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S.C. given federal approval to make some Medicaid recipients work

GREENVILLE (AP) - South Carolina has been given permission to require some people receiving Medicaid to work, volunteer or take job training to keep getting their health care, Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday. South Carolina is the 10th state to … more

No accreditation punishment for USC in president hunt

COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of South Carolina will not be punished by a group that accredits colleges after accusations it allowed the selection of its new president to be influenced by outside political forces. The university will continue to … more

McMaster wants to give teachers a $3,000 raise

CAYCE - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday that he wants to give a $3,000 raise for all the state's nearly 53,000 teachers in next year's budget as part of a promise by Republican lawmakers to get paychecks above the national average by … more

Rep. Cox picked as 1st head of new S.C. Veterans' Affairs

COLUMBIA (AP) - A military veteran serving as a freshman state lawmaker has been selected as the first secretary of South Carolina's newest Cabinet-level agency. Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday named Greenville Rep. Bobby Cox as his choice to … more

Bluffton teacher aims to get kids off phones by hiding books

BLUFFTON - Denise Bowers was on morning bus duty when it hit her: Most of the kids she saw in the parking lot at River Ridge Academy were bent over their phones. The longtime pre-kindergarten teacher was horrified. "What can I do to get these … more

Highway extension plans leave farmers worried about future

LITTLE RIVER - Efforts to expand the Carolina Bays Parkway north across the state border are underway, but first officials must decide which route the road will take. The North Carolina and South Carolina departments of transportation presented … more

Be careful to not donate money to scam charities this holiday season

FROM SCDOR AND SCDCA Before you pull out your wallet this holiday season, make sure you take heed of tips from the South Carolina Department of Revenue and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs that will ensure your giving is safe and … more

Great white sharks are showing up off the Carolinas as winter nears

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Great white sharks are showing up off the Carolina coast as winter approaches. The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that 10 great whites have been recorded off the North Carolina and South Carolina coast in recent … more

This month in S.C. History -- Dec. 17, 1853: Benjamin F. Perry delivers speech highlighting need for public education

On Dec. 17, 1853, Benjamin F. Perry delivered a speech in Columbia to the "Merchants, Mechanics, and Businessmen."Benjamin Perry was born in Pendleton District, which is now Oconee County, in 1805. He grew up on his family's farm and attended school … more

Judge tosses out charges against 6 in South Carolina mall shooting

GREENWOOD (AP) - A judge in South Carolina threw out charges against six men in a shooting at the Greenwood Mall, saying prosecutors never proved any of them had a gun, fired the weapon or intended to shoot the possible victim. Prosecutors were … more

'Haint blue' porch ceilings in Charleston have tough history to track

CHARLESTON - Tour guide Alphonso Brown knows one of Charleston's most common design trends well because he grew up with it in his childhood home in Rantowles. "We painted the (porch) ceiling blue and the trim around the windows blue because that … more

S.C. education reform likely means reform for school spending

COLUMBIA - The push to overhaul South Carolina's education system hasn't stopped just because the Legislature is out of session. A small group of senators met Wednesday to continue to discuss the state's more than 40-year-old formula for … more

S.C. social services leader seeks $127 million increase

COLUMBIA (AP) - The head of South Carolina's child welfare agency is asking for $127 million more next year to help turn around an embattled agency criticized for failing children. Department of Social Services Director Michael Leach wants the … more

Veteran thinks giving kidney to another vet was part of his destiny

By KATHY PIERRE Anderson Independent Mail ANDERSON - Not long after learning his fellow veteran's kidneys were failing, Steve Hartington began the process of learning whether or not he could donate one of his own. Billy Konrad, a … more

Clemson hotel to employ special needs students

By ZOE NICHOLSON The Greenville News CLEMSON - ClemsonLIFE sophomore David "Tanner" Smith currently works two on-campus jobs - one at Fike Recreation Center and the other in the Division of Undergraduate Studies - but he already has a new job … more

Orangeburg man arrested after man shot in head during drug deal

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that an Orangeburg man has been charged with attempted murder after a drug deal went bad. “We had an individual who was shot during a drug … more

Sheriff: School-based deputy had sex with student, arrested

COLUMBIA (AP) - A former deputy working at a South Carolina high school had sex with a 17-year-old student in his patrol car while in uniform, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday. Lott said 40-year-old Jamel Bradley is charged with … more

Man gets life for killing girlfriend after breakup

SPARTANBURG (AP) - A 46-year-old man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after killing his girlfriend when she broke up with him. Solicitor Barry Barnette says Derrick Burnside had two previous convictions for domestic … more

Biden files papers for South Carolina presidential primary

ABBEVILLE (AP) — Joe Biden has made his presidential bid official in South Carolina. The former vice president filed his paperwork as a candidate in next year's Democratic primary during a … more

Deval Patrick takes 2020 campaign to S.C.

COLUMBIA (AP) - About a dozen black female small-business owners were gathered in a South Carolina shared workspace on Tuesday night for a networking event when they were told the newest 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, Deval Patrick, would be … more
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