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Amanda C. Coyne

Hyperlocal digital reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Amanda is a hyperlocal digital reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She previously covered business, technology, startups and politics for The Greenville News. Her coverage of South Carolina's presidential primary has appeared in USA Today and was cited as among the best in the state by the Washington Post's politics blog The Fix. Amanda also occasionally writes about pageantry for

Amanda earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in women's and gender studies from the University of South Carolina in 2015. During her time at USC, she was editor-in-chief of the Daily Gamecock and copy chief of Garnet and Black. She was honored as a McKissick Scholar and Capstone Scholars Fellow and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa.

Amanda's freelance work includes, the Free Times and the Charleston City Paper. She has also spoken on panels at journalism and technology conferences.

Contact Amanda at [email protected]

Gwinnett teachers charged with sex assaults passed background checks

In the past month, four teachers at Gwinnett County schools have been accused of sexually assaulting students. Allegations in police reports and warrants include molestation, groping, rape and a two-and-a-half year sexual relationship. The question looming as the end of the school year nears: Could anything have been done to prevent this?

Cop: Gwinnett woman was moving out when boyfriend stabbed her 33 times

Vera Tulbure was moving out of the Suwanee home she shared with Jesse Bodie on Aug. 7. She was stabbed 33 times over "almost her entire body" and left to die in a pool of her own blood in her master bedroom, Det. Michael Haywood said in a Friday afternoon hearing.

13 dancers leaving Atlanta Ballet after first year with new director

Fourteen months after Gennadi Nedvigin took the helm as artistic director of the Atlanta Ballet, 13 dancers are set to depart. That's nearly half of the 23 company members and five apprentices. Two apprentices and six company members have not been "reengaged" - offered a new contract -for the 2017-18 season, Atlanta Ballet said.

The Greenville News
Reports: Gowdy was in the running for U.S. attorney general, Sessions chosen

Twenty years ago, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy was a federal prosecutor sharing a desk in a windowless basement office. Until Friday morning, he was under consideration to be the U.S. attorney general. Gowdy, who currently represents most of Greenville and Spartanburg counties in the U.S.

The Daily Gamecock
50 years later: USC community reflects on anniversary of desegregation

On Sept. 11, 1963, there were no riots. There were no federal marshals. There was no fight from the state government. Three new African-American students walked down the steps of the Osborne Administration Building, the first to do so since Reconstruction.

Cop: Before shooting wife, man warned: 'It's over. You'll see later.'

In the minutes before Erica Powell was shot in the head, her husband, Walter Lowe, sat in his car in the couple's Snellville driveway and drank a beer, a Gwinnett County police officer said. Lowe is being held without bond, charged with Powell's July 20 murder.

6 Former Miss Americas on ~What Happens Next~

Every year at Miss America, the outgoing queen is seen only once or twice during the show: she chats with the host about her year's work, takes her final walk, and places the crown on the next titleholder, helping her during the winner's requisite ugly cry. And then she's done!

Trump takes victory lap, hits Bush at S.C. rally

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump celebrated his New Hampshire primary election win and set his focus on South Carolina in a campaign rally at Clemson University on Wednesday night. The rally was part victory lap, part stump speech and part get-out-the-vote effort.

The Only Miss America Drinking Game You'll Ever Need

Some pageant gowns are elegant, glamorous dresses worthy of the red carpet. Others look more like a drag queen's fever dream. Take a drink if there are shoulder pads, ombré ruffles, an ostentatious fishtail train, or butt cape, or if there are sequins. (But only if there are a lot).

The Greenville News
Haley's opportunity as UN ambassador could shake up governor's race

Gov. Nikki Haley announced Wednesday morning that she had accepted the opportunity to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from President-elect Donald Trump. Haley will continue to serve as governor until she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Lt. Gov.

Gwinnett architect sues, claims One World Trade Center design was his

A Gwinnett County architect says the design for One World Trade Center was stolen from his 1999 master's thesis, according to a federal lawsuit filed this week. Jeehoon Park, principal of Qube Architecture in Suwanee, claims another architecture firm, a construction company and entities controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey violated his copyright on a design in the creation of the highly recognizable building.

