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Interim Greenville Sheriff reflects on his time in office

Jan. 18, 2020 12:01 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Johnny Mack Brown opened the door to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office nearly two years ago expecting to step into a discouraged agency. The smiles he saw when he walked in took him by surprise. The sitting sheriff, Will Lewis, in April 2018 was indicted and suspended...

Group of SC senators send along offshore drilling ban

Jan. 15, 2020 2:19 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small group of South Carolina senators wasted no time in passing a bill that would likely halt drilling for oil or natural gas off the state's coast. A subcommittee voted 4-1 Wednesday to send the bill to the full Senate Agriculture Committee. The proposal prevents state and local...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 15, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 14 The Post and Courier on Clemson University's lost to Louisiana State University in the College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson’s 42-25 loss to Louisiana State University in Monday (Jan. 13) night’s national championship...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks in support of a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina at a rally on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. The supporters of the heartbeat bill want Senators to vote on the proposal, while Senate leaders said they don't have the votes and it would bog down other debates. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC supporters of abortion restrictions vow to keep fighting

Jan. 15, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina want some leaders in the South Carolina Senate to know they won't let the proposal quietly die. Hundreds of them packed a Statehouse lobby Wednesday to call for a vote on the bill whose only likely obstacle to...

Ivey remains noncommittal on refugee settlements in Alabama

Jan. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has yet to decide whether Alabama will accept the resettlement of new refugees, as a key deadline approaches next week. Alabama is one of a handful of states that has not announced a decision after President Donald Trump said agencies must get written permission from...

Lots to tax relief, raises in SC governor's new budget plan

Jan. 13, 2020 5:09 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants to give back nearly a quarter of the state's almost $2 billion surplus through rebate checks based on how much tax someone pays and a five-year plan to cut income tax rates. McMaster released his spending plan for next budget year on Monday,...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, New South Carolina Senate President Harvey Peeler listens as former Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman speaks in Columbia, S.C.. South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 for the 2020 session with an agenda that looks a lot like what they tried to tackle in 2019.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

2020 in the South Carolina Legislature a lot like 2019

Jan. 11, 2020 9:04 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers return to the State House on Tuesday facing most of the same big issues that were hovering around in 2019. Education, the future of state-owned utility Santee Cooper and maybe even abortion will take up plenty of the Legislature's time as they typically meet...

South Carolina governor wants to expand pre-K statewide

Jan. 9, 2020 2:22 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster wants to expand full-day pre-kindergarten for low-income 4-year-olds to every school district across South Carolina. The program was created in 2006 in response to a lawsuit by poorer, more rural school districts and didn't cover all the districts in the state....

Employees on SC health plan now can get virtual urgent care

Jan. 9, 2020 2:07 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Medical University of South Carolina is providing free urgent care visits online for people on the state's health care plan. People needing medical care for things like colds, stomach viruses and other minor ailments can go to www.musc.care or call 843-261-5940 and arrange a visit...

SC school district's teachers, employees to get $1K bonus

Jan. 8, 2020 6:14 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina school district has approved $1,000 bonuses for about 3,600 employees. The bonuses, unanimously approved by the Richland 2 School Board on Tuesday, will go to teachers, but also all other full-time, permanent employees such as technology personnel, Superintendent...