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  State lawmaker looking into potential ban of flavored vaping products

In response to hundreds of cases of reported lung injuries related to e-cigarettes and vaping across the country, some states are banning the sale of flavored vaping products.

  Democratic presidential hopefuls speak to SC voters at historic venue

Democratic presidential candidates make their case to S.C. voters at Galivants Ferry Stump

  State lawmakers continue to tackle affordable housing crisis, tour new development

State lawmakers to tour Veranda and discuss affordable housing in SC

  Trump takes jab at Mark Sanford with ‘Mr. Appalachian Trail’ tweet

  Schedule announced for Congressman Joe Wilson’s Annual Bus Tour

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SC business owners meet with members of SC Congressional delegation

  Sanders says SC was ‘a bad state’ for him in 2016, but this time is different

  SC Sen. Scott will not run again after 2022 race

  Sen. Lindsey Graham thanks S.C. soldiers, talks Afghanistan, immigration bill

  Poll: Biden leads Dems ahead of S.C. primary, healthcare top issue for voters

Rep. Todd Rutherford to file bill to remove governor from UofSC Board of Trustees

  USC Board of Trustees votes in favor of Caslen as 29th president

UofSC’s Board of Trustees have made a decision concerning the next president of the university after meeting Friday morning at the university’s Alumni Center. The meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m.

Meeting to discuss next UofSC President underway

UofSC Board of Trustees members have gathered at the university’s Alumni Center to discuss the decision for the next university president.

  Gov. McMaster confident Caslen will be voted in as USC’s next president

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to meet Friday morning to discuss what’s become a contentious search for the school’s next president, but it’s not clear yet if the board is planning to take a vote on a previously announced finalist, retired Lt. General Robert Caslen.

Possible 2020 run against Trump is ‘in God’s hands,’ former SC Gov Mark Sanford says

Former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford released a YouTube video repeating concerns about the nation’s growing debt and deficit.

  Many USC Caslen supporters have been quiet this week. Some say this is why.

  Lawmakers push to close wage gap in S.C.

  Richland Co. Council passes first reading to ban single-use plastic bags

  Social justice group earns permit at State House to prevent traditional raising of Confederate flag

South Carolina DHEC letter halts seismic testing in state waters

  Harris slated to make campaign stops in S.C. this weekend

  Blue Palmetto Dinner rallies South Carolina Democrats ahead of State Convention

Ahead of Congressman Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry, the Blue Palmetto Dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center was the place to be for South Carolina Democrats Friday night.

22 Democratic presidential candidates set to appear at Rep. Clyburn’s Fish Fry

With the race for the White House starting to heat up, South Carolina will host 22 Democratic presidential candidates this weekend.

  Governor ‘hoping for the best but ready for the worst’ this hurricane season

Governor Henry McMaster spoke with emergency management officials in coastal areas Friday to see how they’re preparing for potential hurricanes this year.

  Not a Jedi mind trick: ‘Star Wars’ actor Mark Hamill tweets support to U.S. Senate hopeful, S.C. native Jaime Harrison

In a Twitter exchange early Sunday morning, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill responded to Harrison's "fanboy" tweet, openly showing his support for the attorney-turned-politician.

  Harrison to challenge Graham in upcoming U.S. Senate race

When Election Day comes around in 2020, Lindsey Graham will have a challenger for his seat in the United States Senate.

Gov. McMaster vetoes $2.7M in budget that would have been used to sink USS Clamagore

The idea was to sink the aging submarine in order to turn it into a reef.

South Carolina: Tax break for Carolina Panthers near passage

South Carolina legislators are expected to clear the final hurdle to giving the Carolina Panthers up to $120 million in tax breaks to move their practice fields and team headquarters out of North Carolina

  SC lawmakers begin three-day special session to discuss budget, Santee Cooper & Panthers

South Carolina lawmakers are headed back to the State House Monday to begin a three-day special session.

  SC State Rep. ‘Ronnie’ Young passes away

Rep. Young, who represented District 84, recently received the state’s highest honor, Order of the Palmetto. The lawmaker was battling cancer and had been in hospice care.

