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South Carolina Senate backs expanding school voucher program

Feb. 01, 2023 15:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators on Wednesday approved a scholarship accounts program that would vastly expand eligibility for private school tuition vouchers -- making them available to middle-class families rather than just those who qualify for Medicaid. The House...

Trump opens 2024 run, says he's 'more committed' than ever

Jan. 28, 2023 19:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump kicked off his 2024 White House bid with stops Saturday in New Hampshire and South Carolina, events in early-voting states marking the first campaign appearances since announcing his latest run more than two months ago. ...

Prosecutors to Congress: Let state prisons jam cellphones

Jan. 25, 2023 18:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Top state prosecutors from across the country are again urging Congress to pass legislation allowing state prisons to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates, devices the attorneys argue allow prisoners to plot violence and carry out crimes. ...

Tax money for students for private school on SC Senate floor

Jan. 15, 2023 15:41 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators said a bill that would give some less well off parents and guardians up to $6,000 a year for private school tuition will be the first thing they debate in the 2023 session. The proposal allowing vouchers passed the Senate Education...

Police fatally shoot man with knife in Columbia, Missouri

Jan. 12, 2023 14:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of assaulting several people at a mobile home park was fatally shot by police after a long standoff when he rushed at officers with a knife, police said. Two officers fired at Jordan Pruyn, 28, Wednesday night, Columbia Police spokesman Christian...

South Carolina US House district ruled racial gerrymander

Jan. 06, 2023 17:10 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal judges ordered South Carolina lawmakers to draw new congressional maps, ruling Friday that the U.S. House district lines of a seat flipped by Democrats four years ago were intentionally redrawn to split Black neighborhoods to dilute their voting power. ...

State senator embarrassed at public intoxication arrest

Jan. 04, 2023 11:51 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state senator in South Carolina charged with public intoxication after being found in his parked SUV in a strip mall lot said he is embarrassed and that law enforcement acted properly taking him to jail for several hours. Republican Sen. Tom Davis was issued...

Trailblazer on and in the court, Judge Casey Manning retires

Dec. 24, 2022 01:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of South Carolinians, including the governor and former state Supreme Court chief justices, on Thursday honored the vast career of Judge Casey Manning, who helped break the color barrier in college athletics and was known for bringing a sense of humor to the bench....

SC official says Alex Murdaugh will not face death penalty

Dec. 20, 2022 17:51 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for Alex Murdaugh when the disbarred attorney appears in court next month for a double murder trial that has drawn international attention. “After carefully reviewing this case and all the surrounding facts,...

Thompson scores 13, Columbia downs Lafayette 57-45

Dec. 12, 2022 21:49 PM EST

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Blair Thompson scored 13 points as Columbia beat Lafayette 57-45 on Monday night. Thompson had seven rebounds for the Lions (5-9). Avery Brown was 3 of 14 shooting, including 1 for 3 from distance, and went 4 for 4 from the line to add 11 points. Zavian McLean...