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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Tuesday
Jul292014

South Carolina Lottery Announces Panthers-Themed Instant Tickets

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina Education Lottery announced on Tuesday it would once again sell Carolina Panthers instant tickets ahead of the start of the National Football League season.

"For the third straight year we are thrilled to be marking the start of the football season with the Panthers," said Paula Harper Bethea, Executive Director of the state lottery.

The tickets go on sale Tuesday, will cost $5 and will feature a higher top prize than previous Panthers-themed tickets, offering jackpots of up to $150,000.

Sales of the game will go to benefit education in South Carolina, the lottery said.

The odds of winning the $150,000 top prize are one in 540,000.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

State Tax-Free Weekend Begins Aug. 1 

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- State revenue officials are reminding residents that South Carolina's tax-free weekend is coming up this weekend.

Beginning 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 1, sales of clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers and select home accessories will be exempt from the six percent state sales tax.

The exemption does not apply to jewelry, cosmetics, furniture, or clothing and footwear rentals, according to state officials.

The holiday ends midnight Aug. 3.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Six Killed on SC Roads Last Weekend

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Six people were killed on South Carolina roads last weekend, the state Department of Public Safety announced Monday.

In two incidents from Friday through Sunday, seat belts were not used.

As of July 27, 416 people have lost their lives on state highways, compared to 414 during the same time frame in 2013, according to officials.

Of the 293 vehicle occupants who died this year, nearly half -- 144 people-- were not wearing seat belts.


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Monday
Jul282014

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Monday

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- The National Weather Service's office in Charleston issued a heat advisory until about 7 p.m. Monday, warning residents that the high temperatures and humidity could create a dangerous situation.

In order to minimize risk, South Carolinians are urged to wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity and the outdoors as much as possible.

Additionally, the NWS warns that heat can be especially dangerous for children in cars.

The National Weather Service warns that about 175 Americans die each year from exposure to extreme heat.


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Monday
Jul282014

Residents Displaced in West Ashley Apartment Fire

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Eleven residents at a West Ashley apartment building were displaced Monday morning after a fire damaged several units.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze at Ashley Oaks Apartments on Ashley Hall Plantation around 12 a.m., the Post and Courier reports.

Seven adults and four children living in the complex received assistance from the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported.

The incident is under investigation.


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