Son kept in basement for 18 months testifies as Wimbush trial begins

Recardo and Therian Wimbush's trial for child abuse and false imprisonment began Tuesday. The former Georgia Tech football star and his wife cross-examined the son they are accused of keeping in a darkened basement for 18 months. Recardo Wimbush and his wife Therian Wimbush are defending themselves against charges of child abuse and false imprisonment.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This Decatur restaurant's trout is a trophy dish

Sometimes you need dinner to make you feel like a bear that has just snatched a fish leaping in midair. Satisfy your animal desires with whole-roasted trout from Cakes & Ale in Decatur.

The Greenville News
Clemson programs help female, minority STEM students succeed

As a black woman studying industrial engineering, Clemson University senior Kwasa Heath frequently finds herself the only female or African American in the classroom or the workplace. "Even at AFL, I'm surrounded by men. All of my coworkers are men.

The Greenville News
Nikki Haley appointment to Donald Trump cabinet would impact state

The appointment of Gov. Nikki Haley or another South Carolina politician to President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet could have a serious impact on the state. Haley met Thursday with Trump in New York. The governor's office did not say what the pair discussed, but Lt. Gov.

Many metro Atlantans confused whether they can vote in 6th District

Elections boards around metro Atlanta have been slammed with calls for the past few weeks from voters who are confused about whether they can vote in the 6th congressional district. For all Gwinnett County callers with that question, the answer is always the same: No.

The Greenville News
Campaigning with President George W. Bush could help brother Jeb

President George W. Bush will make his long-awaited debut on the campaign trail with his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, on Monday. The former commander-in-chief will appear with his presidential candidate brother at a rally in North Charleston, a campaign official confirmed.

Gwinnett child sex sting was largest in GBI task force's history

Operation Spring Cleaning was a sobering reminder that child sex trafficking "isn't just an inner city problem, isn't just a lower socioeconomic class problem," but one that persists in suburban metro Atlanta areas like Gwinnett County, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Tracie Cason told a crowd Wednesday. Cason joined state Sen.

The Greenville News
South Carolina stepping up election security

The technology and organization of elections in South Carolina make it highly unlikely and extremely difficult for the results in the Palmetto State to be "rigged," S.C. State Election Commission officials said Tuesday. The Nov.

The Greenville News
First-time buyers face competitive real estate market

James and Nicole McAden felt well-prepared when they began house hunting in October. The first-time home buyers had saved enough money for a down payment and had no debt, avoiding two of the most common obstacles to homeownership as identified by a recent TD Bank survey.

Lawsuits: Gwinnett Wendy's manager grabbed crotches, flashed workers

Two former Gwinnett Wendy's employees are suing the restaurant's franchisee, claiming a manager groped them, showed his naked body to employees and threatened to have Mexican employees deported. Civil suits were filed last week by a Norcross man and a Duluth man against Hoover Foods, Inc., a Suwanee-based Wendy's franchisee.

Actual Factual: Why are there no strip clubs in Gwinnett County?

This is "Actual Factual Gwinnett," a regular column in which I, Amanda Coyne, answer reader questions about Gwinnett happenings and history. Enjoy! I have a confession. This wasn't a reader question. It was mine. When a colleague mentioned a story involving an arrest at a DeKalb County strip club, I wondered aloud, "Why doesn't that happen in Gwinnett?"

Wimbushes question children in case of siblings' alleged abuse

Through closed-circuit television, former Georgia Tech football player Recardo Wimbush asked seven of his 10 children how school was going. Therian Wimbush asked each child if they still played with Legos and if they were continuing with their favorite hobbies - knitting, running, watching "My Little Pony."

