Latest South Carolina state government News

Current South Carolina state flag will keep flying, for now

Jun. 13, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There’s a South Carolina state senator who looks at the furor over changing the design of the state flag much in the way he sees his wife. “A photograph of my wife is always different, but it’s always beautiful,” the adoring lawmaker, state...

SCDOT: Road money drops without higher electric car fees

Jun. 12, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The woman in charge of South Carolina roads is warning lawmakers that the growth in electric vehicles will mean a drop in how much the state has to spend on roads unless they make some changes. Electric cars don't pay the gas tax because they don't...

End of COVID-19 emergency means end of curbside beer in SC

Jun. 12, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster's decision to end the COVID-19 state of emergency in South Carolina means it's back to being illegal to buy beer and wine outside of a store. During the pandemic, McMaster's emergency order allowed grocery and other stores to...

Federal judge won't halt upcoming South Carolina executions

Jun. 11, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday declined to halt the upcoming executions of two South Carolina prisoners slated to die later this month under the state’s recently revised capital punishment law. U.S. District Judge Bryan Harwell issued the decision to...

The Latest: South Carolina ends academic year with deficit

Jun. 11, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The South Carolina athletic department said it will end its academic year with a $27 million deficit due to fewer people at football games last season and the...

State transportation worker in SC killed in head-on crash

Jun. 10, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Department of Transportation worker was killed Thursday morning in a head-on collision on a Greenwood County highway, authorities said. Charles “Chuck” Kennedy, 59, was driving an agency vehicle to a work site with two other...

Senate panel votes no confidence in Juvenile Justice leader

Jun. 09, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of state senators investigating South Carolina's juvenile prison system voted Wednesday that they have no confidence in Department of Juvenile Justice Director Freddie Pough. The vote by a Senate subcommittee came after a four-hour hearing...

Court nixes South Carolina's lifelong sex offender registry

Jun. 09, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a state law requiring sex offenders to register for life, without prior judicial review, is unconstitutional. In a unanimous ruling, justices wrote that “requirement that sex offenders must...

SC House budget: Raises for public workers; no vaccine lotto

Jun. 09, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House on Wednesday put its final touches on the state's nearly $11 billion budget, spending more money than anticipated after the economic problems from the COVID-19 pandemic weren't as bad as feared. The spending plan for the...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 09, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

(Charleston) Post and Courier. June 7, 2021. Editorial: Santee Cooper compromise is a big step forward, but there’s more to do People who were determined to sell Santee Cooper no matter what will complain that the plan up for final approval in the...