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As Coronavirus fears surge Sanitizer and Facemask supplies run short in stores

(Tribune Media Wire) U.S. drug stores, retailers and suppliers are racing to keep up with surging interest for cleaning products as fears over coronavirus intensify.

Demand for products like hand sanitizers, face masks and cleaning wipes has spiked, according to CVS, Walgreens and others. CVS warned it may cause supply shortages.

“This demand may cause temporary shortages at some store locations and we re-supply those stores as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson for CVS said.

Bath & Body Works, owned by L Brands, said Thursday that its hand sanitizer business was growing in the wake of coronavirus...

US Schools re-evaluating plans in anticipation of Coronavirus

(AP) – Schools across the United States are canceling trips abroad, preparing online lessons and even rethinking “perfect attendance” awards as they brace for the possibility that the new coronavirus could begin spreading in their communities.

Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S. Many are preparing for possible school closures that could stretch weeks or longer, even as they work to tamp down panic among students, parents and teachers.

The search is on for a new Greenville PD Chief

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenville city officials have posted a listing for the open police chief position.

The nationwide search for candidates comes following controversary over a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigation into Former Chief Ken Miller.

Investigators concluded there were no wrong-doing in the case, however, Miller resigned.

According to job listing, they are looking for a “seasoned law enforcement leader who is inclusive, results-oriented and can build strong community support.”

Included with the listing is a public survey that the community can also fill out to help officials find the right candidate.

Clyburn Endorses Biden

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Congressman James Clyburn officially endorsed Joe Biden in the race for the White House.

The Lowcountry Representative made the announcement during a press conference at Trident Technical College Wednesday morning.

Clyburn said he has known who he wants to back for some time, but promised the DNC and others that he would wait until after Tuesday night’s Democratic debate which happened at the Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston...

Greer PD needs your help to finding Patty Ann McAbee

GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – Greer Police need help finding a woman wanted.

Police said Patty Ann McAbee, or Patty Sizemore, is wanted for accessory before the fact to a felony, kidnapping and conspiracy.

According to the police department, she was involved in an incident back in December when one person was stabbed.

Police believe she may be in the Greenville or Spartanburg area.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Prino at (864) 968-7018.

NASA loses a Legendary "Hidden Figure", Katherine Johnson dies at 101 years old

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Katherine Johnson, a pioneering Hampton Roads and American icon featured in the movie “Hidden Figures,” has died at age 101, NASA announced Monday.

“NASA is deeply saddened by the loss of a leader from our pioneering days, and we send our deepest condolences to the family of Katherine Johnson” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement Monday morning. “Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space … we will never forget her courage and leadership and the milestones we could not have reached without her …”

Roush Fenway driver Ryan Newman released from the hospital just days after horrific crash at the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WSPA) – Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center following Monday’s crash at the Daytona 500.

Earlier Wednesday, Roush Fenway confirmed Newman was showing “great improvement” at the hospital after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Additionally, Newman had been “joking around with staff, friends and family while spending time playing with his two daughters.”...

SC awaits a Presidential visit, Trump coming to the Palmetto State ahead of the Dem primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — He’s not competing in a primary in the state, but President Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance in South Carolina just before Democrats hold their primary election there.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he would hold an event in the state next week, “probably the day before” the state’s Feb. 29 primary, and that details were still being worked out. Trump had previously said that he would likely travel to the state but would be working around a scheduled trip to India. State party officials didn’t confirm any details for a visit...

Boy Scouts of America forced to declare bankruptcy amid mounting sexual abuse charges

(AP) – Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on.

The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one of the biggest, most complex bankruptcies ever seen. Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as scouts by scoutmasters or other leaders decades ago but are only now eligible to sue because of recent changes in their states’ statute-of-limitations laws...

Ryan Newman in serious condition after wild crash in final turn of Daytona 500

(Fox News) Denny Hamlin emerged victorious at the Daytona 500 on Monday night, winning the iconic NASCAR race for a third time, but it was overshadowed by a string of frightening crashes -- including a fiery wreck that sent Ryan Newman to the hospital.

Newman flipped several times; his car ultimately crossed the finish line engulfed in flames. Fortunately, his injuries were not life-threatening, according to NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell, who read a statement from Roush Fenway Racing Monday night...

If you are Diabetic then you need to be aware of this recall

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — One person has died and a thousand others have been injured due to defective insulin pumps.

More than 300,000 insulin pumps have been recalled due to a potentially deadly malfunction.

Medical device company Medtronic is recalling its mini-med 600 series insulin pumps over incorrect dosing.

The affected devices include the 630-G model distributed between September 2016 and October 2019. This also includes the 670-G distributed between June 2017 and August 2019, according to Medtronic.

