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Joe Ziegler, left, Steven Harmer, Alex Sanders, and Alex Scroggins help family and neighbors move a couch from flooding homes on the Waccamaw River near Conway, S.C., on Monda[(Jason Lee | Sun News via AP]

South Carolina struggles with floodwaters, scarce drinking water

COLUMBIA, S.C. The South Carolinians walked along the bridge over the Congaree River, hoods up against the pelting rain, their heads cast downward to marvel at the red-brown water churning violently below them. They had never seen the river rise like this, up near the tips of the light poles of the river walk park  …


Jeb Bush's message for Iowa: 'It's not all about yapping'

Jeb Bush begins a three-day tour of Iowa with a speech this evening at the Scott County GOP Ronald Reagan dinner in Bettendorf. His campaign said this video will play before he talks. In it Bush takes an aggressive stance toward President Obama and Washington before turning to his time as governor. ...


CSX is willing to sell two of its Tampa Bay freight lines for commuter service.

Orlando's SunRail provides comparison for potential Tampa Bay commuter rail

Commuter rail could become a reality in Tampa Bay in the not-so-distant future. Railroad giant CSX told Tampa Bay transit leaders last month that it's interested in selling two lines for passenger rail. And the lines — which span almost 100 miles — already connect three major downtowns and four counties. Check out our full story that ran in Monday's paper on this transit possibility....


Florida education news: Barbershops, school boards, impact fees and more

EXTRA HELP: Hillsborough school leaders ask area barbers to work with their young customers in the district's effort to curb school discipline problems....