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Big Game Ads: The Best and The Worst

NEW YORK (AP) — During advertising’s biggest night, Super Bowl Sunday, marketers battled it out to bolster their brands and promote new products. Advertisers paid up to $5.6 million for 30 seconds, and almost 100 million people tune into the big game.

This year, Hyundai and Jeep scored with whimsical humor by poking fun at Boston accents and reuniting the “Groundhog Day” cast, Punxsutawney Phil included. Google struck heartstrings with a quiet message about aging and remembrance. Cheetos and Doritos both played off exaggerated dancing to good effect...

After significant debate, SC politicians cant agree to pass the Teacher Bill of Rights

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA)- We are into week 3 of the senate debate on education reform as senators pick apart the SC Career Opportunity and Access For All Act.” Early into the debate Senator Tom Davis from Beaufort introduced an amendment to include a Teacher Bill of Rights.

On Wednesday, state senators spent hours debating 2 amendments that seemed to answer the requests made by teachers.

“You had one that lays the groundwork that says ok the districts may give teachers some right then you had one that gave teachers some recourse,” explained Senator Shane Martin, who voted for both amendments...

Illegal Gun ordinance in the City of Columbia causes SC AG to file a lawsuit to get it struck down

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is suing the City of Columbia over gun laws it has adopted.

Wilson filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the South Carolina Supreme Court, asking it to strike down the gun-related ordinances that he has called illegal in the past.

“We have consistently advised for almost three decades, since 1991, that state law preempts local regulation of firearms,” Wilson said in a news release. “These ordinances clearly violate the state law that prohibits local governments from passing any gun laws or ordinances that regulate the transfer, ownership, or possession of firearms.”...

NTSB offers more details in the deadly special needs van accident in Anderson in Dec 2019

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – New details have been released in a deadly crash involving a special needs bus that happened in Dec. 2019. We previously reported the crash happened Dec. 17 on Belton Honea Path Hwy near Beeks Rd. A vehicle crossed the center line and struck an Anderson County Disability and ADA special needs bus head-on, the coroner said.

The driver of that vehicle, 53-year-old Sherri Depetrillo, was killed in the crash. One of the passengers on the bus, 34-year-old Kevin LeCroy, was also killed in the crash. The National Transportation and Safety Board released a preliminary report on Wednesday,...

Lawmakers in SC take on education reform, but some proposals face opposition

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA)- Here in South Carolina, lawmakers have spent the last two years trying to address issues with the education system.

A large education bill passed in the House last year touches on many areas that lawmakers hope will reform education, including several areas that have been filed in separate legislation.

Education is the biggest issues in the state right now and South Carolina senators are currently debating a massive education overhaul bill in the chambers. But other proposals are also on the table. One bill (S.556) gives parents a voucher to send their child to private school...

Retired NBA Superstar and former LA Laker Kobe Bryant and his 13 yr old daughter believed killed in helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, a source told The Associated Press.

A different person familiar with the case confirmed that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was killed. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the crash had not been released publicly...

Spartanburg District 7 Bus Driver on leave after taser incident

(WSPA) – A school bus driver is on administrative leave after the school district says she pulled out a taser to stop a disruption on the bus.

According to Spartanburg School District 7, the driver held up a small pink combination taser and flashlight to “address what she perceived to be a disruptive bus route.”

The district released a statement saying “we are disappointed that this driver’s decision to bring an unauthorized deterrent (in this case a taser) into the presence of students and on school property has created such a disruption for all involved.”

The driver was placed on administrative leave and the district is in the process of investigating the incident.

Today is the GOP Runoff Election for Greenville County Sheriff. Check here for your polling place as some have changed!

Greenville County is facing a crucial vote in selecting your next Sheriff. Today is the day we select our Republican Candidate to face Paul Guy in the Special Election. We need to restore the Greenville County Sheriff Office to it rightful standing as a pillar in the community, and its up to us to do it by electing the right Sheriff. So get out there and make your voice heard at the ballot box!

Click on this story to see a list of polling locations as some have changed due to schools being in session. Feel free to share this as well as many of your neighbors are not aware of the polling place changes! Lets Get The Word Out Together!

