Latest South Carolina state government News

Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming's role

Feb. 16, 2019 7:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing their...

AP Exclusive: Lawsuit claims discrimination by foster agency

Feb. 15, 2019 6:15 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother accuses a federally funded South Carolina foster agency of not working with her because she's "not the right kind of Christian," her lawyers say. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Aimee Maddonna and her lawyers say Miracle Hill Ministries is unconstitutionally...

Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too

Feb. 14, 2019 5:02 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. Economic officials on Thursday removed the estimated $61 million windfall the winner was expected to pay in state income taxes from...

US secretly shipped plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada

Jan. 30, 2019 9:30 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Wednesday that it secretly shipped weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site in Nevada months ago despite the state's protests. The Justice Department notified a federal judge in Reno that the government trucked in the...

South Carolina group can deny gay couples as foster parents

Jan. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The federal government agreed Wednesday to allow federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina to deny services to same-sex or non-Christian couples. The waiver issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow Greenville's Miracle Hill Ministries to...

Sanders reaches out to black SC voters before 2020 decision

Jan. 23, 2019 12:18 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even before he announces whether he's a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina's African-American voters handed him in 2016. A day after speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in the state capital on Monday,...

Confederate flag from S. Carolina Statehouse put on display

Jan. 22, 2019 6:06 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last Confederate flag to fly at the South Carolina Statehouse has quietly been put on display at a museum, ending a three-year saga over what to do with the rebel banner, which was removed after nine black church members were killed in a racist attack on a Charleston church. On...

Police: School bus driver gets 34 kids away from fiery crash

Jan. 22, 2019 2:49 PM EST

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a school bus that caught fire after being rear-ended at a South Carolina rail crossing safely evacuated all 34 children aboard. The Palmetto Rural Fire Department says in a Facebook post that no one was seriously hurt in the crash Tuesday morning in...

Man struck and killed by pickup after escaping burning home

Jan. 14, 2019 11:24 AM EST

PAGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man escaped from his burning home, only to be struck and killed by a pickup truck on the street outside. A coroner says 53-year-old Tyrone Bush died around 6:45 a.m. Monday just outside his home in Pageland, South Carolina. Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser says...

The Latest: Clemson flag flies at South Carolina State House

Jan. 8, 2019 10:40 PM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff national championship (all times local): 10:05 a.m. The Clemson flag is flying over the South Carolina State House after the Tigers' national championship win over Alabama. The flag was also atop the capital's dome two years back when...