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SC House leaders back bill to remove governor as USC trustee

Dec. 13, 2019 4:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some of the most powerful leaders in the South Carolina House, including Speaker Jay Lucas, are supporting a new bill that would remove the governor from the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. The bill, filed Thursday, also would remove the state education...

Senate education bill adds 5 extra days for SC teachers

Dec. 12, 2019 7:43 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina teachers would work an extra five days each year as long as lawmakers could find the money to pay them, under a change state senators made to an educational overhaul bill Thursday. After months of work, the Senate Education Committee approved its version of a bill...

SC given federal OK to make some Medicaid recipients work

Dec. 12, 2019 2:30 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has been given permission to require some people receiving Medicaid to work, volunteer or take job training to keep getting their health care, Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday. South Carolina is the 10th state to be granted the waiver, although court challenges have...

Rep. Cox picked as 1st head of new SC Veterans' Affairs Dept

Dec. 11, 2019 3:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A military veteran serving as a freshman state lawmaker has been selected as the first secretary of South Carolina's newest Cabinet-level agency. Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday named Greenville Rep. Bobby Cox as his choice to lead the Department of Veterans' Affairs, calling him a...

No accreditation punishment for Univ of SC in president hunt

Dec. 10, 2019 6:11 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina will not be punished by a group that accredits colleges after accusations it allowed the selection of its new president to be influenced by outside political forces. The university will continue to be monitored by the Southern Association of Colleges...

SC governor wants to give all teachers a $3,000 raise

Dec. 10, 2019 6:01 PM EST

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday that he wants to give a $3,000 raise for all the state's nearly 53,000 teachers in next year's budget as part of a promise by Republican lawmakers to get paychecks above the national average by 2024. The latest raise proposal would cost...

SC Governor's Mansion open house to show off Christmas decor

Dec. 8, 2019 9:46 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his family are opening up the governor's mansion on Monday to show off their Christmas decorations. The open house at the mansion will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the governor's residence in downtown Columbia. Admission is free, but...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

North Charleston chief governor’s pick for SC Public Safety

Nov. 27, 2019 4:55 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is nominating the police chief in North Charleston to be the next leader at the agency that includes state troopers. McMaster sent a letter Wednesday nominating Reggie Burgess to take over for Public Safety Department Director Leroy Smith, who the...

Indictments: School board member embezzled money

Nov. 27, 2019 3:16 PM EST

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a school board member in South Carolina took money he was given to attend a conference, then never went. Another indictment issued Tuesday against Florence District 1 Board Member E.J. McIver says he used a district credit card to buy more than $700 in meals, groceries...