The Greenville News
4th Congressional race is a contrast in candidates

Buy Photo Congressman Trey Gowdy speaks with Jack Couch, who has been working at Tommy's Country Ham House for 18 years, as he campaigns in Greenville on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. (Photo: LAUREN PETRACCA/Staff) Buy Photo Congressman Trey Gowdy speaks with Clair Ray and her daughter, Quinn, 2, while they shop at Vaughn-Russell Candy Kitchen as he campaigns in Greenville on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

The Greenville News
Haley has signing ceremony for 20-week abortion ban in Taylors

Gov. Nikki Haley held a ceremonial signing ceremony for a recently-passed law that would ban abortions at 20 weeks, which bill sponsor Rep. Wendy Nanney said was just the first step in the effort to chip away and eventually overturn abortion rights in South Carolina.

The Greenville News
Trump claims victory to roaring Spartanburg crowd

A crowd of more than 1,000 roared with glee at the Spartanburg Mariott when Donald Trump was projected as the South Carolina Republican primary winner only 40 minutes after the polls closed Saturday. In his victory speech, Trump distilled the South Carolina campaign experience into a few brief sentences: "It's tough.

The Greenville News
Swamp Rabbit Trail helps Travelers Rest businesses boom

It's a warm Saturday afternoon in Travelers Rest and Main Street is humming with activity. People walk down sidewalks, share meals on patios and drink cold beer on a shaded porch. Bike racks are full as cyclists arrive in the small town north of Greenville on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

The Greenville News
Recharge, dine, shop has a new meaning in downtown

Charlie Newton had passed signs for Greenville countless times driving from Atlanta to a family home near Asheville over the years. It wasn't until he got a Tesla that he pulled off the interstate. The Richardson Street garage in downtown Greenville has a Chademo quick charger that is easily fitted with an adapter for Tesla vehicles.

The Greenville News
Write-in candidate running to block first openly gay SC legislator

Greenville engineer Brett Brocato is mounting a write-in campaign for S.C. House of Representatives District 22 in order to prevent Republican Jason Elliott from becoming the first openly gay legislator in South Carolina. A campaign flyer posted to Brocato's Facebook page says that Elliott is "uniquely unqualified to defend the family" because he is gay and because he is a divorce attorney.

The Greenville News
Poll: Trump leads Clinton by 2 points in SC

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by only two points in South Carolina, according to a poll released by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The poll was commissioned by the South Carolina Democratic Party. Trump leads Clinton with 41 percent.

The Greenville News
Council exploring development options at County Square

Sitting on more than 28 acres of some of downtown Greenville's most in-demand real estate is a drab, squat government office building. Greenville County Council could change that. A newly-assembled committee is examining the future of County Square, the county government's headquarters on University Ridge that's less than a mile from Fluor FIeld and Falls Park, and less than two miles from the heart of Greenville's downtown.

The Greenville News
Transgender bathroom bill could be bad for business in SC

A bill filed in the South Carolina Senate that would restrict transgender people's access to restrooms and changing rooms could bring business problems that have plagued other states that have enacted similar legislation, experts say. Senate Bill 1203, filed by Sen.

The Greenville News
Clemson ICAR reveals Deep Orange 6 Toyota prototype

Every class of automotive engineering graduate students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research has a common task: Design and build a working vehicle prototype by graduation. Monday evening, the latest product of that challenge was revealed for the first time in Greenville.

The Greenville News
Without strong showing, SC could be end of line for Bush

Faced with poll numbers that have him in fourth place, Jeb Bush came out swinging against GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump at Saturday night's debate in Greenville. Bush needed to change strategies if he is to vault to at least second place in South Carolina's primary and get out of the Palmetto State alive, some experts say.

The Greenville News
Here's why Greenville has a growing role in the Southeast's tech scene

Ask entrepreneurs why they move to and stay in Greenville, and you'll likely get a variation on the same answer: The community. Greenville is not as large as Atlanta or North Carolina's Research Triangle, nor has it had a significantly sized tech and startup community for as long, but the community is tight-knit, wrapped around twin pillars NEXT and the Iron Yard, both of which support and develop startups at different stages.

The Greenville News
United Community Bank moving Greenville HQ to One building

Four years ago, United Community Bank had no employees in Greenville. Now, between corporate offices and retail banks, there are 344. Forty-five of those employees, including Chief Operating Officer Lynn Harton, are moving to a new office space in the One building on North Main Street, with room to add 30 more employees.

