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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Wednesday
Oct312012

SC Helps Those Affected by Superstorm Sandy

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- According to The State, South Carolina electric companies have sent numerous workers to the east coast to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The South Carolina Electric & Gas has sent 162 contract linemen and 23 tree personnel to help the disaster area of Virginia.

The Electric Cooperative of South Carolina has sent 90 employees to help restore power in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Sandy Cancels Flights

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Those flying to the east coast may encounter cancellations due to Superstorm Sandy, according to The State.

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport reports flights to Philadelphia and New York City are canceled for Wednesday.

Flights to Washington D.C. may resume later on Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Armed Robber Strikes at 3 Locations in 5 Days

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Police in Columbia are seeking a man who they say pulled off three robberies in five days, all while dressed in the same clothing.

The latest robbery happened on Tuesday night at a Dollar General store on Leesburg Road, where police said the suspect approached the counter pretending to be purchasing candy. When the cash register drawer was opened, he pointed a gun at the clerk, reached over the counter and stole an undisclosed sum of money.

Police believe the same man robbed another Dollar General store on Beltline Boulevard on Oct. 25 and shortly before that, the same man is suspected of robbing a Hardee’s restaurant on Rosewood Drive.

The suspect was described as being dressed in a black hoodie, blue jeans and black toboggan or ‘skull’ cap and dark sunglasses in the three robberies.

Police said no one was physically harmed during any of the incidents.

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Tuesday
Oct302012

SC Native Corbin Keeps Utah Jazz Head Coach Job

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A good impression left on the Utah Jazz management has resulted in head coach Tyrone Corbin keeping his job through the 2013-2014 season.

The team announced Tuesday that it has elected to exercise its option on Corbin’s contract, however, the financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, as is team policy.

"I have been very impressed with Ty’s leadership skills, as well as his openness and collaborative nature,” Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. "He inherited a young team under difficult circumstances and did a remarkable job last season of developing our players and advancing the team to the playoffs."

Corbin, a native of Columbia, S.C., was promoted to head coach in February 2011.

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Tuesday
Oct302012

Haley: DOR Information Now Secure

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Governor Nikki Haley and other state officials, on Monday, sought to assure the public that following the hacking of the South Carolina Department of Revenue's (DOR) computer system, that personal information stored on the system is no longer under threat.

"All of the information that was compromised as I told you Friday, is plugged, is secure and is safe, so there are no more holes or anything that could be penetrated," Haley said at a press conference.

The DOR announced last Friday that approximately 3.6 million Social Security Numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were compromised during the cyber attack on the DOR system in mid-September.

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.

Haley said so far, there have been about 455,000 calls, with approximately 154,000 people signing up for the credit monitoring service, which takes effect immediately once the person has signed up.

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