  Historic moment showcased in photo at the SC State House

This is the first time in the state’s history that nine African American women have served simultaneously in the House of Representatives, a moment shared among a sisterhood of women who’s primary mission is to serve and create positive change.

  Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveils his K-12 education plan in Orangeburg

Senator Bernie Sanders made a stop in Orangeburg Saturday morning to campaign ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

SC lawmakers approve pro sports incentive plan

House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement that could pave the way for a NFL team to move some of their operations to South Carolina

  Biden stops by SC church Sunday during weekend campaign visit

The 74-year-old longtime politician visited the church one day after an event at the Hyatt Park Community Center on Saturday where he was welcomed by a community of supporters.

  SC lawmakers consider new ride-share safety measure

Lawmakers in South Carolina are considering another proposal to try to improve ride sharing safety

Biden expected to announce campaign stops in South Carolina soon

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who entered the Democratic race for the White House this week, is expected to announce a visit to the Palmetto State.

  SC Senate subcommittee makes change to proposed ridesharing safety bill

There’s been a change to proposed legislation to improve safety for Uber and Lyft users in South Carolina.

  UofSC board of trustees names four finalists in the search for next president

The University of South Carolina's board of trustees has announced the names of the four candidates under consideration to become the school's 29th president.

SC could implement tolls to fund improvements to I-95

A proposed amendment moving through the South Carolina Statehouse could add tolls to Interstate 95.

  WATCH: Funeral services for the late former SC governor, US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

Family, friends, and politicians said final goodbyes to former U.S. Senator and Governor Ernest “Fritz” Hollings on Tuesday.

Hundreds remember former Sen. Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings during visitation in Charleston

The visitation was the first of the “Three Days of Mourning” planned for Hollings, who died at the age of 97 in his Isle of Palms home on April 6.

  Feds, US Attorney uncovers nearly $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme dubbed ‘Operation Brace Yourself’

The scheme, entitled “Operation Brace Yourself," has more than 80 search warrants in 17 federal districts and originated in Charleston.

  Officials: SC projected to receive $188M in earnings when Panthers move

Officials are continuing to pound out details regarding the Carolina Panthers’ move to South Carolina.

  ‘He will be sorely missed’: Columbia leaders reflect on the death of former US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

In the words of Governor Henry McMaster, one of the state’s “greatest lions roars no more.”

Longtime US Sen. Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings dies

The Palmetto State is remembering longtime South Carolina Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, who died Saturday at age 97.

  Students, staff, and leaders rally to ‘save’ Denmark Technical College

“I needed something that was like a bridge and if that’s taken away students in the community won’t have that," Tucker said.

  SC senator: Elementary school fight blamed for 5th grader’s death was just small scuffle

A South Carolina state senator who represents the area where a fifth grader died after an elementary school fight last week says it was only a small scuffle.

SC heartbeat abortion ban passes 1st vote

A South Carolina House subcommittee passed a bill that would ban almost all abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected after hearing over an hour of testimony from both supporters and detractors of the legislation.

VP Mike Pence stopping in Myrtle Beach Saturday to campaign for Sen. Lindsey Graham

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Myrtle Beach later this month as Sen. Lindsay Graham starts his 2020 re-election effort.

  SC governor announces pick for SC DSS director

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced his pick for the next leader of the state’s department of social services.

  SC Senator introduces resolution pushing for sale of Santee Cooper

The joint resolution has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Governor McMaster has tweeted about the legislation, calling it “clear and decisive leadership.”

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke in SC on 2-day grassroots road trip this weekend

The latest Democratic presidential hopeful, Beto O'Rourke, has announced his campaign will be in the Palmetto State this weekend.

  Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker to participate in CNN town hall, other events in SC

New Jersey Senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker is scheduled to participate in a series of events in South Carolina, one of which will be a televised town hall broadcasted on CNN.

  SC bill would require online training course for bartenders, servers

A bill that would require an online training course for bartender and servers has passed through the South Carolina Senate and is awaiting a House vote.

  McMaster: Carolina Panthers hope to relocate facilities, 150+ employees to South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that a meeting with leadership from the state’s general assembly and the Carolina Panthers are looking to moving their football operations to South Carolina.

