SC Senate Comes to Compromise on Roads Bill

By AB Madden

pot hole in the roadThe South Carolina Senate has reached a compromise after nearly five days of filibusters over the S.C. road funding bill. WIS reports that Senators reached an agreement over a proposed Republican amendment that sends more money to fund S.C. roads without increasing gas taxes. The amendment would also give Governor Nikki Haley the right to choose all of the eight SCDOT commissioners, with final approval from the Senate. A big issue during the filibuster involved the State Infrastructure Bank, which will be required to submit all road construction projects to the DOT commission for consent...

Columbia Ranked Among Top 50 Best Places to Live

By Andrea Esselman

Columbia SkylineThe city of Columbia is a pretty great place to live, at least according to this year's U.S. News and World Report's Best Places to Live list. According to the report, "U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live." Columbia was placed at number 46, with an overall score of 6.6 out of 10. The ratings looked at the value, desirability, job market, and quality of life in the cities analyzed. Columbia's strongest asset is its cost of living, which is considerably lower than the national average. This boosted the value ranking, which is calculated in the...

Richland and Lexington Counties Get Federal Aid for Flood Recovery

By Krishna Thakker

Houses under water, result of the 2015 floodSouth Carolina has received $157 million in federal aid to help fund flood repairs. Government agencies will receive 62 percent of the funds and the rest will be split between Lexington County, Richland County, and the city of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Julian Castro, pointed out in a report that the state will receive about $97 million, Richland County will receive $23.5 million, Lexington will get $16 million, and the city of Columbia will get about $16 million. According the The State , a HUD news release reported that the funds will...

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in the Midlands

By Marina Ziehe

House destroyed by the 2015 floodSince 1996, Home Works of America , a Columbia, S.C.-based nonprofit, has been providing free home repairs to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged home owners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Their goal is to repair homes, while assisting youth in their development and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. Volunteers include youth and adults, skilled and unskilled, from a variety of faith backgrounds and organizations. After the Great Flood of 2015, the nonprofit partnered with the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (BIA) to step up...

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.

Clinton Wins Big in SC

By AB Madden

Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a huge margin on Saturday in the S.C. Democratic Primary. The 73.5 percent win for Clinton does not come as a surprise, due to her expected support from minority voters in the state. MSNBC reports that African Americans made up 61 percent of the voter turnout on Saturday, proving that Clinton’s campaign has a strong advantage over Sanders’ among minority groups. Clinton was endorsed by the state’s top Democrat, Congressman Jim Clyburn. Clinton told the crowd in Columbia following her win, “Thank you so much, South Carolina…...

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 .

New USC Student Housing Complex Coming to Columbia

By Krishna Thakker

Construction SiteAccording to , a new student housing complex is being built near Williams Brice Stadium for students of the University of South Carolina. Dovetail Development, which is based in Athens, Georgia, will begin construction of Wildwood Columbia by July 2016. Wildwood Columbia will consist of 17 buildings with 327,000 square feet of residences and a 7,500 square foot clubhouse. spoke with Dovetail Consultant Mike Swope, who said the dorms will be located next to USC’s practice field, the new Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility, and the $50 million dollar...

Donald Trump Wins SC Primary

By AB Madden

vote buttonThe South Carolina primary contest for the Republican Party gave Donald Trump his second victory over the other candidates. NBC News reports that by winning the First in the South Primary, Trump added “legitimacy to a campaign that many wrote off, since even before he officially announced in June.” Trump’s victory gives him an added boost, heading into Nevada caucuses this week and Super Tuesday next week. When addressing his supporters in Spartanburg on Saturday night, Trump said, "I will never forget South Carolina.” There was a tight battle for second place between Florida Senator Marco...

Legislative Update- February 19th, 2016

By K. Blackwell

Senate debate how to fix S.C. roads. This week in the State House, lawmakers dealt with issues of road repair and the budget. The House met in committee meetings all week to talk about budget details, preparing to take it to the House floor for debate in the next few weeks. The Senate took up the bill dealing with road repairs that would raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon. Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican Senator from Beaufort, continued his filibuster on the bill the whole week. He disagrees with the gas tax increase. Sen. Davis is in favor of restructuring the DOT to see if there can be better management of the funds that are...