Latest South Carolina state government News

Court overrules sentence for man who shot college student

Mar. 18, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has unanimously overturned the attempted murder conviction of a gang member who shot and critically injured a college student. The court ruled Wednesday that Michael Juan Smith did not intend to shoot Martha Childress, a student at the University of...

FILE - This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the new death row at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C. Some lawmakers in South Carolina are pushing a bill that would give death row inmates no choice but to be executed in the electric chair. Opponents of the bill in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, say the electric chair is barbaric and changing the method after a prisoner is sent to death row could open the state up to lawsuits. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

S Carolina mulls electric chair as only option for condemned

Mar. 3, 2020 7:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina once had one of the county's highest rates of execution, even putting two prisoners to death in one night. But now the state hasn't executed a prisoner in nine years and currently lacks the drugs to carry out lethal injections for any of the 37 inmates on the state's...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden takes photos with supporters at a campaign event at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Biden wins South Carolina, aims for Super Tuesday momentum

Mar. 1, 2020 12:09 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden scored a thundering victory Saturday in South Carolina’s Democratic primary on the strength of African American support, a decisive win that could force moderate rivals out of the race and blunt the rise of progressive leader Bernie Sanders. Biden's win came at a...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary night election rally in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, after winning the South Carolina primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Latest: Biden adviser says 2 candidates have viable path

Feb. 29, 2020 10:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential primary contest (all times local): 10 p.m. A senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says the candidate's first-place finish in South Carolina signal there are “only two candidates remaining with a viable path to...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden meets with attendees during a campaign event, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Latest: Warren says she got results post-financial crash

Feb. 27, 2020 10:05 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic presidential primary contest (all times local): 10 p.m. Elizabeth Warren is back in Texas ahead of Super Tuesday and telling supporters that it was she -- and not Bernie Sanders -- who got results after the 2008 financial crash. The Massachusetts...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks with members of the media after a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. As Sanders reaches out to black voters ahead of South Carolina's Saturday primary, seeking to cut into former Vice President Joe Biden's firewall of black support in the state, the Democratic front-runner's Jewish identity isn't much of a factor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Sanders pitches black voters on ideas and history, not faith

Feb. 27, 2020 1:05 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — When black voters in South Carolina consider Bernie Sanders, they don't tend to think of him as the potential first Jewish president. But his distinctive take on Jewish values is still a key part of his appeal. While he's not as vocal as some Democratic rivals who tout their...

LBGTQ groups: South Carolina law is putting students at risk

Feb. 27, 2020 12:01 PM EST

A South Carolina law banning sex education teachers from mentioning any relationships other than heterosexual ones — unless the talk involves sexually transmitted diseases — is fueling a climate of state-sanctioned discrimination, a federal lawsuit says. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

Feb. 25, 2020 11:46 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has cancelled four events in south Florida set for Wednesday because of illness. Buttigieg campaign spokesman Chris Meagher says the former mayor is sick...

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...

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...