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Coverage of the Presidential Inauguration

NPR News hosts Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will co-anchor Special Coverage from the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, Friday, beginning at 10:00 am, on all SC Public Radio stations.

The Black Widow

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The Northern Black Widow spider is common in the mid-Atlantic states, but also makes its home in South Carolina.
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South Carolina is home to both the Northern Black Widow and the Southern Black Widow spider.

One of the last pieces of legislation signed into law by President Obama has opened up a big new market for companies specializing in hearing care.

Mike Switzer interviews Jennifer Waddell, owner of Sound Hearing Care in Simpsonville, SC.

"S" is for Sims, James Marion [1813-1883]. Gynecologist, surgeon. A native of Lancaster District, Sims obtained his medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College and then established a practice in Alabama. Between 1844 and 1849 he developed a surgical method for the repair of the debilitating condition known as vesico-vaginal fistula. Among his patients were a number of slave women. Having perfected his surgery in repeated experiments on his slave patients, he moved to New York where he opened a charity hospital to instruct fellow physicians.

Origins of Coal

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Our 1880’s house in St. Matthews was built with coal-burning fireplaces.

Jeff Sessions donned a "Make America Great Again" cap and joined the campaign trail as one of Donald Trump's earliest supporters on Capitol Hill. But the proximity of the Alabama Republican to the president-elect has got some Democrats worried about how he'd preside at the Justice Department.

This post will have a live video stream of the confirmation hearing when it begins, around 10 a.m. ET.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been among the most controversial picks for Donald Trump's cabinet. In part, that's because the Environmental Protection Agency nominee has a track record of saying things like:

On Wednesday, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., goes before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in his first grilling since he was nominated to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. This isn't an official confirmation hearing. That comes later, before the Senate Finance Committee. But with outspoken senators such as Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on the HELP committee, Price is certain to face tough questions.

Here are five things to look out for:

OBAMACARE

Two days before the election, Donald Trump stood before a large crowd in Sioux City, Iowa, and called onstage the longest-serving governor in U.S. history.

"I think there's nobody knows more about trade than him," said Trump of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. "Boy, you would be our prime candidate to take care of China."

What do the McDonald's golden arches, the apple on your iPhone, the NBC peacock, the Nike swoosh, and the MGM lion have in common?

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