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.

Tax Season Tips

By Katie Geer

Tax Season

It’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.

Haley Praises S.C. Domestic Violence Task Force

By Katie Geer

Haley- CDV

Gov. 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.

Haley Talks Pride for Upcoming Clemson Game

By Katie Geer

Clemson

Gov. 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.

War Dog Memorial Dedicated in Columbia

By Katie Geer

War Dogs

A 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. 

Children Prefer Facts, Adults Fiction

By Katie Geer

Reading

Take 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. 

Loads of Hope Comes to Midlands to Help

By Katie Geer

Loads of Hope

Proctor 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.

The Community Reaches Out to Those in Need

By Katie Geer

Flood

The 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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