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a.m. this is not the prosecutor's first brush with law enforcement. in 2005 he pleaded guilty to a dui charge in ashville, north carolina. then in 2012 he was charged with having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. we did receive this incident report just before show but other than that, midlands agencies are staying pretty tight-lipped about the myers arrest. both the attorney general's office and the solicitor's office had no comment. and in our efforts to contact myers we were told he was not in his office today. last night's arrest comes just weeks before filing opens for the solicitor's office. live in the newsroom, beth rousseau, abc columbia news. ben: south carolina politics in prime tonight hillary clinton and bernie sanders will take part in the cnn democratic town hall at usc's law school. >> alicia: abc columbia's grace
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grace, what can we expect to hear from the candidates this evening? >> reporter: alicia and ben, first i want to show you the clinton and sanders fans fathering down the street. they are courting drivers in rush hour traffic on assembly street. they have gotten quiet but lots of clinton fans, a few bernie fans. the hillary fans have been louder this evening after suffering defeat in new hampshire, clinton gained back her momentum in nevada this weekend. the challenge for her now is to keep it going. clinton did very well wi black voters in nevada that's a key point here, ahead of saturday's democratic primary. in 2008, 55% of the state's electorate was black. sanders has pulled out all the stops courting our state's african-american voters but will it be enough? since saturday, he's started hitting clinton hard calling her out for not releasing the paid speeches she gave to big wall street firms. voters tonight will get the
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themselves. as we saw last week with the republicans, these town halls are a chance for you to get up close and personal with the candidates. of course, we will have a live report at 11:00 of what they said. live from the usc school of law, grace joyal, abc columbia news. alicia: we continue our vote 2016 coverage bringing you profiles of each of the candidates vying to be the next president of the united states. >> ben: abc columbia's jennifer ready is at the state house with more on front-runner hillary clinton and her campaign. >> reporter: all eyes are on south carolina with the democratic primary this weekend. hillary clinton currently holds a commanding double digit lead over bernie sanders but questions still plague her campaign over several controversial issues. >> thank you, thank you. >> reporter: coming off a big win in nevada, hillary clinton pushes on in her quest to make history as the first woman president of the united states.
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we never doubted each other. >> reporter: the former secretary of state is the front-runner in the democratic party, focusing her campaign agenda on reforming the criminal justice system and raising american incomes to create more jobs and grow the economy. >> we're going to build ladders of opportunity in their place so that every american can go as far as your hard work will take you. >> reporter: clinton is gaining support from several south carolina politicians including representative jim clyburn. and representative todd rutherford. >> we will show the basis much larger. >> reporter: but the former first lady's campaign's been plagued with questions about her honestly with republicans criticizing her for using a private email server for official business and many also raising questions about the benghazi terrorist attack during her time as secretary of state. >> rubio: you cannot lie to the families of the people who died in benghazi and then think you're going to be commander in chief. >> reporter: and her opponent, vermont senator bernie sanders, is slamming clinton for adopting
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>> the people of the united states need to know the difference between hastily-adopted campaign rhetoric and the real record and the long-held ideas of the candidates. >> reporter: despite the criticisms clinton has faced, she narrowly won iowa and surged ahead in nevada, the same thing palmetto state. from the state house, jennifer ready, abc columbia news. >> ben: the republicans were here a few days ago but now they have taken their fight out west. the nevada caucuses are underway as the contest continues to look more and more like a three man race between donald trump, ted cruz, and marco rubio. >> ben: i don't know if you have looked out the windows behind us but a lot of clouds in the sky. >> alicia: looks like more rain on the way, maybe severe storms.
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>> john: yes, tomorrow is when the threat of severe storms arrive, wind and possibly tornadoes. things are setting up we could look at very messy weather tomorrow morning. let's look at the set up. what we have is a few showers, as we go to the south and west what you will see is a line of storms east of new orleans, that is producing severe weather. there have been several tornadoes reported with it, everything in red is tornadoes and everything in yellow is a tornado watch. the red, the tornadoes are happening. the yellow is they could happen. this whole mess will be in our neck of the woods as we go through tomorrow morning. how will it play out? the severe threat is roughly two-thirds of, maybe even three quarters of south carolina and all of eastern north carolina. specifically where are the storms going to be tomorrow? it's too early to say. but what i want you to do is here.
