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  Sen. Warren to take part in Student Loan Debt Relief Act Town Hall in Orangeburg

Senate committee formed to investigate hiring of UofSC president Caslen

Former Lexington Co. Council chairman Banning passes away

  Politics Explained: President Trump’s attacks on Joe Biden and his son

  Former U.S. Representative, Lowcountry businessman file lawsuit claiming SCGOP broke state law by canceling primary

  Politics explained: More on the unclassified whistleblower complaint

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Foundation says S.C. governor violated Constitution with prayers

  Juul faces uncertain future: What that means for the Lexington County e-cigarette plant

  SC party leaders react to this potentially historic impeachment inquiry

  State lawmaker looking into potential ban of flavored vaping products

  Emily England Clyburn -- librarian, philanthropist and wife of Rep. Jim Clyburn -- dies at age 80

SCDOT Commission removes former commissioner’s name from sign in Columbia

  Democratic presidential hopefuls speak to SC voters at historic venue

For the first time ever, a special meeting was held at the Galivants Ferry Stump just for presidential candidates.

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

Four of the top Democratic presidential candidates made their case to voters in Galivants Ferry Monday evening during the Galivants Ferry Stump.

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

Members of the House Legislative Oversight Committee continued their work on addressing the affordable housing crisis while they study the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.

State lawmakers to tour Veranda and discuss affordable housing in SC

A House committee within the South Carolina Legislature will tour the Veranda at North Main, an affordable housing complex available through SC Housing, 10 a.m. Thursday.

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

  Schedule announced for Congressman Joe Wilson’s Annual Bus Tour

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

Former Vice President Joe Biden is still leading the pack among South Carolina Democrats, according to a new poll.

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

Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) will file a bill to remove the governor from the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina. Currently, the Governor of South Carolina serves as the ex officio chair of the board.

  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.

Supporters of embattled USC presidential finalist Robert Caslen are speaking out, one day after a judge blocked a controversial vote requested by Governor Henry McMaster asking the university’s board of trustees to vote on Caslen as the school’s next president.

  Lawmakers push to close wage gap in S.C.

Lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills earlier this year that aim to make pay based on factors like effort, responsibility, and skill.

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

The Richland County Council passed the first reading of a ban that would limit the use of single-use plastic bags.

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

For the first time since 2016, the South Carolina Secessionist Party will not hold its annual Confederate Flag Rally on State House grounds, an event typically held every July 10. Instead, there are other events planned for the day.

South Carolina DHEC letter halts seismic testing in state waters

A letter from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to one of five companies that requested permits to conduct seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic, has halted the testing in state waters.

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

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris is returning to South Carolina for two campaign stops.

  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.