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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – From New York City to Fargo, North Dakota, cities across the United States say they are issuing curfews to keep the peace. But the deadlines aren’t hard and fast – many of them have exceptions for people heading to and from work, reporters, public transportation and even people buying groceries. A curfew allows police the ability without any other reason to threaten to arrest or detain crowds of protesters that linger or groups that appear to be a danger to order. Curfews have been installed in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, Philadelphia and hundreds of other cities and communities


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina is sending hundreds of National Guard troops to the nation’s capital at the request of President Donald Trump to help quell unrest over the death of George Floyd. Capt. Jessica Donnelly told The Associated Press that about 445 Guardsmen left South Carolina Tuesday bound for Washington. Overall, more than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states in the wake of protests and violence over the last week. Floyd, who was black, died on Memorial Day after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck while responding to a complaint that Floyd had tried to pass a counterfeit bill at a grocery store.


FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – A former deputy is accused of stealing prescription painkillers while responding to a South Carolina home. The state Law Enforcement Division says 32-year-old Christopher Ard was arrested Monday and charged with misconduct in office. An arrest warrant states the former Florence County sergeant was seen on surveillance video putting a bottle of Oxycodone in his ballistics vest, leaving the home and returning later. The bottle reportedly had 40 pills before it was taken and had 29 1/2 pills when it was returned. The Morning News reports Ard was released on bond. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A week into the summer season that typically drives South Carolina’s robust tourism economy, finding ways to safely draw visitors to the state amid the coronavirus outbreak is top-of-mind for officials discussing the state’s reopening. Helen Hill is CEO of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She told a state Senate panel Tuesday the economic downtown spawned by the outbreak has been, for the tourism industry, “certainly a depression.” Hill stressed a need to harness interest from what she called the “drive market,” or tourists who would be driving to the state instead of using air travel, which is still dramatically down since the outbreak began.

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