Katie Geer

Senate Passes Roads Bill, but Not Everyone is Happy

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 include a gas tax hike but does focus on restructuring the Department of Transportation. The House bill, which passed its own version last year, included a ten cent on the gallon increase on the gas tax, a small cut to the income tax, and restructured some of the DOT, as well. The changes in the Senate’s version of the bill...

Tax Season Tips

By Katie Geer

Tax SeasonIt’s tax season, and while you’re probably pretty excited about getting a tax refund, the IRS is now warning of scams that could take your identity this tax season. The main thing the IRS is warning people to be on the lookout for is fake emails and phone calls that are posing as IRS’s contacts. According to the Post and Courier , the estimated amount that companies in the United States lose on average every year to tax hackers is $15 million. This doesn't take into account all the people who are individually hacked and scammed every year. This year, the IRS has started a new “Taxes. Security...

Haley Praises S.C. Domestic Violence Task Force

By Katie Geer

Haley- CDVGov. Haley spoke to the press Thursday about how pleased she is with the 50 recommendations from the task force, which has been looking into the issue of domestic violence since early 2015. The recommendations suggest things such as guidelines at workplaces on how to handle reports and making reporting abuse easier and safer, changing the police prosecution of cases, and insuring speedy trials. S.C. once again ranked number one in the nation for women killed by men in the last year. It is the third time the state has held the top spot.

Haley Talks Pride for Upcoming Clemson Game

By Katie Geer

ClemsonGov. Haley praised the Clemson Tigers for their hard work in getting to the National Championship game, which they play on Monday against Alabama. While she won't be able to attend the game in Arizona, she said her heart will definitely be with her Tigers.

New Legislation Could Make Killing a Police Dog a Major Crime in S.C.

By Katie Geer

DogThis coming legislative session will see the introduction of a new bill that would increase the penalties to those convicted of harming or killing a police dog or police horse. Rep. Jonathon Hill and Rep. Neal Collins are sponsoring a bill named "Fargo's and Hyco's Law." According to the Independent Mail , the new measure means "the maximum prison sentence for killing a police dog or horse would rise from five years to 10 years. The offense also would carry a minimum two-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $20,000" if passed this coming session. Abusing a police animal would now have a...

War Dog Memorial Dedicated in Columbia

By Katie Geer

War DogsA seven-foot bronze statue now stands in Memorial Park in the city of Columbia honoring the war dogs that have fought throughout the decades. The statue is in the form of a Vietnam dog handler and a German Shepherd, to pay tribute to the 4,000 dogs that served in the war. Johnny Mayo spearheaded the private and donation-funded monument through his efforts to bring awareness to these often forgotten four-legged soldiers.

Relationship Violence: A Survivor's Story of Crazy Love

By Katie Geer

Domestic ViolenceLeslie Morgan Steiner is an author and public speaker about relationship abuse, as well as a survivor of her own horrific relationship. She sat down with Palmetto Scene’s Katie Geer and Brittany Braddock to talk about her memoir, Crazy Love and to answer the question that is asked of every survivor, "Why did they stay as long as they did?" https://soundcloud.com/southcarolinaetv/relationship-abuse-a-survivers-story-of-crazy-love Listen to the full podcast here.

Children Prefer Facts, Adults Fiction

By Katie Geer

ReadingTake a look at any kid's book section in a library and you're bound to find many fiction based books—books that embrace make-believe and fantasy worlds. Pop on over to the adult section and you're much more likely to find a wider variety of factual books. But one group of psychologists found out that just because kids are young, doesn't mean they are only interested in fiction stories. In fact, more children preferred factual stories then adults, in the study. According to an article on NPR , the paper published by psychologists Jennifer Barnes, Emily Bernstein and Paul Bloom, found that...

Loads of Hope Comes to Midlands to Help

By Katie Geer

Loads of HopeProctor and Gamble's rolling washing station came into Columbia this week to help flood victims wash laundry. Tide's "Loads of Hope" offered washing, drying and folding to those who dropped off laundry, all for free! The company started "Loads of Hope" after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and they were looking for a way to give back to communities in need. Since then, the rolling washers have traveled throughout the country, where they are needed after natural disasters.

The Community Reaches Out to Those in Need

By Katie Geer

FloodThe Red Cross has set up 33 shelters across the state to help with people who have been displaced from their homes due to the flooding. Shelters like this one that Palmetto Scene visited in Columbia are handing out cases of water, food, and clothing, and are providing shelter for those who need it.

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