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the morning to track the storms as they work through but the timing on it, let me give you specifics. roughly 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning to 1:00 or 2:00 234 in the afternoon, that's when the weather will be most active in the midlands and then camping down. ben: president barack obama wants to close guantanamo bay and it's creating a firestorm among congress. >> alicia: today, the president says the detention center undermines america's national security and needs to be closed. the plan does call for transferring the remaining detainees to the united states. and it seeks nearly 500 million in construction costs. it does not say where the detainees would go. the proposal faces opposition in the gop-led congress. governor nikki haley responding to the plan with strong opposition. the governor says this is no time to send terrorists from guantanamo bay back to the battlefield. >> what we saw is that he doubled down again on something that we won't accept.
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again, the last thing you do in a country that has already seen terrorism all around it is bring these detainees to south carolina or any other state, so we will continue to fight it. we don't want it in south carolina, we don't want it in kansas or any other state in the country. >> ben: two republican congressmen from south carolina strongly disagree with the president. congressman joe wilson says, quote, the president's dangerous proposal to close guantanamo and transfer terrorists to locations in the united states, potentially south carolina, is unlawful. u.s. senator tim scott says, quote, there is simply no reason to put a target on an american community, when we already have an isolated facility, well-guarded by marines, that is more than capable of holding them. for the democrats, in a conference call with our abc affiliate in charleston, representative jim clyburn says
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obama's gitmo plan. alicia: roads continue to be a hot topic at the state house. today senators once again debated sending more money to state roads. it could be some time before there's any movement on any proposals. senator tom davis of beaufort blocked action on the bill last week seeking to change the board that oversees the department of transportation. >> alicia: we hope you stay with us, up next we talk about putting down roots. >> ben: one local park gets a sprucing up in downtown
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main and gervais. midlands beautil" and making our environment a >> alicia: thank you for staying with us this evening. "keeping the midlands beautiful" and makimg our environment a little greener. >> ben: that's the goal of t.d. banks "td tree days" project. today employee volunteers planted trees at owens park today. columbia mayor steve benjamin was on hand to help out. it's just one way organizers say they can enhance our community. >> the contribution to building, improving the public ground, will last for generations long after we are all gone. this, i think the significance of this contribution can't be overstated. >> ben: organizers hope the trees will add some needed green to the park by providing shade and a more welcome environment
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alicia: recognizing leaders in our community, today the palmetto center for women held its annual luncheon. the luncheon serves to recognize women whose outstanding achievements distinguish them as leaders and role models. since the inception of the awards ceremony in 1980, over 700 women have been honored. among the recipients this year. paula harper bethea and patricia moore-pastides. congrats to them. alicia: we're tracking the potential for severe weather in our forecast tomorrow. probably around 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning hour. >> ben: right now a look at our abc columbia tower cam at conditions downtown. overcast, lots of clouds.
