Latest South Carolina state government News

Rebate checks are in the mail; SC taxpayers get $50 each

Nov. 8, 2019 11:48 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than a year after someone in South Carolina won an $878 million lottery jackpot, 1.2 million of the state's taxpayers are getting their own modest windfall from that lucky day. The South Carolina Revenue Department said Friday it began mailing out $50 rebate checks to state...

Moderates add exceptions to South Carolina abortion ban bill

Nov. 5, 2019 2:51 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of moderate senators restored exceptions for rape and incest on Tuesday to a measure to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina, sending the bill to the state Senate floor for a potential 2020 election year fight. The exceptions may be crucial for the bill to have any...

Exceptions out of South Carolina bill to ban most abortions

Oct. 22, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Senate subcommittee on Tuesday stripped protections for women who become pregnant from rape or incest from a bill that would outlaw abortions in that state after about six weeks of pregnancy. The State newspaper reports the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee then...

Trump to join 2020 Democrats at South Carolina justice forum

Oct. 18, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is visiting South Carolina as part of a bipartisan event on criminal justice reform, the White House confirmed Friday. Trump is slated to appear on Oct. 25 at a forum sponsored by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, the self-proclaimed "only nationwide...

Feds: SC prison cellphone jam test has 'promising results'

Sep. 25, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday that they were encouraged by another test of a jamming technology that some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones, which officials have long said represent the top security threat within their institutions. The test...

Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation

Sep. 20, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is moving back to her native South Carolina, re-establishing a home base and also fueling speculation that a return to politics is next on her to-do list. The 47-year-old former South Carolina governor, who left office in 2017 to join the Trump...

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...