Heat advisory issued for eastern South Carolina

COLUMBIA (AP) — It’s going to be dangerously hot in eastern South Carolina.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the southeastern part of the state from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The advisory is in effect in Allendale, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties.

Forecasters say heat index values will range from 105 to 110 degrees.

A heat advisory is also in effect in the northeastern part of the state from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday. That advisory affects Darlington, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg counties,

Heat index values of up to 108 degrees are possible in the northeastern part of South Carolina.

Empty school bus burns in Goose Creek

GOOSE CREEK (AP) — No one was hurt when an empty school bus caught fire in Goose Creek.

Goose Creek Rural Fire Chief Michael Haines told local media outlets the fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Haines said the bus was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. He thinks the fire started in the engine or transmission.

Berkeley County school officials say they have not determined what started the fire.

USC hosts political experts on 2014 fall election

COLUMBIA (AP) — Five political science experts and scholars are slated to appear at the University of South Carolina to discuss the upcoming fall elections.

The race between incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley and challenger Sen. Vincent Sheheen highlights Thursday’s talk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Capstone House. The event is free and open to the public.

The moderator for the discussion is Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies and former White House correspondent.

The panel includes Scott Buchanan from The Citadel; Scott Huffmon of Winthrop University; Todd Shaw of University of South Carolina; Alissa Warters from Francis Marion University and David Woodard of Clemson University.

Topics include campaign issues and messaging, advertising and new media and the influence of money from outside the state.