The Greenville News
Gibson has not attended county council meetings in 2016, since stroke

Longtime Greenville County Councilwoman Lottie Gibson has not attended a County Council meeting or committee meeting in 2016 since suffering a stroke in early January, according to a Greenville County spokesman. There are no county policies regarding council members' attendance. Gibson filed for re-election and is facing four opponents in the June 14 Democratic primary for County Council District 25.

The Greenville News
Upstate senate seat changes could be good for beer industry

A change in legislators in one Greenville Senate district could be good news for South Carolina brewers and craft beverage makers. Sen. Mike Fair was a "consistent 'no' vote" on alcohol-related legislation, said craft beverage lawyer Brook Bristow. Fair said he opposed legislation that would make it easier to sell alcohol because it may lead to an increased incidence of drunken driving.

The Greenville News
Greenville real estate moving at 'crazy' pace

When Shannon Quattlebaum and her husband put their Taylors home on the market last month, they thought it would take a few weeks to find a buyer. They planned to go away for the weekend and have their realtor hold a Sunday open house after listing the home on a Friday morning.

The Greenville News
Venture capital not out of reach for Southern start-ups

CHARLESTON - For young companies, money is fuel. When those companies get investments from venture capital and angel investments, it could be a rocket to success. Many of the firms providing that investment are concentrated in Silicon Valley and the Northeast, leaving startups in the Southeast to duke it out for funds from a smaller number of groups in regional hubs like Atlanta and Charlotte, as well as growing markets like Charleston and Chattanooga.

The Greenville News
Debate's boos, cheers reflect SC's political heritage

Before Saturday night's Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Rep. Mark Sanford predicted there would be "some sharp elbows." What he and others probably didn't count on is some of those sharp elbows coming from the audience.

The Greenville News
Chinese exploring investment in Upstate automotive manufacturing

A delegation from the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce, including the chamber president, visited BMW, Clemson University's ICAR and electroplating company Roy Metal Fabrication on Friday. It was a step toward Chinese investment in the Upstate's growing automotive industry, said Richard Yang, the chamber's president.

The Greenville News
Swamp Rabbits hope new name attracts fans

It was double overtime at a Greenville Road Warriors game last year, and the atmosphere was "electric," said sports marketing expert Delancy Bennett. "There was only one thing missing" at the minor league hockey game in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Bennett said: "More fans."

The Greenville News
Women Who Code looks to empower female programmers

About two dozen women sat around tables at downtown coworking space OpenWorks for Greenville's inaugural Women Who Code meeting earlier this month. The group is the latest in a network of more than 60 worldwide, from Silicon Valley to Kuala Lumpur, designed to bring women in the computer science industry together for networking and education.

The Greenville News
SC Democratic superdelegate, former O'Malley chair endorses Clinton

Two days after telling the Associated Press he could vote for a Republican in 2016, Democratic superdelegate and former state Rep. Boyd Brown has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president. Brown was a state co-chair for former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign before O'Malley ended his White House bid on Monday night.

The Greenville News
Bush brings out family, jabs on Rubio and Cruz, in town hall

It was a mini-Bush family reunion on the stage at the Kroc Center early Friday afternoon. Presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush brought his wife, son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, nephews and his mother, Barbara Bush, possibly the most beloved member of the family, to one of his last town hall meetings in South Carolina before voters go to the polls Saturday.

The Greenville News
Rubio brings out Haley, Scott, Gowdy and more in Upstate stops

Sen. Marco Rubio brought out a full bench of high-profile South Carolina supporters to his stops in the Upstate on Thursday, including Gov. Nikki Haley, whose coveted endorsement he announced in Chapin on Wednesday evening, in the home stretch of the Republican presidential primary campaign. Rubio's arsenal at a Greenville stop included Rep.

The Greenville News
Iron Yard's growth fueled by tapping a need

Greenville-based programming school The Iron Yard was created to train the technology professionals needed to support start-ups and small businesses in the Upstate. The company tapped a need that in just three years has turned it into an international operation.

