Aimee Crouch

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

By Aimee Crouch

pothole in roadThe 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. The State reported that of the $400 million, “$50 million would go to counties for less-trafficked road repairs. Another $316 million in added money would go to the Transportation Department for road repairs. The House also approved spending $49 million to pay for flood repairs that the state’s roads agency made...

New Domestic Violence Committee Bill Signed Into Law

By Aimee Crouch

Governor Nikki HaleyOn 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." Law enforcement, medical...

Jennifer Pinckney Remembers Night of Tragedy

By Aimee Crouch

Jennifer PinckneyRecently, 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 PinckneyJennifer 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 HaleyAccording 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. For the full interview, and a preview of both the Republican and Democratic primaries, watch Palmetto Scene this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Trump, Clinton Leading in South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

vote buttonA 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 voters, who have been relatively steadfast in their support over the last few months, the percentage who say they've firmly decided on Trump has increased. Trump's lead among evangelicals is up from January, and he has widened his lead among conservatives, too.” For most of his campaign, Trump has played the outsider role...

Remaining Disaster Recovery Centers to Close

By Aimee Crouch

flooding, roadsFEMA 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: Ask questions about FEMA decision letters. Learn how to appeal FEMA decision letters. All applicants may appeal. Inquire about the status of a registration. Provide change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays. Receive information about FEMA home inspections. Get other questions...

Winter Weather Operations Scaling Back

By Aimee Crouch

IceMost 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. SCEMD continues to urge "everyone to continue to be cautious of frozen precipitation still on the ground in many places, particularly on secondary roads and low-lying or shade covered areas. Melting snow can refreeze once temperatures fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit resulting in black ice conditions...

King Day at the Dome in Columbia, South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

ClintonOn the morning of January 18, at the S.C. State House, the annual King Day at the Dome was held for the first time without the presence of the Confederate flag. The event initially began on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2000, in protest to the flag flying on the State House dome. With the recent ruling by the S.C. Supreme Court regarding equity in education, and the task in front of the legislature to deal with education funding, this year’s focus was on providing all students with equal opportunities. The event drew the Democratic presidential contenders, who were in Charleston the previous...

Governor Haley Gives State of Union Response

By Aimee Crouch

US CongressFollowing President Barack Obama's final State of the Union Address, S. C. Governor Nikki Haley was chosen to give the Republican response. Her speech touched on healthcare, national security, and the economy. Haley also spoke to being a daughter of Indian immigrants and how blessed her family has been to live in this country. She said, "Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our...

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