Latest South Carolina state government News

South Carolina group can deny gay couples as foster parents

Jan. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The federal government agreed Wednesday to allow federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina to deny services to same-sex or non-Christian couples. The waiver issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow Greenville's Miracle Hill Ministries to...

Sanders reaches out to black SC voters before 2020 decision

Jan. 23, 2019 12:18 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even before he announces whether he's a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina's African-American voters handed him in 2016. A day after speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in the state capital on Monday,...

Confederate flag from S. Carolina Statehouse put on display

Jan. 22, 2019 6:06 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last Confederate flag to fly at the South Carolina Statehouse has quietly been put on display at a museum, ending a three-year saga over what to do with the rebel banner, which was removed after nine black church members were killed in a racist attack on a Charleston church. On...

Police: School bus driver gets 34 kids away from fiery crash

Jan. 22, 2019 2:49 PM EST

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a school bus that caught fire after being rear-ended at a South Carolina rail crossing safely evacuated all 34 children aboard. The Palmetto Rural Fire Department says in a Facebook post that no one was seriously hurt in the crash Tuesday morning in...

Man struck and killed by pickup after escaping burning home

Jan. 14, 2019 11:24 AM EST

PAGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man escaped from his burning home, only to be struck and killed by a pickup truck on the street outside. A coroner says 53-year-old Tyrone Bush died around 6:45 a.m. Monday just outside his home in Pageland, South Carolina. Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser says...

The Latest: Clemson flag flies at South Carolina State House

Jan. 8, 2019 10:40 PM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff national championship (all times local): 10:05 a.m. The Clemson flag is flying over the South Carolina State House after the Tigers' national championship win over Alabama. The flag was also atop the capital's dome two years back when...

Dominion Energy completes buyout of South Carolina utility

Jan. 2, 2019 4:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dominion Energy announced the completion of its merger on Wednesday with a South Carolina utility drowning in debt after the failure of a nuclear construction project. In a news release, the Virginia-based company said that it had finalized the deal to pay $6.8 billion for SCANA...

State agency: 12 inmates left in cells with spilled sewage

Dec. 27, 2018 6:28 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Corrections says 12 inmates were left in prison cells with raw sewage. Spokesman Dexter Lee tells The State newspaper that six cells at the Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville were flooded with toilet water this month. This prison is one of...

Regulators OK $15B merger of troubled South Carolina utility

Dec. 14, 2018 5:19 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A power company's $15 billion deal to purchase a troubled South Carolina-based utility after a costly nuclear construction failure won approval Friday from state regulators. Following more than an hour of comment and debate, South Carolina's Public Service Commission approved...

The Latest: SC gov: Merger deal 'best of a bad situation'

Dec. 14, 2018 4:23 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina regulators' votes on issues concerning the fallout from a $9 billion nuclear construction project failure (all times local): 4:20 p.m. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says state regulators did their best to resolve a mess in approving a merger between a...