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Indie Grits Celebrates 10 Years

By Aimee Crouch

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Columbia’s Indie Grits Film Festival opens in the Capitol City on April 14th and is celebrating their 10th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, all festival events will be free to attendees. There are approximately 60 films being screened.

The theme this year, “Waterlines,” is an opportunity for artists to give their interpretation of the devastating floods that hit S.C. in October.

Additional Funds to Retain SC Teachers

By Aimee Crouch

SC State House

The S.C. House unanimously passed an amendment to the state budget that would allocate over $9 million to teachers in high-poverty areas. The school districts included in the plan have at least 80 percent of students living in poverty. The one-year funding is to help retain good teachers in poorer districts that can’t pay the same salaries as some of the richer districts in the state. Some of the areas include Allendale, Clarendon, Hampton, Lee, and Bamberg.

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

By Aimee Crouch

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The S.C. House approved the state’s $7.5 billion dollar budget this week, and much of the debate surrounded the state’s failing infrastructure system. The approved budget allotted an extra $400 million dollars in road repairs. A gas increase, supported by Democrats, failed to pass.

New Domestic Violence Committee Bill Signed Into Law

By Aimee Crouch

Governor Nikki Haley

On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that establishes a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. The committees, one in each of the 16 Solicitor Circuits, will identify and review all domestic violence deaths. The recommendations from these reviews will then be sent to the State Domestic Violence Advisory Committee.

Haley said, "This is the beginning of what is going to be South Carolina reforming herself to say that survivors matter, victims matter, and that domestic abuse is part of the past, and not part of the future of South Carolina."

Jennifer Pinckney Remembers Night of Tragedy

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, moderated by Duke Divinity School's Office of Black Church Studies' Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, ranged from the events of that fateful night to forgiveness and moving forward. Here, Jennifer Pinckney recalls that night last June at Mother Emanuel in Charleston.

 

Jennifer Pinckney Honors Late Husband Through Foundation

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 Charleston last June. Jennifer explains that through the Senator Clementa Pinckney Foundation, she is able to carry on her husband's work of being the “voice for the voiceless.”

For more information on the foundation, visit The Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney Foundation.

SC GOP Chair Comments on Haley Endorsement of Rubio

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 studios and commented on the Haley endorsement.

Trump, Clinton Leading in South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

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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%.

Remaining Disaster Recovery Centers to Close

By Aimee Crouch

flooding, roads

FEMA will close its three remaining disaster recovery centers this Friday, January 29. Victims of the October floods still needing asistance can call the FEMA hotline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. The hotline can be used to:

Winter Weather Operations Scaling Back

By Aimee Crouch

Ice

Most of the winter weather has left the Palmetto State and as of midday today, the State Emergency Operations Center returned to normal operations.  The National Weather Service predicts some light snow for the remainder of the day in parts of the state, but temperatures will stay above freezing. 

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