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Senate Passes Roads Bill, but Not Everyone is Happy

March 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Katie Geer
Senate looks to fund road repairs.

The roads in South Carolina may be one step closer to repair, but many lawmakers are unhappy with the current bill that passed through the Senate this week. The Senate gave the $400 million roads plan key approval with a 30-15 vote. This version of a roads bill does not...

Construction of Spirit Communications Park Reaches Its Final Phases

March 10, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Construction of Columbia ballpark underway

On April 14, Columbia residents will be presented with a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue, also the new home of the city’s new minor league baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies. The new multi-use venue, Spirit Communications Park, will serve as the centerpiece...

SC Senate Comes to Compromise on Roads Bill

March 4, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
pot hole in the road

The South Carolina Senate has reached a compromise after nearly five days of filibusters over the S.C. road funding bill. WIS reports that Senators reached an agreement over a proposed Republican amendment that sends more money to fund S.C. roads without increasing gas...

Columbia Ranked Among Top 50 Best Places to Live

March 4, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Columbia Skyline

The city of Columbia is a pretty great place to live, at least according to this year's U.S. News and World Report's Best Places to Live list. According to the report, "U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live." Columbia was...

Richland and Lexington Counties Get Federal Aid for Flood Recovery

March 2, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
Houses under water, result of the 2015 flood

South Carolina has received $157 million in federal aid to help fund flood repairs. Government agencies will receive 62 percent of the funds and the rest will be split between Lexington County, Richland County, and the city of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Housing and...

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in the Midlands

February 29, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
House destroyed by the 2015 flood

Since 1996, Home Works of America , a Columbia, S.C.-based nonprofit, has been providing free home repairs to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged home owners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Their goal is to repair homes, while assisting youth in their...

Jennifer Pinckney Remembers Night of Tragedy

February 29, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Jennifer Pinckney

Recently, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University hosted a conversation with Jennifer Pinckney, the late Clementa Pinckney’s wife, and two of his dear friends, Rev. Kylon Middleton and Rev. Chris Vaugh. The conversation, Reflections on Charleston ,...

Clinton Wins Big in SC

February 29, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a huge margin on Saturday in the S.C. Democratic Primary. The 73.5 percent win for Clinton does not come as a surprise, due to her expected support from minority voters in the state. MSNBC reports that...

Jennifer Pinckney Honors Late Husband Through Foundation

February 25, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Sen. Clementa Pinckney

Jennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, recently spoke at Duke University, along with Reverend Kylon Middleton and Reverend Chris Vaughn, friends of the family. Their message was of hope and forgiveness after the tragedy at Mother Emanuel in...

New USC Student Housing Complex Coming to Columbia

February 24, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
Construction Site

According to Coladaily.com , a new student housing complex is being built near Williams Brice Stadium for students of the University of South Carolina. Dovetail Development, which is based in Athens, Georgia, will begin construction of Wildwood Columbia by July 2016...

Donald Trump Wins SC Primary

February 22, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
vote button

The South Carolina primary contest for the Republican Party gave Donald Trump his second victory over the other candidates. NBC News reports that by winning the First in the South Primary, Trump added “legitimacy to a campaign that many wrote off, since even before he...

Legislative Update- February 19th, 2016

February 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Senate debate how to fix S.C. roads.

This week in the State House, lawmakers dealt with issues of road repair and the budget. The House met in committee meetings all week to talk about budget details, preparing to take it to the House floor for debate in the next few weeks. The Senate took up the bill dealing...

SC GOP Chair Comments on Haley Endorsement of Rubio

February 17, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Governor Nikki Haley

According to The State , Governor Nikki Haley will endorse Senator Marco Rubio at a rally tonight in Chapin. Senator Tim Scott and Representative Trey Gowdy have already endorsed the Senator from Florida. Earlier today, SC GOP Chair Matt Moore was in the Palmetto Scene...

NPR'S "Here and Now" to broadcast live from SC Public Radio's studios

February 16, 2016 - Posted in ETV by Glenn Rawls
Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young of HERE AND NOW.

Here and Now , the weekday news program from NPR, will broadcast live from the S.C. Public Radio studios Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19. The program will be covering the day’s news, with an emphasis on both upcoming South Carolina primaries. Co-hosted by award-...

Trump, Clinton Leading in South Carolina

February 16, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
vote button

A poll released by CBS News shows that Republican candidate Donald Trump continues to lead in South Carolina with 42%. Ted Cruz is more than 20 points behind Trump, with 20%, followed by Rubio at 15%. Kasich, Bush, and Carson all have under 10%. CBS News reports, “For Trump...

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