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has your forecast next. >> john: welcome back. a couple days a year around here we have to really focus on the weather and tomorrow will be one of them. that's because a line of severe storms will come through including possibly tornadoes and the time frame will be as early as 7:00 and late as 1:00 from the beginning to end how things will go through the midlands. i will step you through so you can see what is going on. the line of action is northeast of new orleans, that's where things are messy. northeast of new orleans right now, these red polygons, that's where the counties where tornadoes are happening. the orange are severe
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watch out. these could get bad over the next several hours, this is messy and that will translate over to us. when it gets here tomorrow it will be weaker, not enough that we should leave our guard down. where does the threat lineup? tomorrow it lines up from spartanburg to the coast, and, really, most of north carolina as well. the question here tonies to try to pin down where the severe weather will go tomorrow, this is a dynamic storm, things are moving quickly. it's hard to say where the biggest thunderstorms will be. what i will tell you is please stay tuned tomorrow. when we see it getting in here, we will see the white of its eyes, we need to be ready for severe weather. starting at 4:00 in the morning, the line makes it in from the west. as early as 7:00 we start to see decent thunderstorms in here but
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more intense line that gets in here a couple hours later. starting at 9:00, 10:00, it works through basically all of the midlands. that's 10:00 and then watch it rejuvenate through 11:00. in there that's where the most likely scenario is for the weather, the atmosphere will have had a chance to loosen up, the clouds will be gone by this time tomorrow, that's when we will see the most intense line of storms go through. watch, they move through quickly and gone, by the time we get to the afternoon everything is kicking out, there's plenty of wind and terms of the severe weather threat, it will be done with us through tomorrow afternoon. let's give you specifics on the forecast for tone, not much, few showers, low clouds, what you have out there is what you get, drizzle is it. tomorrow the focus of the action will be the first part of the day and then into afternoon it gets windy. once this whole thinkings
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look at the rest of the week, dry through the early part of next week. keep it tuned here, jonathan and i will be tracking any storms as they get going in the morning. over to you. >> ben: thanks. tennessee coaches respond to a federal lawsuit that they say is untrue and making their job more difficult. >> alicia: gamecocks baseball
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sports is next. overcast >> so much for easing into the season. hi, i'm tim hill. gamecocks baseball trying to bounce back after missing out on the tournament in the last century. right back at it today at an overcast day at founders park, let's check out the highlights. appalachian state in town, 0-3 from a tournament in myrtle beach. adam hill gets a start. chad says the upstate native is like a fourth weekend starter. backing up that hype today.
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first 10 batters, mostly by strike outs. he goes six score less innings on the ball game. the gamecocks offense off to a slow start. that is how you draw it upright there, perfectly placed bunt, first hit of the ball game for the gamecocks. marcus moony comes up later with bases loaded. coming through, the mountaineers can't come up with the play, it's ruled as an error. the second score on the run, gamecocks take a 2-nothing read. the new second base man from oklahoma continues to stay hot at the plate, since up the gut. a 3-nothing lead. but today all about the freshman on the mound, adam hill. the pitching continues to dominate early in the seeps.
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gamecocks up 5-nothing. gamecocks basketball back in action tomorrow against tennessee. the 11th leading scorer in the country not expected to play in this ball game, he has a stress fracture in his foot. hunter scored a game high 36 against the gamecocks last month when tennessee beat usc in knoxville. we will hear from frank martin at 11:00. in tennessee all six head coaches sitting down in response to recent title ix lawsuit accusing the school of having a hostile atmosphere. they say it not accurate and hurts them in recruiting. >> the university of tennessee's athletic department is as good as any i've seen wherever i have been. we look at what is going on, we have to stand up as a group and tell you the good side of it too, we have to do that, it not
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athlete, past student athletes and future athletes, they don't understand there are great things going on this campus. >> if i had a daughter i would not hesitate one bit for her to come on campus, i've been here for 30-something years. we've got to be doing something right or i would not have bought in and said this is a great place. >> i've been coaching a long time and i've never been a part of something as special as this and i don't think and i don't want to speak for every coach but i feel confidently in saying this, if we didn't feel comfortable, if we didn't have confidence in the mission of this athletic department of each other in every individual sport we wouldn'ting wouldn't be sitting here.
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are watching sports. >> john: an active line of storms comes through here tomorrow, possibly severe, including tornadoes, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. after it goes through it clears out and will be a little windy to start with but the rest of the seven days are dry. >> ben: thanks for making us
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sports and weather, keep it on for the weather.
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we'll see you tonight at 11:00. ? breaking news tonight. the state of emergency this hour. multiple tornadoes reported already. the devastating damage. we're on the scene. about to power right up the east coast, 45 million in the path. also breaking, the new surveillance images of the alleged uber gunman. where he was in the hours before the rampage. the race for the white house, and tonight, the showdown in nevada. donald trump lashing out at ted cruz. and what trump said when asked why he's not taking on marco rube roe. breaking news on the zika outbreak, right here in the u.s. tonight. authorities now confirming more than a dozen new cases of the disease sexually transmitted.


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