Latest South Carolina state government News

Ian lashes South Carolina as Florida surveys devastation

Sep. 30, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A revived Hurricane Ian made landfall on coastal South Carolina on Friday, threatening the historic city of Charleston with severe flooding after the deadly storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and trapped thousands in their homes. Ian’s center came...

McMaster pauses campaign events as Hurricane Ian hits SC

Sep. 30, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has temporarily suspended campaign activities as he leads the state's response to Hurricane Ian. McMaster's campaign told The Associated Press that the Republican incumbent would cancel a fundraiser scheduled for Friday...

South Carolina lawmakers won't pass stricter abortion laws

Sep. 27, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Abortion laws in South Carolina almost certainly won't get more restrictive, after Republicans in the General Assembly could not agree on a total ban on the procedure during a special legislative session Tuesday. South Carolina was for decades at the forefront...

South Carolina House rejects bill that would have made the state’s six-week ban on abortion more restrictive

Sep. 27, 2022 15:53 PM EDT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House rejects bill that would have made the state’s six-week ban on abortion more restrictive.

South Carolina cannabis fight persists in farmer's lawsuit

Sep. 26, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina farmer is suing several state agencies in federal court on grounds they conspired to deny him his due process rights after authorities in 2019 destroyed his hemp crop, which was grown in unregistered fields. In a federal lawsuit filed Sept....

Worker was dead in Belk department store bathroom for 4 days

Sep. 21, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 63-year-old worker died in the public bathroom of a South Carolina department store, but her body was not discovered for four days, authorities said. Bessie Durham, who worked for an outside company that cleans the Belk store at Columbiana Centre, was found...

In South Carolina, Harris urges students to vote in midterms

Sep. 20, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris visited two historically Black colleges in South Carolina to push for voter registration as she focuses on places and demographics that will be key to Democrats’ chances to hold on to Congress in the midterm elections. In remarks...

Congregation moves on after settlement of complex lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Many Christians believe in the adage that “only God can turn a test into a testimony,” but two Sumter congregations have more than believed that in the last decade with their facilities. They’ve lived it. The pastors of The Church of the Holy Comforter in...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 15, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

The Index-Journal. September 15, 2022. Editorial: Lindsey Graham, the artful sailor For the purposes of this writing, let’s set aside our individual views on the topic of abortion. Instead, let’s simply look at our state’s long-serving Sen. Lindsey Graham and...

SC Supreme Court OKs suit over $75M fee to private lawyers

Sep. 14, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a judge needs to decide whether the state attorney general had the right to give $75 million of a $600 million settlement with the federal government over nuclear material storage to private attorneys who helped broker...