Politics

The Latest: Curfew, Evacuation Order in Effect For Beaufort County Barrier Islands

September 9, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Troopers and National Guard troops.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 6:30 p.m. BEAUFORT -- Sheriff P.J. Tanner announced that a dawn to dusk curfew is now in effect for Beaufort County barrier islands under the governor's evacuation order due to hazardous effects from...

Updated: Governor Orders Evacuation of Several Barrier Islands as Hurricane Irma Looms

September 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Some Hurricane Irma preparations seen on Rainbow Row in Charleston on Sept. 8, 2017.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 8 p.m. BEAUFORT -- County Sheriff P. J. Tanner said the barrier island order to evacuate took into account the four King Tides that will be occurring, from Sunday through Monday, when Hurricane Irma...

Governor Tells South Carolinians to Prepare For Evacuation Ahead of Irma

September 7, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. 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 G. Jackon
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 G. 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 G. 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 G. 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 G. 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 G. 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 G. 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 G. 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 G. 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 G. 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...

In Our Son's Name

August 8, 2017 - Posted in SCETV Presents
Image of Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez

Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez's lives shatter with the death of their son, Greg, who dies with thousands of others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Instead of seeking revenge, the grieving couple begin a journey of reconciliation that transforms their lives...

Senate Leaders Call For Special Session Over Failed Nuclear Project

August 4, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. 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...

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