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Financial misdeeds allowed in Alex Murdaugh murder trial

Feb. 02, 2023 16:54 PM EST

A judge has ruled that prosecutors can call witnesses to testify how Alex Murdaugh allegedly stole money as part of the double murder trial for the disbarred South Carolina attorney as long as they can show it is convincing evidence and linked to the killings. Judge Clifton Newman on...

S. Carolina bill shielding death penalty drugmakers advances

Feb. 02, 2023 16:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans' quest to resume executions in South Carolina overcame another hurdle Thursday. The state Senate Corrections and Penology Committee approved a bill that would shield the identities of the companies that dispense the drug cocktail used to execute...

After bitter RNC meeting, Democrats look to project unity

Feb. 02, 2023 10:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after bitter divisions dominated a national Republican gathering, Democrats holding their own meeting are eager to showcase just how much they agree on. There will be no party chair fight since Jaime Harrison isn’t up for reelection until 2025. There is...

Both sides use trove of cell data at Alex Murdaugh trial

Feb. 01, 2023 18:34 PM EST

A state agent testifying Wednesday in Alex Murdaugh's double murder trial meticulously reconstructed activity from his iPhone and the cellphones of his son and wife the night they were killed to try to link the disgraced South Carolina attorney to the shooting deaths. The key...

Past defeats on police reform bedevil newly divided Congress

Feb. 01, 2023 18:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before President Joe Biden made his first address to Congress in 2021, a graphic video was released of a Black man being killed at the hands of police. The country watched the now hauntingly familiar scene play out across its screens. Family members...

N. Carolina senators want tougher utility attack penalties

Feb. 01, 2023 17:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Punishments would get tougher in North Carolina for intentionally damaging utility equipment — like what authorities say happened two months ago when tens of thousands of Moore County residents lost electricity for days — in legislation filed Wednesday by Senate...

South Carolina Senate backs expanding school voucher program

Feb. 01, 2023 15:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators on Wednesday approved a scholarship accounts program that would vastly expand eligibility for private school tuition vouchers -- making them available to middle-class families rather than just those who qualify for Medicaid. The House...

Trump starts 3rd White House bid lagging in campaign cash

Feb. 01, 2023 14:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s political operation started the year with about $25 million socked away for his recently launched 2024 presidential campaign, a sum that is substantially less than what he had on hand just one year ago, new campaign finance reports show. ...

Nikki Haley planning Feb. 15 launch for 2024 White House bid

Jan. 31, 2023 22:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nikki Haley is moving closer to making her presidential campaign official. On Wednesday, supporters of the former South Carolina governor will get an email invitation to a Feb. 15 launch event in Charleston, at which she plans to announce her campaign,...

Mississippi State gets second SEC win, 66-51 over Gamecocks

Jan. 31, 2023 20:37 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Shakeel Moore scored a career-high 22 points, Tolu Smith had 15 points and eight rebounds and Mississippi State beat South Carolina 66-51 on Tuesday night for its second SEC victory of the season. Mississippi State (14-8, 2-7), which was coming off an 81-74...