Latest South Carolina News

SC may use firing squad as death penalty workaround

Apr. 25, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would add firing squads to the state's existing execution methods. The House Criminal Laws subcommittee on Thursday approved a Senate proposal that also changes South Carolina's default execution method to the electric chair....

SC House gives near final backing to heartbeat abortion bill

Apr. 24, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House gave near final approval to a bill Wednesday that would ban almost all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, but the measure may have little chance of clearing the Senate. The House voted 70-31 to give the bill second reading after more than five...

Indictments: Sheriff took money, spent on food, window tint

Apr. 24, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff was indicted Wednesday after authorities said his chief deputy reported he was using county funds and drug seizure money to buy groceries, window tinting and other personal items. Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone was charged with two felony counts of...

The Latest: Chief deputy reported sheriff spending to cops

Apr. 24, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of a South Carolina sheriff (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Authorities say the chief deputy in a South Carolina county reported what he thought was improper spending by the sheriff, who has now been arrested. Interim Florence County Sheriff Billy Barnes said...

South Carolina: Uber bill spurred by killing nears passage

Apr. 24, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill supporters say will make ride sharing services like Uber safer is a step closer to passing in South Carolina. The proposal was spurred by last month's killing of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, who police say mistakenly got into the car of...

Sheriff: SC man shoots into girlfriend's car, kills her son

Apr. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man angry he was locked out of his house after a night out in South Carolina has shot and killed his girlfriend's son. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said 26-year-old X'Zavier Sharif Davis' girlfriend let him in the house around 3:15 a.m. Saturday and he started...

Judge will consider Nevada bid to block plutonium shipping

Apr. 23, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two federal courts have expedited Nevada's bid to immediately block shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to the state and potentially force the Trump administration to remove some of the highly radioactive material it already has trucked from South Carolina to a site near Las Vegas. U.S....

Uber safety bill is overhauled by South Carolina lawmakers

Apr. 23, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After the slaying of a college student who police say mistook her killer's car for her Uber ride, lawmakers in South Carolina are tinkering with legislation that aims to improve safety for ride sharing customers. A Senate subcommittee voted Tuesday to scrap a requirement for a lighted...

Harris adds to endorsements in early-voting South Carolina

Apr. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris is adding to her list of African American endorsements in South Carolina, the first test of the black vote in next year's primary elections. Harris' campaign tells The Associated Press that I.S. Leevy (LEE'-vee) Johnson is...

Judge orders mental review in SC police ambush shooting case

Apr. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A judge has ordered a man who authorities say killed two police officers in an ambush from his upscale South Carolina home to have a mental examination. Prosecutor Ed Clements asked for the examination Monday after 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins wrote to the Post and Courier newspaper...