The Greenville News
Fresh Market location expands specialty grocery market

Shoppers will get another upscale grocer option along Woodruff Road when the Fresh Market opens its second Greenville location on Wednesday. The store joins two fresh and organic heavy hitters - Whole Foods and Trader Joe's - along two miles of the major retail corridor.

The Greenville News
No debate ticket lottery; seats going to GOP faithful

A "huge majority" of the South Carolina Republican Party's tickets for this weekend's presidential debate have been given to county chairs, party activists and elected officials, SCGOP Executive Director Hope Walker said. The party will no longer distribute tickets through a lottery system, as it had originally planned, citing limited space at the Peace Center.

In S.C. campaign stop, Bill Clinton paints Hillary as 'changemaker'

Bill Clinton speaks during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton on Feb. 16, 2016, at the West End Community Development Center in Greenville, S.C. (Photo: Paul Sancya, AP) GREENVILLE, S.C. - A diverse crowd of hundreds packed the West End Community Development Center to see former president Bill Clinton stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in his first visit to Greenville in 2016.

The Greenville News
Haley to hit General Assembly campaign trail

Gov. Nikki Haley will be hitting the campaign trail for General Assembly candidates soon, but when and for whom is still unclear. In an address at the South Carolina Republican Convention, Haley cited her own victory over a 30-year incumbent Republican legislator in the 2004 primary as evidence that Republican majorities are not enough to be satisfied with.

The Greenville News
Thornblade, Pelham area residents worried about crematorium

Plans for a crematorium on Pelham Road have Thornblade and Pelham Road-area residents worried about possible health effects from emissions. They voiced their concerns about the emissions, and mercury in particular, to Greenville County Councilman Jim Burns on Friday morning at the Thornblade Club, the center of the upscale Greer community.

Sanders kicks off final push in South Carolina

Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally Feb. 21, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (Photo: John Bazemore, AP) GREENVILLE, S.C. - Sen. Bernie Sanders drew a loud crowd of more than 5,200 to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Sunday evening, fresh off of his loss to Hillary Clinton in the Nevada Democratic caucus.

The Greenville News
Millennials looking for 'people and purpose' at work

Millennial workers want to work for "holistic" companies with supportive and flexible work environments, according to experts and employers. The millennial generation, defined by the Pew Research Center as people born between 1980 and 1995, will make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020 and is an even larger group than the baby boomers of the mid-20th century.

The Greenville News
Charleston startup GoodDoneGreat wins DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch

CHARLESTON - DIG SOUTH brought business pitches out of the board room and onto the stage at the Gaillard Center for its Wild Pitch on Tuesday afternoon. Entrepreneurs from across the Southeast presented their businesses, from vending machine technology to accounting software, to a three-person panel of investors and a ballroom full of potential investors, fellow startup founders and technology professionals at one of the Charleston conference's marquee events.

The Greenville News
At DIG South, women tech leaders share how to break glass ceilings

CHARLESTON - In a field that's 75 percent male, women in the tech industry have to push past stereotypes and internal worries, panelists said at Charleston's DIG SOUTH Interactive Festival. While women are underrepresented in technology fields, there are concerted efforts to get more involved and keep them around, including in Greenville, where a chapter of Women Who Code has been active since October 2015.

The Greenville News
SC Republicans criticize Trump for anti-Muslim comments

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to block Muslims from entering the U.S. ignited a firestorm of criticism Tuesday among South Carolina Republican voters and party leaders. Gov. Nikki Haley called Trump's proposal "an embarrassment to the Republican Party" when asked at a news conference Tuesday, according to The State.

The Greenville News
Pageant business booming in Greenville

Greenville has become a one-stop shop for pageant queens with their eye on a state or national title. From Miss Greenville County to Miss California, titleholders from near and far come to Greenville for the headshots, gowns and coaching they think will give them the edge come competition time.

The Greenville News
Three challenging Bright in Senate District 12 primary

Three Upstate Republicans want to unseat two-term state Sen. Lee Bright in the June 14 election. Businessman David McCraw, Duncan Mayor Lisa C. Scott and former state Rep. Scott Talley all cited Bright as one of the motivations for their campaigns for the Senate District 12 seat.

