Latest South Carolina state government News

Instagram famous firehouse cat gets stuck in drain pipe

Nov. 16, 2018 9:02 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A stray cat that made a home of a South Carolina fire department and became Instagram famous got himself stuck in a drain pipe beneath the station. The Greenville News reports Flame, also known as "Arson Cat," was found late Wednesday in a 12-inch (30-centimeter) storm drain that...

After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

Nov. 14, 2018 5:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina. On Friday, former Massachusetts...

Lawyers: Cops didn't have key as women drowned in police van

Nov. 8, 2018 3:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two women drowned in the back of a locked cage while being taken for involuntary commitment to a mental hospital because the police van they were in took an unsafe route and rolled over, and deputies lacked a key or bolt cutters to get them out, a lawyer for one of the women's...

The Latest: Lawyer: Doors blocked, locked when women drowned

Nov. 8, 2018 12:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on state Senate hearings into the drowning of two mental health patients during Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11:15 a.m. An attorney for the family of one of the two South Carolina mental health patients who drowned in the back of a police van says one door was...

South Carolina paper prints incorrect US House victor

Nov. 7, 2018 11:24 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Publication deadlines led a South Carolina newspaper to go to print showing the wrong winner for what turned out to be the state's most significant call in this year's midterm elections. The State newspaper in Columbia printed its Wednesday edition with the headline, "Arrington goes...

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina wins a full term, defeating Democrat James Smith

Nov. 6, 2018 9:48 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina wins a full term, defeating Democrat James Smith.

Democrat making noise in typically Republican SC district

Nov. 1, 2018 3:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats trying to flip a U.S. House seat in South Carolina for the first time since 1986 are pouring most of their state efforts into a coastal district where Republican primary voters ousted the incumbent, instead choosing an enthusiastic backer of President Donald Trump. Democrat...

South Carolina governor candidates clash in final debate

Oct. 25, 2018 10:24 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In the closing days before the Nov. 6 general election, the men vying to be South Carolina's next governor have given voters their final chance to see a side-by-side comparison of their stance on issues including tax cuts, medical marijuana and tariffs proposed by the Trump...

Group: Foster waiver sought by SC governor unconstitutional

Oct. 23, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A waiver that seeks to allow federally funded foster care agencies to continue to deny services to same-sex or non-Christian couples is unconstitutional, a civil rights group argued Tuesday. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Anti-Defamation League...

AP Interview: Sanders foresees 'progressive' South Carolina

Oct. 20, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two years after a tough loss in South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders returned Saturday to the state where he said his progressive message is resonating more strongly than before. In an interview with The Associated Press following a rally attended by...