel plans for white nationalist rally participants. Millender and Manning’s wife denied the allegations.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina Senate has rebuked Gov. Henry McMaster for part of his coronavirus response, saying he should have gotten permission from lawmakers to continue the state of emergency for the pandemic over two months. The resolution rapping McMaster’s knuckles was the last order of business Tuesday. Every Democrat in the chamber sided with the Republican governor. None of the Republican senators directly criticized McMaster’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but hinted their constituents weren’t happy about how slowly the governor reopened businesses and beaches. While senators debated Tuesday, McMaster signed the fifth state of emergency order lasting 15 days since the pandemic started.
Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) – Republican attorneys general in 14 states are asking President Donald Trump to form a federal/state partnership to hold China accountable for the spread of coronavirus. The letter sent Wednesday calls for state and federal governments to seek legal remedies for the cost the virus has had on economies and human life. The effort is being led by the Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.