Thursday, December 5 2013 8:36 AM EST2013-12-05 13:36:50 GMT
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One person was killed following a late afternoon accident on Highway 35 in Cayce on Monday. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver of a Saturn station wagon was driving north on HighwayMore >>
The Lexington County Coroner's Office has identified the 25-year-old woman who was killed following a late Tuesday afternoon accident on Highway 35 in Cayce.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:42 AM EST2013-12-04 05:42:35 GMT
MADISON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her children in a bedroom with drugs and a corpse. According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officersMore >>
According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officers responded to a home in Dixie Plaza on a report a 24-year-old man had overdosed.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
"The fact that our state requires sex education is a positive," said Forrest Alton. "At the same time, I think we have to acknowledge that the world young people are living in today versus the world they were growing up in 25 years ago is fundamentally different."
Alton is CEO of the SC Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy. He said sex education needs an updated approach when it's taught in classrooms and it should not focus solely on abstinence since statistics show 47% of high schoolers have had sex.
"Young people are constantly bombarded with messages about sex whether it's MTV or the Internet or music videos or whatever the case," said Alton. "So, we don't have a choice anymore whether or not young people are going to learn about sex, we do have a choice of who the instructor is."
A new state bill would require all health education teachers to be certified.
Representative James Smith, one of the co-sponsors, said the curriculum should be streamlined so every student gets accurate and realistic information.
"What we've found is we don't have accountability to make sure everyone is getting the same quality and same level of information," said Smith.
Teen pregnancy has declined by nearly 40% in South Carolina the last two decades.
The State Superintendent said that proves the current legislation is working. His spokesman said the new bill would encourage kids to have safe sex instead of saving sex for marriage.
"What this bill would say is, 'It's okay to have casual sex, one night stands outside of marriage and talk about all the std prevention you can have with that,'" said Jay Ragley with the SC Department of Education. "When you remove the context of marriage from the conversation of reproductive health, it weakens abstinence and encourages students not to engage in less risky behavior it actually encourages them to engage in more risky behavior."
Smith said abstinence would still be part of the curriculum, but it would also have a focus on contraceptives and STD prevention, not necessarily within the context of marriage.
"We want abstinence taught, contraception taught," said Smith. "Information about sexually transmitted diseases so that our students and our young people are equipped to make the decision for themselves with medically accurate information."
"It's kind of like telling students 'We don't want you to smoke,'" said Ragley. "'But if you're going to smoke, this is the way you should do it.' That's just a bad policy."
Although teen pregnancy is on the decline, South Carolina has the 11th highest teen birth rate in the nation.
"Teen pregnancy is a very complex issue and so to think that any single message is going to be appropriate for every young person in South Carolina is a little misleading," said Alton.
Supporters say the curriculum and approach need to be updated to reflect a changing culture, while opponents say the current law is working, so there's no need for change.
Thursday, December 5 2013 10:36 AM EST2013-12-05 15:36:20 GMT
(CNN) -Two million Facebook, G-mail and Twitter passwords were stolen as part of a massive computer hack. Researchers at cyber-security firm Trustwave say the data breach was the result of malware installedMore >>
Two million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords were stolen as part of a massive computer hack.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:51 AM EST2013-12-05 13:51:04 GMT
Inside a dark trailer at Fort Jackson, young recruits are preparing for what could be the fight of their lives. Of course, Richard Culliver is already a veteran in that department."He's doing everythingMore >>
Inside a dark trailer at Fort Jackson, young recruits are preparing for what could be the fight of their lives. Of course, Richard Culliver is already a veteran in that department.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 12:17 PM EST2013-12-05 17:17:04 GMT
A business that sells sell sex toys and videos has lost its bid to continue operating on Devine Street.Taboo, an adult superstore which opened at 4617 Devine Street in December of 2011, has been deniedMore >>
A business that sells sell sex toys and videos which lost its bid to continue operating on Devine Street could close or change its inventory altogether soon.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 12:12 PM EST2013-12-05 17:12:38 GMT
Two women were arrested after a homeowner found them in the act of walking out of her home with a stolen television, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jim Matthews says the homeownerMore >>
Two women were arrested after a homeowner found them in the act of walking out of her home with a stolen television, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 11:55 AM EST2013-12-05 16:55:52 GMT
A University of South Carolina research archaeologist has been given permission to conduct a dig at a former Civil War prison camp on the site of the former Bull Street asylum.Dr. Chester DePratter, USCMore >>
A University of South Carolina research archaeologist has been given permission to conduct a dig at a former Civil War prison camp on the site of the former Bull Street asylum.More >>
The White House is pushing to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans.More >>
The White House is stepping up efforts to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans, arguing that more than a million people will lose the assistance if it isn't renewed by the end of the month, slowing...More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:45 AM EST2013-12-05 14:45:22 GMT
A Richland County deputy's well-known battle with cancer has come to a close with his death on Sunday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Department. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the deathMore >>
A Richland County deputy's well-known battle with cancer has come to aclose with his death on Sunday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Department.More >>