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CORRECTS TO JAN. 22, 2020-South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster delivers the State of the State address at the South Carolina Statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Governor asks SC in speech to boldly roar into the 20s

Jan. 22, 2020 9:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster said South Carolina is booming under his leadership, but needs to take bold action to make sure schoolchildren don't fall behind and let the state continue to prosper. McMaster delivered the governor's annual State of the State address to legislators on Wednesday....

SC Senate unanimously approves Aging Department leader

Jan. 22, 2020 8:27 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has a new director of the state Department of Aging. The Senate unanimously approved former mental health counselor Connie Munn to run the agency on Wednesday. Gov. Henry McMaster selected Munn after his first choice, longtime friend Stephen Morris, was rejected....

Text of Democratic response to SC State of the State address

Jan. 22, 2020 7:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The text of Democratic House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford's response to the 2020 governor's State of the State address as prepared. ___ Good evening, my name is Todd Rutherford. I represent the people of House District 74 in Richland County and I serve as the House Democratic...

Text of South Carolina governor's State of the State address

Jan. 22, 2020 7:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The text of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's 2020 State of the State address as prepared. ___ Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, my fellow South Carolinians: I begin tonight by recognizing those South Carolinians in...

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess waits for a Senate subcommittee hearing on whether he should become the new director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. Burgess' confirmation stalled after the discovery of six years of tax liens. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Old tax debt stalls SC governor's Public Safety leader pick

Jan. 21, 2020 6:23 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster's choice to lead the South Carolina Department of Safety failed to properly pay his taxes in years past, a disclosure that stalled the nomination Tuesday. North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said the IRS filed six years of the income tax liens against him...

South Carolina senators suggesting education bill changes

Jan. 21, 2020 4:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State senators have started suggesting changes to a massive bill meant to overhaul South Carolina education. Among the first amendments proposed Tuesday would add three teachers to the South Carolina School Board. Other proposals expected to come up for debate are changes to student...

Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Jr. Day march

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hit pause on their recent feuds Monday as they walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets of South Carolina’s capital city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rally around their push to defeat President Donald Trump in...

Senate President Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, presides over the opening day of South Carolina's 2020 legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Education overhaul bill set for debate in SC Senate

Jan. 20, 2020 10:44 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators will return to the Statehouse this week with a long, complex debate in front of them. Senate leaders have said they will take as much time as needed to debate the education overhaul bill they have been working on for nearly a year. Senate Education Committee...

Accreditation board: McMaster had undue influence on search

Jan. 19, 2020 2:50 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The group that awards accreditation the University of South Carolina has determined Gov. Henry McMaster had undue influence on last year's search for a new president. The determination by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools means the university will have to submit a...

SC Gov. McMaster gets ready of State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2020 1:00 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is set to give his State of the State speech on Wednesday. McMaster is expected to outline his goals for 2020 in the speech at the Statehouse in Columbia which typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes. The governor gave some hints about his priorities when...