Latest South Carolina state government News

Suit aims to reclaim money from the government for taxpayers

Oct. 22, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit seeks to get $300 million for taxpayers in a South Carolina county after the county council voted against returning fees scrapped by the state supreme court. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in June that the Greenville County...

Powerful South Carolina lawmaker Leatherman in hospice care

Oct. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State Sen. Hugh Leatherman, South Carolina's oldest and most powerful state lawmaker, is currently receiving hospice care after the discovery of what colleagues described as an inoperable cancer. Leatherman's staff notified a handful of lawmakers...

Lawmakers: South Carolina redistricting lawsuit is premature

Oct. 21, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leading South Carolina Republican lawmakers are dismissing allegations they are taking too long to draw new congressional and legislative districts, arguing that legal action should be held off until new lines are actually drawn. The response came...

Probate judge suspended for 2nd time for Facebook posts

Oct. 18, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the probate judge in Oconee County for 18 months for breaking judicial rules for a second time. Kenneth “Kenny” Johns improperly acted as a character witness for an out-of-state legal proceeding...

SC unveils portrait of Reconstruction-era Black senator

Oct. 16, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has put up a portrait of a Reconstruction-era Black lawmaker in the state Senate chamber — part of an effort to recognize a broader array of historical figures in a place that once flew the Confederate battle flag at the Statehouse. ...

Retired officer, SC senator work to fund cancer research

Oct. 16, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — In 2017, retired Aiken Public Safety Lt. David Turno placed a ribbon magnet on the back of his vehicle signifying his victory over brain cancer. After a car wash, the magnet — representing his fight for survival — disappeared. On Oct. 12, Gov. Henry McMaster held a...

Nuclear reservation operator sued over vaccine mandate

Oct. 15, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The operator of a sprawling federal nuclear reservation in South Carolina says the vast majority of its 5,500 workers are now vaccinated against COVID-19 after the company mandated the shots. But nearly 80 Savannah River Site employees who have...

Ex-SC sheriff off to prison on 1-year misconduct sentence

Oct. 13, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former sheriff in South Carolina reported to prison Wednesday to serve a one-year sentence for using his power and office to pressure a personal assistant to have sex with him. The South Carolina Supreme Court refused to reconsider its August...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 13, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

The (Charleston) Post and Courier. Oct. 9, 2021. Editorial: Murdaugh mystery raises questions about SC legal system. We need answers Even the best system can’t stop a determined criminal from committing crimes. But the unfolding...

Dismissal upheld in SC lawsuit over unemployment benefits

Oct. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit against Gov. Henry McMaster over his early exit from federal unemployment programs providing extra money to residents during the pandemic. The unanimous opinion upheld State Circuit...