Latest South Carolina state government News

Federal judge overturns South Carolina school mask ban

Sep. 28, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday suspended South Carolina from enforcing a rule that banned school districts from requiring masks for students. Parents of disabled children, helped by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the state saying the ban...

SC senators debate how to spend $525M in plutonium deal

Sep. 28, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Along with billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief money, South Carolina lawmakers have another large bonus pot of money to spend soon — $525 million from the federal government over plutonium still sitting inside the state. The money is...

SC House holds more redistricting meetings as maps delayed

Sep. 26, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House will take online testimony this week about redistricting as it appears the General Assembly won't take up the new maps for U.S. House and state Senate and House districts for several months. The House's redistricting...

At SC historic marker, 2 women trace their family histories

Sep. 26, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Waiting on the sidewalk on Broad Street, Margaret Seidler held a copy of the book that led her to the woman she was about to meet. After months of emails and long phone calls, they’d decided to convene in front of the bronze historic marker...

Public comment wanted on I-26 widening, I-95 exit upgrades

Sep. 25, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina transportation officials want to hear from the public about a project to widen part of Interstate 26 and improve one of the state's key interchanges. The state is spending $19 million on preliminary engineering work to widen 22...

South Carolina Senate cancels next month's special session

Sep. 24, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate won't meet in special session next month after all. Senate President Harvey Peeler sent a letter Friday to senators canceling the special session set to begin Oct. 12. They were supposed to debate how to spend billions of...

S. Carolina senators hear testimony on COVID-19 treatments

Sep. 23, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina continues to grapple with thousands of new coronavirus cases that have burdened hospitals and disrupted schools, the panel of lawmakers that oversees medical issues is gathering testimony from people who want greater access to unproven alternative...

South Carolina's Confederate monument protection law upheld

Sep. 22, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in the same ruling, ...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 22, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

The (Charleston) Post and Courier. Sept. 20, 2021. Editorial: SC on track for marriage of cheaper, greener electricity. We can’t back down South Carolinians got taken to the cleaners in the V.C. Summer nuclear debacle. Those of us who underwrote the...

South Carolina agencies to get grants to help crime victims

Sep. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Millions of dollars in government grants will soon flow to a variety of agencies that work with crime victims, state officials announced. The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced that more than $32 million will go to...