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Friday
Apr182014

City of Columbia Offices Closed for Good Friday

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The City of Columbia has announced that its offices will be closed on Friday.

Officials said city offices will be closed in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

All garbage and recycle routes will remain on schedule.

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Friday
Apr182014

SC Unemployment Rate Drops to Six-Year Low

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The unemployment rate in South Carolina dropped to a six-year low in March, reaching 5.5 percent.

March was the tenth consecutive month that the state saw a lower unemployment rate than the month before.

In a statement, Gov. Nikki Haley said that the unemployment rate continuing to drop "says a lot about our state and the hardworking people who make it their home."

Haley also pointed out that more South Carolinians are working than ever before, with 2,046,002 resident employed in March.

South Carolina's unemployment rate was lower than the national rate of 6.7 percent, marking the first time that South Carolina's figure was more than one full point below the national rate in over 16 years.

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Friday
Apr182014

Columbia Police Search for Bank Robber

Columbia Police Department(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Columbia Police are searching for a man who robbed an area bank on Thursday.

The robbery happened at a Wells Fargo bank branch, located at 165 Harbison Boulevard shortly before noon. Police said the robber entered the bank and gave a teller a note demanding money, following which, the teller complied and the man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect, and anyone with information on the man is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Clemson's New President to Be Installed on Graduation Day

(CLEMSON, S.C.) -- The new president of Clemson University is set to be officially installed next month during the university's spring commencement ceremonies.

In an online statement, the school said Dr. James Clements will be installed as the 15th president of the university on May 9.

Dr. Clements will reportedly deliver his inaugural address in three short segments at each of the graduation ceremonies being held that day.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Cops Release Surveillance Photos in Columbia Store Robbery

Columbia Police Department(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Police have released surveillance photos, as the search continues for a man who robbed a Columbia store at gunpoint earlier this month.

The robbery happened on April 10 at a Walmart store, located at 7520 Garners Ferry Road. A store clerk told police that a man entered the store, pretended he was going to purchase items, and as the clerk opened the cash register, the suspect allegedly threatened her with a gun and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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