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State House Daybook: Jan. 14, 2020

By Gavin Jackson

scState House Daybook provides you with the information you need to navigate the South Carolina General Assembly. Each edition provides a snapshot of the legislative day with meeting schedules, agendas, news and other resources in one place. Follow reporter Gavin Jackson's Twitter for the latest legislative coverage. LEGISLATIVE COVERAGE Senate The Senate gavels in at 12:00 p.m. Watch live here . Calendar . Journal . House The House gavels in at 12:00 p.m. Watch live here . Calendar . Journal . Combined meeting schedule 10:00 a.m., S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, Blatt Room 427 11:00 a.m.,...

A Peek at South Carolina's New Voting Machines

By Scott Morgan

Lancaster resident Rita HuffmanLancaster resident Rita Huffman test drives the county's new voting machines at a recent public demonstration. The new system is a two-step process that involves a return to a handheld paper ballot. Credit Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio The Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary will be South Carolina's first major test for its new voting machines. Last year, the state invested $51 million on new machines that election officials say are easier to use and more secure than what South Carolinians had been using for years. The new system is a two-step process. Step 1 is to make your...

SC Lede: 2020 Legislative Preview — LIVE From Irmo

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (r) with Jeffrey Collins (l) and Avery Wilks.On this edition of the South Carolina Lede , recorded live at Craft and Draft in Irmo, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and The State's Avery Wilks to preview this year's state legislative session. Plus, South Carolina trivia, campaign trail updates, and more! You can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher . You can also follow the show on Instagram and Twitter .

Innovative Recyling Facility Offers Promise and Raises Questions

By Victoria Hansen

Outside RePower South recycling facility in Moncks corner adjacent to the Berkeley County LandfillImagine a world without recycling bins where what can be repurposed is; and discarded items that are typically left at landfills become fuel. That's the world RePower South, a new recycling company, wants to build. "There's a layer of that waste stream that we're taking in and creating a fuel," says a Repower South cofounder and CEO Brian Gilhuly. "It is renewable, clean fuel that is used by industry and utilities." The company set up shop nine months ago in a community in need of a new recycling facility, Berkeley County. There, garbage trucks pick up all the curbside trash from homes, no...

SC Lede: The Phone Call From Hell

By Gavin Jackson

af2e5914-eec7-4843-9f84-9bc742f7eeb2On this episode of the South Carolina Lede , we revisit the tragic story of veterans who were the target of a catfishing scam orchestrated by prisoners using contraband cellphones. Host Gavin Jackson is joined by Wired's Vince Beiser to discuss his report on the scam which involved inmates from Lee Correctional Institution and led to the death of Greenville vet. You can read Vince Beiser's story on Wired's website here and find him on Twitter here . Then, South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment. Plus,...

SC Lede live taping at Craft and Draft in Irmo

By Gavin Jackson

LedeThe South Carolina Lede is hosting its next live taping in Irmo! Come listen to some of the state’s most prominent political journalists discussing our legislators' return to session. Join host Gavin Jackson, along with the ETV Endowment, South Carolina Public Radio and other friends of the pod at Craft and Draft for a look at the people and issues sure to be in your newsfeed in the busy 2020 political season. RSVP here Raise a pint and join South Carolina Public Radio , South Carolina ETV and the ETV Endowment of South Carolina for a fun and friendly political discussion. There will be swag...

SC Lede: 2019 — A Retrospective

By Gavin Jackson

From left: Jamie Lovegrove, Maayan Schechter, Meg Kinnard, and SC Lede host Gavin Jackson.From the Democratic presidential primary race to Gov. Henry McMaster's first year of a full term, 2019 was another fascinating year of news is South Carolina. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove, The State's Maayan Schechter, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the top political stories of 2019 as the year comes to a close. Then, South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment. Plus, the week's news, campaign trail...

Historic Amount of Improvement to Interstates Over the Past 10 Years, But Much More is Needed

By Russ McKinney

Sign for I-385/I-85 interchangeSouth Carolina’s Interstate Highway system is its’ economic lifeblood. But the state’s dramatic growth, and too many years of too little state funding find the system clogged with congestion in urban areas, and in desperate need of repairs in many rural areas. Over the past ten years, more than $3.5 Billion in road and bridge work has been underway, an historic amount for the state. But as car and truck traffic volumes grow so do the needs. The S. C. Department of Transportation estimates $20 Billion worth of road work is needed for the entire Interstate system. -$14 Billion needed to widen...

Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Likely across the Palmetto State Friday

By Ray Hawthorne

Friday Severe Storm Risk in the LowcountryWidespread rain and a few strong thunderstorms are likely on Friday over much of South Carolina. The strongest storms may produce isolated damaging wind gusts and a low chance for a brief tornado in the Lowcountry. The unsettled weather is expected to develop ahead of a gradually intensifying area of low pressure that will move quickly from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico to the Mid-Atlantic states. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the Lowcountry, including Charleston, Beaufort, and Hilton Head, under a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms on Friday. If strong...

SC Lede: RIP In Peace Kamala's Candidacy

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) with Jamie Lovegrove and Mayaan Schechter (r) on Monday, December 9, 2019.Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ended her presidential bid last week citing financial concerns. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Mayaan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove — who have covered Harris' stops in South Carolina since the beginning of her run — to look back on the campaign of the only black female candidate in the 2020 race. Then, South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment. Plus, the week's top news, campaign trail updates,...

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