It's MLK Jr Day. Banks, Schools, and Government Offices are Closed. Here is a list of who is open or closed

(Fox Carolina) In 1983, President Ronald Reagan officially declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday, but it wasn't until 1986 that it was celebrated that way. Since then, the holiday has allowed many Americans the day off to remember the legacy of the prominent civil rights leader. But it also makes it confusing to know what stores, services and buildings are open or closed.

Well, let this be your guide before you head out the door. Here's what's open and closed on January 20, 2020...

Looking for something to do in the Upstate this weekend?

Our friends at WSPA are helping you get out and have some adventures this weekend with this handy lust. We live in such a wonderfully rich area here in the Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina. Why not get out do or see something you have not done or seen before! Here is a list with several ideas of new and fun things you can do.

There is still time to join us tonight as Hobart Lewis and AT 'Tommy' Smith take the debate stage in a GOP Runnoff race for Greenville County Sheriff

Reserve your spot for Tonights debate between Hobart Lewis and AT 'Tommy' Smith just ahead of the January 21st Runoff to see who will face Paul Guy in the race for Greenville County Sheriff. Join First Monday, 94.5 WGTK The Answer, and WYFF this Tonight at 6:45p at the Veranda @ Global Trade Park. Its your chance to hear first hand what each candidate has planned should he be elected the next Sheriff in Greenville County.

We can all agree, our county cannot afford another WIll Lewis in office. So be informed before you head to the polls. Join us for this free event, then get out and make your voice heard on election day. If you are not sure of changes to your polling place, and there Are changes to several polling locations, just check the handy list below.

Click Here to attend the debate. Subject to availability. Seats are First Come first served.

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If you ever wanted to be a Police Officer, Greenville PD is Hiring!

(WSPA) – The Greenville Police Department announced on social media that it will open positions for new officers from January 20 to January 31.

Posts on social media said the department wants those interested to know it’s a career that’s rewarding and has a little bit of everything.

The starting salary range for a new police officer is between $42,484 to $52,613.08 annually, according to the department’s website.

Applicants will need to apply online and provide 10 years of previous employent and residence, three professional references and two personal references...

We have a runoff in the Primary race to be the Republican Candidate for Greenville County Sheriff.

(WSPA) – The Republican primary for Greenville County Sheriff is headed to a runoff between the top two contenders.

No candidate received enough votes to win the race outright.

The top two candidates, Hobart Lewis and A.T. “Tommy” Smith will face off in a runoff election on January 21... (continue reading for overall results)


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The race for Greenville County Sheriff heats up as new documents on discipline and more dog the candidates.

(WSPA)- 7News is taking a closer look into the background of the candidates who want to be the next Greenville County Sheriff. 7News examined records, including employment and training histories from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and independent reports.

Records show Hobart Lewis worked at the Greer Police Deparment from 1994 to 2004 and then with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office from 2010 to 2014, when he resigned. Sean Zukowsky was hired at the Sheriffs Office in 2015 from another police department and resigned in 2019 to take a job with another agency. Robert Whatley has been with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office since 1993.

Records show Paul Guy, the sole Democrat running, was terminated by Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown in 1999 after more than a decade at the Sheriff’s Office...

GPD Chief Miller and an Interim Capt. placed on leave after SLED clears them of criminal wrongdoing

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The City of Greenville released information Thursday afternoon saying Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller and Interim Captain Jason Rampey were placed on administrative leave.

City officials said Deputy Chief Howie Thompson will be acting police chief.

On Wednesday we reported that a letter from the First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe on Dec. 17 said there was not sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Miller.

Pascoe reviewed material regarding complaints of official misconduct following a request from the 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins. This was in partnership with an investigation launched by SLED.

In the letter, Pascoe said although he and SLED are “concerned” by some of the actions revealed by the investigation, there was no criminal wrongdoing by Miller or any other parties involved in the investigation.

Large Housing Development put on hold by Clemson City Council

CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA)- After nearly three hours of debate and public comments, Clemson City Council voted 5-2 Monday to pass an amended ordinance that would put a temporary moratorium on housing developments with 200 beds or more for at least six months.

Like much of the Upstate, the city of Clemson is growing quickly. City leaders will use the time during the temporary moratorium to partner with a third party to review the city’s vision and mission as it grows...

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