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Large-scale location to get COVID-19 vaccine opens in Greenville on Monday

Prisma Health said it will open dedicated, high-volume community COVID-19 vaccine centers in Greenville and Columbia beginning Monday.

The two large-scale COVID-19 appointment-only vaccination sites, which currently only administer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Click on this story for all the details.

FM radio signal found coming from Jupiter moon

A spacecraft orbiting Jupiter discovered an FM radio signal from Ganymede, one of the gas giant's moons. The discovery marks the first time a signal has been detected from Ganymede.

Patrick Wiggins, a NASA Utah ambassador, cautioned it's probably not aliens, according to KDFW.

“It’s not E.T.,” Wiggins said. “It’s more of a natural function.”

The spacecraft, called Juno, was moving across a region of Jupiter were magnetic field lines can connect with the Ganymede moon. That's when Juno picked up the radio source.

Juno was sent out to study how Jupiter formed and evolved over time...

Vote on bonuses, extra paid leave for Greenville County school district employees expected Tuesday

Teachers and staff in Greenville County could soon be receiving a pay bonus, in addition to extra hours of paid time off if they need to quarantine because of COVID-19.

Greenville County School Board Trustees will vote on Tuesday on two recommendations from the administration: The extension of COVID-19 leave through August and the distribution of a bonus to all school district employees.

The COVID-19 leave extension, which will mimic the parameters of the federal FMLA leave that expired Dec. 31, will be funded through the coronavirus relief fund, the district said Friday.

Twitter follows Facebook and permanently suspends President Trump's account

After temporarily suspending President Donald Trump's account earlier this week, Twitter on Friday said it has permanently suspended his account.

Twitter said it did so because of the "risk of further incitement of violence."

The move comes as Big Tech sought to respond after Trump encouraged supporters, and a mob subsequently stormed the Capitol. Five people died.

The social media company issued the following statement:

After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence...

Snow in the Upstate? It’s possible on Friday

Snow in the Upstate? It’s possible on Friday, especially north of I-85.

Thursday night a storm system will move toward the Carolinas and snow will begin to fall in the mountains and rain in the Upstate.

As temperatures cool overnight northern sections of the Upstate could see rain change to snow Friday morning, north of I-85.

Areas along and south of I-85 will likely see rain. The rain/snow line will meander between the NC/SC state line and the I-85 corridor as the precipitation continues into the afternoon. This means the cutoff for snow and rain will be over a very short distance...

All eyes on Georgia: What you need to know about Georgia runoff and why it matters

This week will find us back in a familiar place — waiting for Georgia to count votes.

With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, all eyes are on a runoff election that has Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler facing Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Millions of dollars have poured in, Georgians have been bombarded by advertisements and messages urging them to vote, and both sides have sent their heavy hitters to help turn out voters...

Traffic detoured off I-26 in Spartanburg County after tractor-trailer hits bridge, troopers say

Interstate 26 eastbound in Spartanburg County has been shut down after a tractor-trailer struck a bridge Sunday afternoon.

Corporal Matt Southern said the vehicle struck the SC-49 bridge over I-26 near mile marker 44.

The collision happened at 4:41 p.m., Southern said.

All eastbound lanes of I-26 are closed, and traffic is being detoured off at exit 44.

Drivers can get back on the interstate at the top of the ramp by using the eastbound on-ramp, or they can make a right turn to continue on to SC-49.

Representatives from SC Department of Transportation are on scene investigating, according to Corporal Southern...

Students in Spartanburg, Greenville counties received the most vaccine religious exemptions

One out of every 30 students in Spartanburg County has a religious exemption from receiving required vaccinations to attend school.

WYFF News 4 Investigates found the 1,735 religious exemptions in the county account for 3.39 percent of the enrolled student body, according to public records requested from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Students in South Carolina can receive either a religious or medical exemption from required vaccinations. A religious exemption requires a notarized parental signature on a form available at county health departments...

'I understand the distrust': SC's state epidemiologist addresses 'skepticism' some have of COVID-19 vaccine

As the first health care facilities in the state begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, South Carolina state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell issued the following statement Wednesday:

"The road in our fight against COVID-19 has been long, and it hasn’t been easy. Many of us have already made significant sacrifices. South Carolinians have lost their loved ones to this deadly disease, others have lost their jobs and their livelihoods. We haven’t yet reached the end of this long road, but I have great hope now with the arrival of the first vaccines in our state.

McConnell congratulates Joe Biden as president-elect

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday, calling him the president-elect and saying the Electoral College “has spoken.”

The Republican leader’s statement delivered in a speech on the Senate floor ends weeks of silence over President Donald Trump’s defeat. It comes after electors met Monday and affirmed Biden’s election win.

