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Black Dems in S.C. giving Biden mixed reviews

COLUMBIA - Joe Biden's run for the Democratic presidential nomination was all but declared dead as he headed to the South Carolina primary in late February 2020. He had finished fifth in New Hampshire and fourth in Iowa. Still, Biden advised … more

As 2024 nears, Pence to speak at S.C. pregnancy center dinner in May

COLUMBIA - As he positions himself for a possible White House bid, former Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the early voting state of South Carolina, slated to give the keynote address at a fundraising banquet for a Christian pregnancy … more

Attorney Alex Murdaugh now faces 75 charges; prosecutor says $8.5 million stolen from clients

COLUMBIA - A once-prominent South Carolina lawyer now faces 75 charges he stole nearly $8.5 million in wrongful death and wreck settlements from more than a dozen people after another round of indictments against Alex Murdaugh were handed up … more

Clemson frat suspended for 4 years after hazing probe

CLEMSON (AP) - After an investigation into hazing, a Clemson University fraternity has been suspended for four years for violating the university's code of conduct. A probe into the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity revealed hazing incidents that occurred … more

S.C. Senate passes new U.S. House districts with minimal changes

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Senate approved a new map for the state's U.S. House seats on Thursday, making minimal changes to the current seven districts of which all but one reliably … more

The Carolinas and Virginia brace for blast of ice, snow

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Carolinas and Virginia were bracing for more winter weather on Thursday, with officials urging drivers to stay off potentially icy roads and schools canceling classes in … more

Gov. McMaster in speech: More money, bold actions

COLUMBIA (AP) - Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday that a booming economy and billions of dollars of extra revenue and federal COVID-19 relief money gives the state a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take bold steps to transform South Carolina. The … more

Ban on drivers holding cellphones heads to S.C. Senate floor

COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill that would make it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone in their hands in South Carolina is heading to the Senate floor.The proposal passed the Senate Transportation … more

S.C. Democrat moves final U.S. House map debate to Senate floor

COLUMBIA (AP) — A Democratic state senator who drew new U.S. House districts in South Carolina that would likely generate at least one more chance to send a Democrat to Washington said … more

Scott memoir 'America' coming out in August

NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Tim Scott has a memoir out this summer that he says will explain the two words that have shaped his life: hope and redemption. "No matter how great the darkness, these truths always light the way home," the South Carolina … more

Judge denies jailed attorney's request to reduce $7M bail

COLUMBIA (AP) — A judge refused on Tuesday to lower the $7 million bail for prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, who is charged with stealing millions of dollars from vulnerable … more

McMaster prepares for State of the State speech

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is set to brag about his accomplishments and lay out his goals for 2022 on Wednesday at his annual State of the State speech before the … more

Scott creates MLK Day videos, hopes to rebut Biden speech

COLUMBIA (AP) — With a video series on issues he sees as pertinent to the Black community, the U.S. Senate's only Black Republican, Tim Scott of South Carolina, is putting forth what he … more

Ex-provost new University of South Carolina leader after tough search

COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina on Friday named a former professor and provost as its new president, turning toward a familiar person to end another problematic search for the … more

Blythewood woman gets 2 years in jail for misusing $1.2M in COVID-19 funds

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for fraud relating to $1.2 million in coronavirus relief funds. Bridgett Dorsey, 39, of Blythewood, had pleaded guilty to tax fraud and fraud related to the … more

Plane crashes into Lake Murray, no injuries reported

LEXINGTON (AP) — Two people survived after a plane crashed Thursday into a South Carolina lake, authorities said.The crash occurred about 1:45 p.m. on Lake Murray near Taylor's Cove Road in … more

Senators debate ending state control of medical equipment

COLUMBIA - South Carolina senators on Wednesday started what will likely be a debate over several days about whether to get rid of a state law that requires hospitals and other medical clinics to get permission to expand or buy most major … more

Plan to radically change U.S. House districts in S.C. proposed

COLUMBIA (AP) — Just days before the South Carolina General Assembly appears ready to finish drawing new U.S. House districts, state Senators have been asked to consider an alternative that … more

Minor tremors still rumble weeks after larger S.C. earthquake

Small earthquakes are still shaking the ground near South Carolina's capital city, more than two weeks after a larger convulsion and outside the window geologists typically expect for aftershocks. Early Tuesday, a 1.7-magnitude quake struck just … more

S.C. General Assembly back in session with plenty of funds to spend

COLUMBIA - South Carolina lawmakers opened their 2022 session on Tuesday with the familiar problem of the COVID-19 pandemic and a more unfamiliar problem of bank accounts bursting with money. As is customary for the first day, lawmakers didn't do … more
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