Latest South Carolina state government News

Sanford takes his first 2020 campaign trip to New Hampshire

Sep. 19, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mark Sanford's first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire began with an interruption in the hopes of being heard. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, entered a Manchester diner and found his way to an AARP meeting in the back. "Can I be rude?" he...

Signs removed naming SC highway for disgraced commissioner

Sep. 19, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State officials have removed signs naming the expressway leading to Columbia's airport for a South Carolina transportation board member who pleaded guilty to obstructing a federal investigation. The "John N. Hardee Expressway" signs were removed Thursday after the same state...

Former SC lawmaker, businessman laid to rest

Sep. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Funeral services have been held for former South Carolina lawmaker Julius Murray, who died last week at the age of 81. The State reports friends and family paid their last respects Tuesday to Murray, one of the first African Americans to serve on the Richland County Council. A U.S....

Classic campaign event draws Democrats to South Carolina

Sep. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Four Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina on Monday for what organizers call the oldest traditional campaign speech event in the country, taking an opportunity to continue to make their cases ahead of the first Southern vote of 2020. On Monday, Joe...

Former SC governor candidate Warren sells stake in firm

Sep. 16, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Republican candidate for governor in South Carolina John Warren is selling his stake in the mortgage company he founded and leaving little doubt that his first run for public office in 2018 won't be his last. Warren said Monday that he sold his majority stake in Lima One...

Cleanup of South Carolina's 'Mount Trashmore' may cost $4.5M

Sep. 13, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

OKATIE, S.C. (AP) — It may cost taxpayers $4.5 million to clean up a blazing, towering pile of garbage known as Mount Trashmore in South Carolina. Crews have been working to extinguish, clean and remove smoldering trash at the Able Contracting recycling center near Bluffton for over a month, yet the mounds...

SC woman arrested for giving contraband to inmate

Sep. 10, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Corrections says it has arrested a 62-year-old woman for providing contraband to an inmate. WCIV-TV reports while visiting an inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution on Sunday, Barbara A. Vance, of Ruffin, gave an inmate 46 grams of tobacco that was...

SC to consider abortion ban; bill faces uncertain future

Sep. 10, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small group of South Carolina senators held a daylong hearing Tuesday on whether South Carolina should join about a half-dozen other states in banning nearly all abortions , but the Southern state might not be ready to follow some of its conservative compatriots. More than 50 people...

South Carolina lawmaker recovers from copperhead snake bite

Sep. 10, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina legislator is recovering at home after being bitten by a venomous copperhead snake in his front yard. News outlets report Lexington Rep. Chris Wooten was letting his dog out Sunday when the snake attacked. He told The State he's expected to be okay, but was in the...

Ex-SC Gov. Sanford adds name to GOP long shots against Trump

Sep. 9, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, joined the Republican race against President Donald Trump on Sunday, aiming to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he pursues an admittedly remote path to the presidency. "I am here to tell you now...