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Though storm has shifted, S.C. will still see impacts: Hurricane Irma Update 09/10/17 2 p.m.

By Kaitlyn Park

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Governor Henry McMaster addressed the public from South Carolina's Emergency Management Division on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. 

While the storm has moved more westward than originally anticipated, South Carolina is expected to still see impacts, particularly to the south and west of Interstate 26 (I-26). 

Hurricane Irma made landfall along the lower Flordia Keys as a Category 4 hurricane. Irma has been approaching the southwest Florida coast, with winds up to 130 miles per hour (mph).

"Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst": Governor McMaster on Irma 09/09/17 2 P.M.

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster Press conference

Governor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Governor McMaster expressed his pride in the way that Team South Carolina had worked diligently to devise a “grand plan” to ensure the safety of South Carolinians in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

“You plan your work, and you work your plan.” the Governor said.

Understanding the Eclipse Through the Collection of Robert B. Ariail

By Kaitlyn Park

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While many eyes were focused to the skies on Monday August 21, 2017, those at the University of South Carolina Rare Books and Special Collections were focused on the past. The Irvin Department will be featuring an exhibition with highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy. Ariail was an amateur astronomer, and University of South Carolina alumni who donated more than 5,200 pieces now housed in the Irvin Department.

Keeping Safe in the Summer Sun

By Kaitlyn Park

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It is hardly breaking news to anyone that it is hot in South Carolina this summer. So hot, in fact, that the famous carriage horses were being pulled off of Charleston streets earlier this week.

As many head to the lake, beach and park, it is important to know how to keep you and your family safe and protected in the sun.

Lindsay Blair, SWITCH | Crusaders Against Human Trafficking

By Kaitlyn Park

Lindsay Blair of SWITCH

Lindsay Blair is the Survivor Services Director for SWITCH, a nonprofit in Greenville, South Carolina. Their mission is "to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate of South Carolina through awareness, prevention, demand, intervention, and restoration."

Lindsay shares what called her to her work with SWITCH and what she does as a Survivor Services Director.

What is a Century Plant?

By Kaitlyn Park

century plant with text

Many Columbians will recognize the large plant that seems to spill over onto Rosewood Drive. But the plant has seen more buzz recently, due to the fact that it currently resembles something out of a Dr. Seuss story. A giant stalk has started growing from the plant to the power lines.

The plant is a "Century Plant," also known as Agave americana. But what exactly is a century plant, and why the sudden appearance of the stalk? SCETV has answers.

How Do You Paint a Dream: Dalí at the CMA

By Kaitlyn Park

Dalí's Sandman

"We continue to love Dali, but the question is why?" Palmetto Scene spoke with Chief Curator Will South of the Columbia Museum of Art about the whimsy and wonder of Salvador Dalí, the man who captured our dreams. Yet many Dalí enthusiasts are unaware that the surrealist also illustrated Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote, and Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales.

Sights and Sounds: Tartan Day South

By Kaitlyn Park

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Tartan Day South is an annual celebration of Celtic heritage that recognizes the history and impact of the Scots, Irish, Welsh and Scots-Irish have had on the Columbia region. Hosted at the Historic Columbia Speedway, there are classic highland athletics, music, food and dancing that capture the Celtic Spirit.

The event is produced by John Banks and Donovan Murray of Celtic Force enterprises, with the help of the Historic Columbia Speedway, The River Alliance and other partners.

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in South Carolina

By Kaitlyn Park

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Human trafficking has come to the forefront of many Americans' minds through reporting, investigation and even popular culture. With legislation in 2012, South Carolina made a pledge to end the crime. But in 2016 alone, 73 reports related to human trafficking were made in the state. Palmetto Scene examines how South Carolinians are working together to end this crime, and where the state must go to ensure victims' well-being and safety.

How Should You Negotiate Your Salary?

By Kaitlyn Park

Jennet Robinson Alterman

As a woman building her career in the south in the 1970s, and a women's rights advocate, Jennet Robinson Alterman has learned the value of proper negotiation. Her advice? Whether you are male or female: research, state what you want, then "stop talking."

She also discusses why her experiences in third world countries made it paramount for her to tackle women's issues in South Carolina when she returned, and the value of strong female presences and leadership in the workplace.

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