The Greenville News
WYNIT COO reveals why company chose downtown Greenville

WYNIT Distribution is making the move from North Syracuse, New York to Greenville's One building because the Upstate is "the best location for us to grow," said chief operating officer Pete Richichi. The technology distribution company began looking at potential relocation opportunities in the Syracuse area, Greenville, and the Minneapolis, Minnesota area about 18 months ago, and on Thursday announced that its headquarters would move to Greenville's downtown.

The Greenville News
Proterra could add second Greenville manufacturing line

Proterra's Catalyst XR electric bus broke its own record for miles traveled on one battery charge, going 258 miles at Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds. That's nearly double the average American bus route - good news for Proterra, which is set to double the number of cities in which its battery-powered buses operate.

The Greenville News
Greenville restaurants do the cooking for Thanksgiving

You don't have to risk getting covered in turkey guts or chopping a finger off along with the carrots. Greenville restaurants have you covered for Thanksgiving. Whether you want to fool your family with a perfectly cooked, restaurant catered meal or eat out and avoid cooking and cleaning altogether, you still have options to choose from.

The Greenville News
Want to be your own boss in Greenville? Here are 3 routes

As people increasingly want to start their own companies instead of working for one, there are more routes for potential entrepreneurs to hone their business skills and turn their ideas into reality. Traditional methods have adapted to new trends; Clemson University now has a master's of business administration program with a focus on entrepreneurship, with part-time and full-time options in downtown Greenville.

The Greenville News
Tax-free event hits S.C. this weekend

Shoppers are expected to pack stores this weekend for South Carolina's second largest retail event of the year. The state's tax-free weekend is the busiest annual shopping event after Black Friday, according to South Carolina Department of Revenue Director Rick Reames.

The Greenville News
Report: SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore suggested as future RNC head

South Carolina Republican Party Chariman Matt Moore has been approached by members of the Republican National Committee about running for the committee's chairmanship, he told The Hill. Moore, 33, is in his second term as SCGOP chairman, and served as the party's executive director in 2011 and 2012.

9 Amazing Miss America Moments You Didn't See on TV

I've loved Miss America since I saw it for the first time as a 4-year-old and fought with my friend Caitlin over who would be that year's Miss New York, our hometown state titleholder. (FYI it was me, obviously; I had the walk to back it up).

The Greenville News
Study: SC one of the worst states for working moms

South Carolina is one of the worst states in the country for working moms, ahead of only Alabama and Nevada, a new WalletHub analysis says. The personal finance site used factors including child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance to calculate where each state landed on the list. South Carolina, ranked No.

The Greenville News
Greenville man developing tool-sharing app

The seed for mobile app HeyNeighbor was planted when Kristian Pflieger needed to get a tree branch off his roof. He needed a 16-foot ladder to reach the branch, which had fallen during a storm. He didn't have a ladder.

The Greenville News
JTEKT locating North American operational HQ at ICAR

Automotive parts and engineering company JTEKT announced Monday that it would establish its North American operational headquarters at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) with a $1.75 million investment and 27 professional jobs. JTEKT was a founding partner and anchor tenant at CU-ICAR, which launched more than a decade ago.

The Greenville News
Businessman, philanthropist Jim Pearce dies at 93, leaves legacy of giving

Jim Pearce, a Greenville businessman and philanthropist, died Nov. 1. (Photo: University of South Carolina) Greenville businessman Jim Pearce wanted his love of giving to outlast his life. Endowments he and his wife Ellis "Kit" Pearce established at the Greenville Community Foundation and the University of South Carolina will do just that.

The Greenville News
Graham wants to bring foreign policy center stage

Lindsey Graham wants to bring the conversation about foreign policy to the main stage in a presidential primary contest he says has been taken over by brash real estate mogul and reality star Donald Trump. Graham, South Carolina's senior senator, said Trump's behavior is having a negative impact on the Republican primary campaign, speaking after a Monday afternoon town hall at the Kroc Center.