  Group launches study on the potential impact of gaming, gambling in South Carolina

According to a 2017 Winthrop University poll, 67 percent of South Carolinians were in favor of allowing casinos if the revenue was used for a specific need, such as roads.

  SC Education Superintendent declares ‘fiscal emergency’ in the Sumter Co. School District

“Decisions that put the financial stability of a school district at risk and put the education of students and tax dollars of the public in jeopardy cannot be tolerated,” Spearman said in the announcement.

  Proposed SC bill would allow for Sunday liquor sales

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce has a question for its members – would they be in favor of Sunday liquor sales?

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley returns to Carolinas to honor National Guard

The former SC governor was keynote speaker at annual awards banquet.

  VP Pence to tour opportunity zones with Sen. Tim Scott in Columbia Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Columbia on Thursday, according to Senator Tim Scott’s office.

Secretary DeVos visits Pee Dee with Rep. Rice

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will join U.S. Congressman Tom Rice and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Florence.

  SC State Rep. Bales collapses on House floor for the second time in a year

South Carolina State Representative Jimmy Bales had another medical episode on the State House floor on Wednesday.

  Changes proposed for SC education bill after 5 hours of testimony

Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference to discuss education reform in South Carolina on Wednesday.

SC legislature considers ‘free-range parenting’ bill, would change state’s child neglect laws

The bill, S.79, refers to child protection and permanency but has been nicknamed the “free-range” parenting bill. Seen as the opposite of “helicopter” parenting, it would decide if the parents are responsible for harm or neglect if the child is left alone at a certain age.

  Gov. McMaster announces proposed statewide veterans affairs cabinet agency

Gov. Henry McMaster is scheduled to hold a press conference following the supporters of medical marijuana press conference during the 11 a.m. hour on Tuesday.

  Bill aims to curb coyote population in South Carolina

Sen. Goldfinch introduced a bill that would establish a coyote bounty program. The state would pay licensed hunters $75 for every adult coyote they lawfully remove.

  Proposed bill at SC Statehouse could make fake service animals a crime

In it, it would become a misdemeanor for anyone who breaches the term “service animal” in how their pet is represented.

  Former Gov. Nikki Haley coming back to nonprofit she founded in 2011

Haley will continue to be based in New York.

  Richland Co. elections director resigns after losing board’s confidence, report says

The Richland County Elections board is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss more than 1,000 votes that were not counted during the last election.

Advocates cite ‘sense of urgency’ as work on SC energy bill continues

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investments are on the line according to solar companies in South Carolina.

  State lawmakers, SC Governor, explore potential sale of Santee Cooper

According to a report from a consulting firm, there are more than a dozen bidders for the state-owned power utility, Santee Cooper.

Push for pro-life legislation renewed in SC State House

Dozens of pro-life supporters visited the State House Wednesday for Personhood Day.

Bill in the State House makes second attempt to bring the electric chair back to South Carolina

A similar bill also passed the State Senate in 2018 but did not pass the State House.

  Senators renew push to close ‘Charleston Loophole’

South Carolina lawmakers are renewing their push to close the ‘Charleston Loophole.’

  Proposed ‘DUI-E’ bill makes next steps in SC Statehouse

South Carolina has looked at Georgia’s “hands-free” bill signed into law in 2018.

New SC law would target pit bull overpopulation with registration, possible fine

A bill filed last week in the South Carolina Statehouse would require pit bull owners to register and microchip their dogs if they are not sterilized.

  Columbia councilman: ‘I support 1,000 percent requesting’ SLED, FBI investigation on ‘negligence’ at Allen Benedict apartments

“Two people died and hundreds of lives were upended, apparently due to negligence," Baddourah’s letter said. "That’s something we must take seriously.”

  Sen. Kamala Harris makes a stop in SC after announcing run for president

Just days after announcing her bid to run for president, Kamala Harris has made her way to the Palmetto State.

  Bill aims to prevent drivers from handling cell phones, watching videos while behind the wheel

Drivers could soon have to get used to getting behind the wheel without touching their electronic devices if a bill is signed into law.