“Many of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result,” McConnell said. “But our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on Jan. 20. The Electoral College has spoken...”

Director of National Institutes of Health stresses first vaccine doses are safe

AP - The director of the National Institutes of Health is that stressing the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being distributed this week are safe and effective and is urging Americans to put aside any skepticism so that as many people can be vaccinated as possible.

Dr. Francis Collins tells NBC that he hopes people will get past the “noise” and “conspiracy theories” about the Pfizer vaccine’s safety because approval was based on “scientific decision-making of the most vigorous sort.”

He says face masks are still going to be “a part of our life” in the coming months because it remains unknown whether a vaccinated person could spread COVID-19 to others.

But he believes the virus could be significantly stunted by June if 70% to 80% of Americans are vaccinated, the level most experts believe is needed to reach “herd immunity.”...

SC to prioritize elderly, food workers for COVID-19 vaccine

Prisoners and poultry plant workers will follow soon after front-line health care employees in South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday.

At the outset of the first phase of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, the state will focus on health care employees including physicians, medical students, speech pathologists and residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, McMaster told reporters Wednesday.

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Listen to our weekly interview with Lt Gov. Pamela Evette as she breaks down Gov. McMaster's vaccine announcment.

Water main break causes boil-water advisory in several Spartanburg neighborhoods

A water main break is causing low water pressure and a boil-water advisory for some Spartanburg Water System customers, the company said.

Crews are working to repair the water main.

Affected locations are:

•Hilltop Community    •Una Service Area    •Parts of Arcadia    •Howard Street    •Powell Mill Road    •Hayne Street

•New Cut Road    •Broadcast Drive    •Asheville Highway    •Jeff Davis Drive    •Florida Avenue    •California Avenue

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Greenville this week

The vice president of the United States will visit Greenville, then Georgia, aiming to help Republicans keep the U.S. Senate majority, according to news reports.

The NBC affiliate in Atlanta, WXIA announced on Monday evening that Mike Pence will make two major stops on Thursday - the first in Greenville and the next in Augusta, Georgia.

The first stop will allow Pence to participate in a roundtable regarding Operation Warp Speed and South Carolina's vaccination plans...

Trump lawyer and leader of his election legal team tests positive for COVID

(AP) — President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the latest in Trump’s inner circle to contract the disease that is now surging across the U.S.

Giuliani was exhibiting some symptoms and was admitted Sunday to Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The 76-year-old former New York mayor has traveled extensively to battleground states in an effort to help Trump subvert his election loss to Joe Biden. On numerous occasions he has met with officials for hours at a time without wearing a mask.

Trump, who announced Giuliani’s positive test in a Sunday afternoon tweet, wished him a speedy recovery...

Asheville PD starts new anonymous app, texting tip line

Police officers in Asheville, North Carolina, are hoping citizens will help them solve some of the violent crimes happening in the city - specifically shootings.

“Right now, our focus is on violent crime. So we are around 588 calls for service of people shot, or of gunshots," said Capt. Mike Lamb, "And we’ve had 44 people to date that have been shot or killed in gun crime.”

It’s called TIP2APD, the department’s newest tool for citizens to talk to an officer – and it’s all anonymous.

The hope is that someone who may know key information about an incident uses the new app or texts the tip line to help investigators solve more of these crimes.

The app can be downloaded through the iTunes store or Google Play by searching for 'AshevillePD.' A tipster can text information, plus send photos or videos, which is sent through a 411 program to the police station...

Town of Williamston turns on Christmas lights with special visitor

The Town of Williamston turned on their Christmas lights Saturday night, at Mineral Springs Park.

City leaders came up with a creative way for children and families to meet Santa, and share their Christmas wish lists.

Mineral Springs Christmas Park will be open nightly at 6 p.m.

The town also opened up the Deck the Halls Christmas tree exhibit, across the street at town hall. The display will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hydrant damage in Greer affecting CPW water service in some areas

Folks in one Taylors neighborhood may experience low water pressure early Wednesday after a car crash caused major damage to a fire hydrant, according to Greer Commission of Public Works.

Greer CPW will shut off water service around 8 a.m. Wednesday. Repairs may take six to eight hours, crews said. Customers will then need to boil water for one minute before drinking or cooking for the next 24 hours.

SC DOT suspends most road work for the Thanksgiving Weekend

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) prohibits lane closures on interstate highways for non-emergency highway work during the Thanksgiving Day holiday travel period. These restrictions will be in place from noon Wednesday, Nov. 25, through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

 

With continued progress due to SCDOT's Strategic 10-Year Plan to rebuild South Carolina's roads and bridges, more work zones are in place all across South Carolina...

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