The Greenville News
Huckabee: Cybersecurity, energy key to national security

Cyberspace "may well be the most important battlefield that we will win or lose on," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said at a forum hosted by Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security on Friday. The Republican presidential candidate questioned why American-held companies like Facebook and Twitter would allow members of the extremist group ISIS to use their social networks to recruit American fighters.

The State
On the road to Miss South Carolina

The lobby at the Embassy Suites hotel on Greystone Boulevard smells slightly of hairspray. The entryway bustles with more than 100 well-groomed young women with one thing in common: they want to be Miss South Carolina or Miss South Carolina Teen.

The Greenville News
GSP streamlining TSA checkpoint

Travelers will be able to go through a streamlined security checkpoint at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport starting this week. The two existing checkpoints, segregated by concourse destination and airline, will be combined over the course of three days, signaling a slow wind down of the airport's renovation project that's been ongoing since 2012.

The Post and Courier
South Carolina beach water gets poor quality ranking, report says

South Carolina's beach waters are among the nation's least clean, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council's annual report on beach water quality. The Palmetto State ranks 24th among the 30 coastal and Great Lakes states.

The Greenville News
Clemson student confident in quest for Miss America

When Daja Dial stepped on the Miss America stage in her turquoise bikini Tuesday night, her first priority was to have fun. "I'm one of those people that I just try to enjoy it all," Dial said "It's all in your mind. You make things difficult for yourself.

The Greenville News
Investment gives Iron Yard 'shot in the arm' for growth

Greenville-based coding school The Iron Yard has gotten a "significant shot in the arm to continue growth" from a partnership with Apollo Education Group as a strategic investor. Apollo Education Group owns for-profit educational institutions across the globe, including the University of Phoenix, Open Colleges in Australia and Universidad Latinoamericana in Mexico.

The Greenville News
Uber staying in SC after Haley signs regulatory law

Uber is here to stay in South Carolina because of legislation signed by Gov. Nikki Haley to regulate the ride-sharing company and others like it. Uber is a transportation service that partners with local drivers to provide rides on demand from riders' smartphones.

The Greenville News
Dodge high textbook prices with these tips

I learned the hard way that you should never, ever buy college textbooks from the campus bookstore. The $500 price tag for my first semester's books hit my minumum-wage pockets like a punch in the gut. I vowed to flex my bargain-hunting muscles and never pay full price for a book again.

The Greenville News
What you need to know about the same-sex marriage decision

Ivy Hill breathed a sigh of relief Friday morning when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage in all 50 states. Hill and Misha Gibson, both of Piedmont, will marry in October. The Supreme Court ruling means that their union now will be legally recognized not only in South Carolina but across the country.

Free Times
Baseball vote delayed — will council come together?

A second and final vote on the Bull Street baseball stadium project was pushed from the March 18 Columbia City Council agenda in favor of a discussion on “civil and respectful dialogue.” But Councilwomen Leona Plaugh and Tameika Isaac Devine hope to use this extra time to address lingering concerns about the project.

The Greenville News
New poll shows big lead for Trump in SC

When Donald Trump visits Greenville Thursday, he'll arrive as the runaway favorite to win South Carolina's Republican presidential preference primary, according to a poll out Tuesday. The Monmouth University Poll found the New York billionaire as the top pick of 30 percent of South Carolinians likely to vote in the Feb.

The Daily Gamecock
Pastides calls for tuition freeze

University President Harris Pastides called for a three-year tuition freeze in exchange for increased, "fair" funding from the state Wednesday morning at his annual State of the University address.

The Greenville News
Confederate flag sales could defy retailers' unstocking

Major retailers have begun pulling Confederate-themed merchandise from their shelves and sites in the wake of last week's shooting in a historic black church in Charleston that left nine people dead. But a Clemson University economist said the halt of Confederate flag and memorabilia sales by companies including Walmart, Amazon and eBay may actually boost sales elsewhere.

The Postand Courier
Tuskegee Airman with Lowcountry ties dies at 92

Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, one of the 992 black pilots that served during World War II and became known as the Tuskegee Airmen, lived long enough to see history honor their service and racial prejudice overturned in the military.

