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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, center, with Rep. Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, left, and Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, right, delivers the State of the State address at the South Carolina Statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

$100M for rural roads part of $10B budget going to SC House

Feb. 20, 2020 9:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's $10 billion state spending plan is on its way to the House floor after the budget writing committee made only a few changes to the governor's proposal. One chief addition the House Ways and Means approved Thursday was adding a state disaster relief fund that can be...

Court rules residents can contest cruise ship terminal plan

Feb. 20, 2020 4:05 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — TheSouth Carolina Supreme Court ruled that residents have the legal right to challenge the proposed construction of a new cruise ship terminal in Charleston. The ruling Wednesday sends the case back to administrative law court, news outlets reported. The State Ports Authority has...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Feb. 19, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 18 The Times and Democrat on tax fraud: Perhaps you were not aware that the first week in February was Tax Fraud Awareness Week. No problem as every week has some kind of designation. But awareness of the issues surrounding tax fraud is particularly...

Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, arrives to speak at a campaign event at the home of state Senate candidate Richard Hricik in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Klobuchar revisits flub about Mexico's leader

Feb. 18, 2020 10:36 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Amy Klobuchar is trying to make amends for not being able to name Mexico’s president recently -- but she's still making a small mistake. The Minnesota senator was unable to name Mexican President Andres Manuel...

FILE - This April 9, 2012 file photo shows construction well underway for new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, S.C. South Carolina could pay off billions in debt and end uncertainty over lawsuits if it sells its state-owned utility, Santee Cooper, but the move would cost ratepayers more money over the next 20 years, state fiscal officials say in a report released Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

SC senators take 1st crack at Santee Cooper future questions

Feb. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first of more than a dozen hearings by the General Assembly on whether South Carolina should sell its state-owned utility had senators on Tuesday questioning the officials who reviewed the proposals. The Department of Administration released a 111-page report Tuesday detailing...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump to visit South Carolina ahead of Democratic primary

Feb. 18, 2020 4:05 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — He’s not competing in a primary in the state, but President Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance in South Carolina just before Democrats hold their primary election there. Trump told reporters on Tuesday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he would hold an event...

Senate unanimously approves new SC wildlife agency director

Feb. 17, 2020 12:39 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has approved the new leader of the state wildlife agency. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to make Robert Boyles Jr. the new director of the state Department of Natural Resources. The agency's board had recommended Boyles at its November meeting. Boyles...

McMaster now the oldest governor South Carolina has ever had

Feb. 16, 2020 12:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is now the oldest person to ever hold that office. McMaster turned 72 years and 262 days old on Thursday, one day older than James Byrnes when he left office in January 1955. “I’m glad to be living” the Republican governor told...

An audience of only South Carolina senators and House members listen as officials give a briefing on bids to buy or manage state owned utility Santee Cooper on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. This was the first of more than a dozen meetings on Santee Cooper's future scheduled for the next month. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

Public utility's future in SC to dominate Legislature's time

Feb. 13, 2020 4:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No matter whether South Carolina lawmakers choose to sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper, have another company manage it or let the utility continue to operate itself, one thing is certain — that complex decision is going to dominate the Legislature's time. The first of what...

State Sen. Mike Fanning, center, eats a dessert offered to him by teachers as he talks with them after the South Carolina Senate’s session on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. Fanning, a Democrat from Great Falls, is casting himself as the biggest advocate for teachers in the Senate’s education debate. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Big issues press SC Senate as education debate in 5th week

Feb. 12, 2020 5:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For nearly a year, South Carolina senators have carefully and methodically worked on a bill that would overhaul public education in South Carolina. But time to consider the bill might be running out. Wednesday marked the 13th day of floor debate on the proposal with senators still...