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  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.

SC lawmakers approve pro sports incentive plan

  Biden stops by SC church Sunday during weekend campaign visit

  SC lawmakers consider new ride-share safety measure

Biden expected to announce campaign stops in South Carolina soon

  SC Senate subcommittee makes change to proposed ridesharing safety bill

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

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SC could implement tolls to fund improvements to I-95

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

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

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

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

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

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

  SC governor announces pick for SC DSS director

  SC Senator introduces resolution pushing for sale of Santee Cooper

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

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

  SC bill would require online training course for bartenders, servers

  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.

  Political No Show: SC Reps skip out on meeting regarding $1,000 rebate

If you ask the SCE&G customers, they say it comes down to typical crooked politician behavior. If you ask the politicians, they say, it’s all just a misunderstanding.

  Gov. Henry McMaster focuses on education in first State of the State address as elected governor

McMaster’s office confirmed the governor’s State of the State address to the General Assembly will be delivered at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23.

  HHS: SC’s faith-based foster care, adoption providers are ok, ACLU calls practice discrimination

Gov. McMaster joined the fight against this policy when a Greenville faith-based center, Miracle Hill Ministries, whose requirement for Christians-only became a contested issue.

Text of South Carolina governor’s State of the State address

Following is the text of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's second State of the State address

  WATCH: SC AG Wilson to speak as part of a coalition opposing legalized marijuana

Attorney General Alan Wilson will speak as part of a news conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. to voice opposition to legalized marijuana.

  Confederate flag that once flew over SC Statehouse now on display in state’s Confederate Relic Room

The flag is now on exhibit at the South Carolina Relic Room and Military Museum.

  Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses a student audience at Benedict College Tuesday

Sanders (I-VT) spoke to students at an event called “A conversation with students.”

Proposed bill would increase cigarette taxes to raise SC teachers' pay

The proposed bill suggest cigarette tax should be increase by five cents on each cigarette that will help increase pay raises for South Carolina teachers.

  Hundreds attend SC NAACP 2019 MLK Day at the Dome event in Columbia

The theme of the event is “Education First: Illuminating the Path to Change.”

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announces a cabinet appointment in Columbia

Governor Henry McMaster introduced two distinguished members of the military with strong ties to the Palmetto State as members of his cabinet on Thursday.

Rep. Cunningham asks for his paycheck to be withheld during shutdown

Wednesday marked day 26 of the shutdown.

ICYMI: ACLU South Carolina Legislative town hall at the Statehouse

Coming up Wednesday, Jan. 16, legislative leaders from around the state will join WIS for a town hall.

  SC lawmakers introduce medical marijuana bill to the Statehouse Tuesday

Lawmakers will meet to discuss medical marijuana in the Palmetto State on Tuesday.

  Gov. McMaster says extra $1B in 2019 budget will go to state education, South Carolina’s prosperity

Governor Henry McMaster will release his executive budget for the 2019 -2020 at 10:45 a.m. at the Statehouse.

  Majority Whip James Clyburn says Americans are ‘hostages’ over president’s demands for border wall

U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) issued a strong statement against President Donald Trump’s border wall in a statement over the weekend.

  WATCH LIVE: Gov. McMaster to be sworn-in at 97th inaugural celebration open to the public

The 97th Inaugural Celebration will start with a prayer service and there are events scheduled throughout the day as the governor is sworn into office.

  Electric scooters may not be coming to Columbia

Electric scooters may no longer be coming to Columbia for at least another year.

  SC AG Wilson joins lawsuit against Trump administration to block offshore drilling

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a motion in federal court on Monday to join a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block planned seismic testing and offshore drilling along the South Carolina coast.

  SC lawmakers propose 7 percent gun fee for added security in schools

With the General Assembly back in session beginning Jan. 8, we’re taking a look at some of the proposed legislation up for debate.

  Sumter teen selected for prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program

A Sumter teen will rub elbows with some of the world's most powerful leaders next spring in Washington D.C., after being selected as a student delegate to represent South Carolina in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

  Congaree National Park remains open during partial government shutdown without a few amenities

The park will remain “as accessible as possible” and visitors will still have to follow all applicable laws and procedures.

Graham: Withdrawing from Syria would be ‘Obama-like mistake’

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said a U.S. withdrawal from Syria would "lead to devastating consequences for our nation, the region, and throughout the world."

  Clyburn elected as Majority Whip for U.S. House Democrats

Rep. Jim Clyburn has been elected as House Majority Whip by the U.S. House Democratic Caucus.

SC Gov. wins court fight in Santee Cooper leader dispute

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Henry McMaster has the authority to temporarily appoint a new chairman of the board of a state-owned utility without the Legislature's permission

  Committee set to decide fate of the official SC state flag

A five-person committee met on Tuesday at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History to discuss a proposal to pick one design for all flag makers to follow.

  SC residents line up for water donations despite water being deemed safe by city, state officials

Several Denmark, SC residents stood in a long line Friday morning, and it was not for Black Friday deals.

  Former SC solicitor Dan Johnson indicted on 36 additional federal charges

Former Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson has been indicted on 36 additional federal charges, U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced Wednesday.

  Cunningham: Politics should be about ‘working together to do what’s right’

Congressman-Elect Joe Cunningham said his campaign resonated with voters in the Lowcountry and beyond during his victory speech Wednesday night in Charleston.

Katie Arrington calls out Mark Sanford in speech about Joe Cunningham election win

Before polls closed across South Carolina, Republican Congressional candidate Katie Arrington was labeling her campaign’s watch party a “victory party.”

  Sen. Lindsey Graham makes statement on Sessions resignation despite rumors he may be picked

Despite talk that he may be the next U.S. Attorney General, Senator Lindsey Graham released a statement through his office, saying the outgoing AG, Jeff Sessions, "served our nation honorably."

  TALK OF THE TOWN: It’s the day after the elections - now what?

Winners, losers, some surprises and record absentee voting. Mike Campbell is the son of former Governor Carroll Campbell and has analysis of Election Day results.

  Midlands counties show higher voter turnout than previous elections

Some counties in the Midlands show a notably higher voter turnout compared to previous elections.

  Should the Governor be able to appoint the state superintendent?

Voters were asked if they believed the governor should be able to decide who should be appointed to the Superintendent of Education for the state.