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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Monday
Oct292012

NC Skydiver Dies After 'Hard Landing' at SC Airport

(CHESTER, S.C.) -- An experienced skydiver died Sunday after reportedly hitting the ground hard during a landing at the Chester Catawba Regional Airport in Chester, S.C.

The incident was reported just after 10:15 a.m., as officials said 45-year-old Clarence Huggins, of Fayetteville, N.C., was out skydiving with Skydive Carolina when he tried to pull off an advanced landing maneuver and had a "hard landing," according to a report on HeraldOnline.com.

The newspaper reports that Huggins was taken to Chester Regional Medical Center, and then to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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Monday
Oct292012

DOR: Hackers Accessed 3.6 Million Social Security Numbers

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina  Department of Revenue has announced that it has come under attack from hackers, with approximately 3.6 million Social Security Numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers being compromised in the attack.

The department said after cyber attack attempts in late August and early September, in "mid-September, two other intrusions occurred, and to the best of the department’s knowledge, the hacker obtained data for the first time."

Department officials said on October 20 the system vulnerability that allowed the cyber attack has been closed and "to the best of the department’s knowledge, secured."

The department is urging anyone who has filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998, to  visit protectmyid.com/scdor or call 1- 866-578-5422 to find out if they were affected by the cyber attack. The state is also offering those affected, one year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

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Monday
Oct292012

Two Bodies, Car Belonging to Missing NC Teens Found

(KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C.) -- Two bodies, believed to be the North Carolina teenagers who went missing two weeks ago, were discovered Sunday when search teams pulled a car from a marsh underneath the I-20 overpass in Kershaw County.

According to the State, investigators found part of the bumper and license plate of 18-year-old Jake Ziegler's 2006 Pontiac G6 around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Recovery teams then located his car in dark, murky water under the bridge with the help of a diver.

The Kershaw County Coroner was at the scene, though he could not positively identify the bodies as Ziegler and 17-year-old Ray Pierce by late Sunday night.

The Catawba County, N.C. teenagers went missing on October 13 during a trip down to Myrtle Beach. They never made it to their destination, and their last form of communication took place in the form of a text to Ziegler's girlfriend around 2:45 a.m. letting her know that the pair was almost "at the beach."

Accordingto the Charlotte Observer, search teams from North and South Carolina spent countless hours searching for the boys, and their families rented a helicopter, handed out flyers at a Panthers game and even contacted a psychic to help find them.

Police believe the wreckage was the result of a traffic accident.

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Friday
Oct262012

Gov. Nikki Haley Holds Press Conference Friday

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a press conference on Friday, October 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) headquarters.

Haley will be joined by SLED Chief Mark Keel, U.S. Service, DOR Director Jim Etter and Inspector General Patrick Maley.

The headquarters are located at 4400 Broad River Road in Columbia.

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Friday
Oct262012

USC Received Second Largest Donation

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- On Thursday, the University of South Carolina reported they received a second $5 million donation for the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, according to The State.

The center is named after astronaut Ronald McNair, a South Carolinian who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

According to U.S. Rep Jim Cyburn, D-S.C., McNair would approve of the center’s formation.

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