The Daily Gamecock
Russell House, 60 years old, older than other SEC student unions

The Russell House University Union opened in September 1955. But as enrollment at USC continues to rise, so does foot traffic and the demand for meeting space in the building that has served as the university's center for nearly 60 years.

Free Times
Superintendent of Education Race Flies Under the Radar

All three candidates for South Carolina's superintendent of education are cautiously optimistic with less than two weeks left in the campaign. Republican Molly Spearman, Democrat Tom Thompson and American Party candidate Ed Murray have spent weeks crisscrossing the state trying to drum up votes - and excitement - for a race that is not on many voters' radar.

The Daily Gamecock
Tobacco ban to be peer enforced

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31 and the new year begins, nobody will be able to light up, dip or vape on USC property.

The Greenville News
Literary Association uses Amazon for year-round sales

The Greenville Literary Association is using Amazon to keep its book sales going all year long. The local non-profit is using the online retailer to bring in revenue all year, selling many books that may not be top picks at its annual book sale.

The Daily Gamecock
Director of bands accepts new position

Three years ago, when Rebecca Phillips took the helm of the Mighty Sound of the Southeast, the band's sound wasn't all that mighty.

The Greenville News
Iron Yard part of White House initiative for minorities in tech

More than 100 full and partial scholarships to Greenville-based coding school The Iron Yard will be provided to minority students as part of an entrepreneurship initiative from the White House and Atlanta-based entrepreneurship school and incubator Opportunity Hub.

The Greenville News
Parking app ParkWhiz coming to Greenville

Parking can soon be found in Greenville with the tap of an app. ParkWhiz, an on-demand parking app used in more than 150 cities in the U.S., has launched in South Carolina. The app has partnered with Lanier Parking Solutions, an Atlanta-based company that manages parking lots and garages across the country.

The Daily Gamecock
Students manage classes, crown

Numerous women, from first-years to law students, hold titles that will send them to the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina USA pageants in the coming months.

The Greenville News
Belk to be sold to private equity firm for $3 billion

Family-owned department store chain Belk will be acquired by a New York private equity firm for an estimated $3 billion, the company announced in a release Monday. Sycamore Partners will purchase the Charlotte-based company, but leave its headquarters and CEO Tim Belk in place.

The Greenville News
Loggerhead Apparel opens Simpsonville retail store

Loggerhead Apparel is opening its first retail store after six years of wholesale and online sales of its American-made clothing. The store on Simpsonville's North Main Street officially opened on Thursday, after a Wednesday preview for the comapny's friends and family. Customers can peruse Loggerhead's full line of products, including polo shirts, tees and accessories.

The Daily Gamecock
Lindsay Richardson: "I'm more of an ideas person"

If Lindsay Richardson had followed her plans from senior year in high school, she wouldn't be running for student body president right now. She wouldn't be involved in Student Government. She wouldn't even be at USC.

The Daily Gamecock
Higher education absent from Haley's State of the State

While Gov. Nikki Haley touted big plans for K-12 education across the state, South Carolina's public colleges and universities went unmentioned in her 2014 State of the State address Wednesday night.

The Greenville News
Retailers selling out Clemson rain gear ahead of game

It's the perfect storm for Clemson-branded retailers: the biggest game of the Tigers' season, a forecast of historic rainfall and College Gameday's broadcast from Bowman Field. Stores in Clemson and Greenville selling orange and purple raincoats, ponchos and other stay-dry gear have seen high traffic in the days leading up to the Tigers' game against No.

Free Times
City Gives Initial Approval to Minor-League Baseball Stadium

The much-discussed, much-disputed Bull Street baseball stadium and multi-use performance venue cleared its first hurdle Tuesday as Columbia City Council approved a licensing agreement between the city and Hardball Capital with a 4 to 3 vote.

Free Times
Stadium Proposal Passes First Hurdle, But Questions Remain

The first hurdle has been cleared in the path to build a baseball stadium on the Bull Street campus, but not without its share of questions raised. Chief among them is whether stadium costs will crowd out other city priorities and whether a 2015 timeline is too aggressive.

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