According to the FDA, the pumps may have a broken or missing retainer ring, an issue that can cause the over- or under-delivery of insulin...

You could get a free ride on Greenlink just for Valentine's Day, find out how.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenlink Transit in Greenville partnered with United Ministries to hold a canned food drive on Valentine’s Day.

Greenlink Marketing and Public Affairs Manager Nicole McAden said they were approached by United Ministries to hold a canned food drive for employees, and they decided to open it up to riders and anyone who would be willing to donate.

McAden said it’s a great way for the community to unite and for riders, who may also be clients of United Ministries, to benefit.

Riders will receive a free ride on the bus with two canned goods. Paratransit riders will get a free ride with four donated non-perishable food item donations....

Body of 6yr old Faye Swetlik found. Investigation transitions to Homicide.

(WSPA) Cayce Department of Public Safety officials confirmed that the body of missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was found Thursday.

Cayce Department of Public Safety’s Director Byron Snellgrove spoke to members of the media at around 2 p.m. Thursday. Public Safety officials address media earlier in the morning Thurday at around 10:45 a.m.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we’re announcing that we have found the body that the coroner has identified as Faye Marie Swetlik. We are now treating this case as a homicide,” Snellgrove said. “As this community has been working hard to find Faye and bring her home safely, we wanted you to know as soon as possible.”...

Dems set to bring their brand of politics to SC as we approach 2020 Dem Presidential Primary Day

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – We are still 18 days away from the SC Democratic Presidential Preference Primary, but the South Carolina Election Commission is already seeing a possible increase in voter turnout. SCEC reports a 50% increase in the number of absentee ballots issued from this time last year.

“Eyes around the world are in South Carolina,” said Chris Whitmire with SCEC.

In less than 3 weeks, SC voters will make their preference known for the Democratic presidential nominee.

“In a normal primary voters are deciding who will be the nominee in the preference primary it’s about assigning state party delegates,” Whitmire continued.

Former White House correspondent, Charles Bierbauer, piggybacked on the purpose of the preference primary...

If you are planning on dinner for Valentine's Day, avoid disaster with this Restaurant Report Card

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — Valentine’s Day is Friday and now is the time to make last-minute dinner reservations.

Before you settle on a restaurant, though, you should consider checking its last health inspection score from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC’s health inspectors grade businesses based on guidelines set forth by the state, which are in turn based on the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code...

4 NC residents under observation for possible coronavirus infection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials say four people who recently returned to Charlotte from China are being monitored for coronavirus symptoms.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department said four were being held in self-quarantine.

County Manager Dena Diorio told WRAL-TV that the four people – who have not been identified publicly – are considered “medium risk” for development of novel coronavirus, Diorio said the four were sent home for a voluntary, 14-day self-quarantine...

Pelosi continues the same old song as Trump takes his Victory Lap

(Fox News) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired back at President Trump on Thursday morning as the two political titans clashed the morning after the president’s historic acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial.

"You’re impeached forever, you are never getting rid of that scar,” Pelosi declared at a press conference, even as Trump is effectively on a series of victory laps.

She pointedly lashed out at Trump over claims in his State of the Union address that he inherited failed economic policies from former President Barack Obama and reversed them to bring about a blue-collar boom...

Trump Acquitted despite Mitt Romney breaking ranks and voting guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House.

A majority of senators expressed unease with Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But the final tallies — 52-48 favoring acquittal of abuse of power, 53-47 of obstruction of Congress’ investigation — fell far short. Two-thirds “guilty” votes would have been needed to reach the Constitution’s bar of high crimes and misdemeanors to convict and remove Trump from office.

The outcome Wednesday followed months of remarkable impeachment proceedings, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House to Mitch McConnell’s Senate, reflecting the nation’s unrelenting partisan divide three years into the Trump presidency...

Potential for Severe Flooding in the Upstate as we expect as much as 5 inches of rain

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Storm Team 7 has been tracking potential severe weather that could start moving into the area throughout the day Wednesday.

Carolinas’ Chief Meteorologist Christy Henderson said showers with isolated thunderstorms will start Wednesday.

Rain will increase area wide by Wednesday night and thunderstorms will continue increasing by early Thursday....

Systems issues delay Iowa Caucus results yet several candidates still declare victory

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party said Monday night that results from the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus were delayed due to “quality checks” and new reporting rules, an embarrassing complication that added a new layer of doubt to an already uncertain presidential primary season.

The statement came as Iowa voters packed caucus sites across the state with at least four leading candidates battling to win the opening contest of the 2020 campaign, and ultimately, the opportunity to take on President Donald Trump this fall...

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