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Hurricane Irma Closings

September 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Hurricane Irma.

Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday that schools and government offices could be closed on Monday and Tuesday in some or all of the state's 46 counties. A decision on that is forthcoming. The following are current closings and other announcements related to Hurricane Irma:...

Governor Tells South Carolinians to Prepare For Evacuation Ahead of Irma

September 7, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMasters press conference on Sept. 7, 2017.

Residents in South Carolina’s coastal counties could be under a mandatory evacuation order by Saturday morning, days before Hurricane Irma is expected to reach the state. Gov. Henry McMaster did order the evacuation of 143 health care facilities in Beaufort, Charleston,...

President Declares State of Emergency for South Carolina

September 7, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Hurricane Irma, center.

President Donald Trump issued a state of emergency declaration for South Carolina on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the expected effects of Hurricane Irma. The move provides the state with federal funding assistance and resources in preparation for the Category 5 storm that...

SC Price Gouging Law In Effect Ahead of Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday, following the governor’s state of emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Irma. “With the possibility that Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, our...

State of Emergency Declared For SC Ahead of Irma

September 6, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMaster holds a press conference on Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Wednesday ahead of possible effects from Hurricane Irma. The precautionary move allows state agencies to begin coordinating resources ahead of the Category 5 hurricane that could affect South Carolina in the...

Former Rep. Jim Merrill Pleads Guilty, Cooperates with Corruption Probe

September 1, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, in Judge Robert Hoods Columbia courtroom on Sept. 1, 2017.

Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, plead guilty Friday to one misconduct in office charge stemming from a public corruption probe into the South Carolina State House. Merrill admitted his guilt to the one charge in Judge Robert Hood’s Columbia courtroom and was...

SC Sends Emergency Assistance to Texas

August 29, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
 South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams (SC-HART) have been deployed to Texas.

Helicopters and specialized teams are heading to Texas this week to assist with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Tuesday that in response to Texas' request, the state is sending two helicopter aquatic...

Santee Cooper CEO Retires Amid Failed Nuclear Project

August 25, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The Santee Cooper board meets on Aug. 25, 2017 and announces the retirement of CEO Lonnie Carter.

Lonnie Carter, the CEO of the state-owned electric company Santee Cooper, announced his retirement Friday, after a 35-year career ended in the wake of a failed nuclear power plant project. The announcement came at a special called board meeting in Columbia and after a...

Sen. Graham Calls on AG Sessions, DHS to Investigate Domestic Terror, Racist Groups

August 15, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Sen. Lindsey Graham in Columbia on Aug. 15, 2017.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he wants U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to personally investigate the domestic terrorism and civil rights abuses that happened in Charlottesville on Saturday. Graham, during an unrelated press conference, went further and called...

SC Attorney General Sues Opioid Company Over Epidemic

August 15, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
S.C. Rep. Eric Bedingfield holds a picture of his son who died from an overdose in 2016.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson lodged a lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, Tuesday, over deceptive marketing of painkillers to patients that helped fuel that state’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed in Richland County Court, alleges Purdue...

Hundreds Turn Out for Job Fair Following Nuclear Project Closure

August 14, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Hundreds attend the Employ SC job fair in Chapin on Aug. 14, 2017.

Hundreds of people attended a job fair in Chapin Monday, following the termination of the V.C. Summer nuclear project in late July. Approximately 6,000 people were affected by the project closure, many of whom sought out job opportunities with state agencies and private...

SC Farmers Can Now Apply to Grow Hemp

August 10, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMaster signs the industrial hemp bill during a ceremonial bill signing on June 21, 2017.

Applications are now available for farmers in South Carolina to grow the state’s newest crop—hemp. Earlier this year, lawmakers, led by Rep. Russell Ott, a Democrat from St. Matthews, sent the governor a bill, which he signed in May, making it legal to grow industrial hemp...

Senate Leaders Call For Special Session Over Failed Nuclear Project

August 4, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Lawmakers could return to session to block potential rate hikes as a result of the failure of the V.C. Summer Project.

South Carolina Senate leaders want to convene a special legislative session to tackle issues from a failed nuclear power plant project. Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, and Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler, D-Columbia, wrote Senate President Pro Tempore...

Officials: Prepare For Potential Eclipse Day Problems

August 3, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Always wear eclipse glasses during and after the solar eclipse.

Several South Carolina officials want citizens to be prepared for traffic, delays and even dangerous accidents caused by the rare eclipse and an influx of visitors to the state. A lot of things could happen around that event and we’re prepared for those,” Major General...

Templeton Wades Into Controversial Topics During First Town Hall

August 2, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
S.C. gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton talks with people before a town hall event on Aug. 1, 2017.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton fielded questions during a 90-minute Pickens County GOP town hall event Tuesday. During the 90-minute event, Templeton waded into issues dealing with southern heritage, transgender issues, her brief tenure at the S.C...

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