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Understanding Orlando a Year After Emanuel

By Kaitlyn Park

Sign reading "Send some love to Orlando"Almost a year ago to the day, South Carolina and the nation grieved what was possibly the greatest tragedy in the state’s history. In an act of senseless hatred, bigotry and racism, nine innocent lives were lost in a church in Charleston. Today, Florida and the nation grieve the deadliest attack in the nation’s history since 9/11- another act of hatred and bigotry. Early Sunday morning, forty-nine innocent lives were lost in an Orlando gay nightclub. Dylann Roof, from his own manifesto, was a proclaimed white supremacist who sought to bring civil discord by traveling to what is arguably South...

Hundreds of South Carolinians Gather at Reformation Lutheran for Candlelight Vigil

By Kaitlyn Park

Congregation sits at vigil, altar lit in rainbow colorsMonday evening at 6 p.m., hundreds gathered at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C. for a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of the Orlando shooting victims. In the early hours of Sunday morning, 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, were killed. At least 53 others were wounded. Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history, and the worst act of domestic terror since 9/11. The church served as a safe space where members of the community could grieve this horrific loss. “We respond with love, we respond with...

Gov. Haley Vetoes ‘Pork’ in Capital Reserve Fund

By Kristina Rackley

Governor Nikki HaleyLast week, Governor Nikki Haley released her list of budget vetoes. While recognizing the positive budget items like funding for education, health services and law enforcement agencies, she took the legislature to task for allowing what she referred to as “pork, pet projects and earmarks.” Among these earmarks vetoed were funds that would go to the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Patriot’s Point Development Authority, Clemson University’s Garrison Arena Education/Conference Center, and tourism revitalization projects. Governor Haley stated that her reason for vetoing these items from...

Road To Recovery

By Sarah Stone

pothole that vehicle is about to hitA bill aimed at temporarily fixing the lack of funding for South Carolina road repairs was signed into law yesterday by Nikki Haley. This bill will alter state financing in order to allow the government to borrow $2.2 billion towards the repair of infrastructure affected by October’s flood, resulting in about $4 billion in the state budget to use towards repairs overall. Changes in the process of choosing highway commissioners and the secretary of transportation are also included in the bill. Republican Representative Gary Simrill believes the bill could fund the repair of close to 400 roads...

S.C. National Air Guard Fighter Jets Collide Over Georgia

By Kristina Rackley

F 16 jetTuesday night, alarm rose when two South Carolina F16 jets collided in midair during a training exercise and crashed into a heavily wooded area in Jefferson County, Georgia. The jets were a part of the 169th Fighter Wing called the “Swamp Fox.” Fighter Wing Commander Col. Nicholas Gentile said at a press conference Wednesday morning that the jets were involved in a routine training exercise for the unit’s air defense suppression mission, but declined to comment on what led to the accident. Gentile stated that both pilots ejected to safety and were taken to a hospital in Georgia for medical...

Not in Vain: Tucker Hipps’ Transparency Act

By Sydney Hankinson

ClemsonOn September 22, 2014, the body of a 19-year-old sophomore at Clemson University was found floating in Lake Hartwell. According to CNN , Tucker Hipps was a political science major, and was attempting to pledge with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the time of his death. It is believed that he was killed after being forced to walk along a narrow bridge railing as part of a hazing ritual before he slipped and fell to his death, hitting his head on the rocks below. Since the incident, a bill has been proposed in an attempt to prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future. The bill...

A History to Remember: Penn Center Campus Proposed a National Monument

By Kristina Rackley

Penn CenterThe historic Penn Center of St. Helena’s Island has been a center of African American education, cultural preservation, and social justice for over 150 years. Founded in 1862, the Penn Center, then called Penn School, was one of the first institutions in the South that provided a formal education to the Gullah-Geechee people, former West African slaves who lived on the islands and coast of South Carolina. The school was established by Northern missionaries and would help to advance an entire generation into the Industrial Age, with skills and knowledge that had been denied to them as slaves...

Columbia Museum of Art Recognized at the White House

By Andrea Esselman

Entrance to Columbia Museum of ArtHard work and dedication truly do pay off. Eighteen years ago, the Columbia Museum of Art opened its doors at its current Main Street location. The move from its original site on Bull and Senate Streets was the beginning of Columbia’s revitalization of its downtown. The museum was meant to serve as the cultural anchor on Main Street, and it has served its purpose so well that now, nearly two decades later, it is receiving national recognition. The Columbia Museum of Art is a recipient of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. According to the museum’s website , this is the...

Horne-Sanford Debate Monday, June 6 at 7pm on SCETV

By Glenn Rawls

Jenny Horne and Mark Sanford to Debate on ETVSouth Carolina ETV is broadcasting a debate between the Republican candidates for S.C.’s First Congressional District. Incumbent Mark Sanford and challenger Jenny Horne will debate live from ETV’s Beaufort studios Monday, June 6, 2016. The program will be carried statewide on all ETV stations and ETV's YouTube Channel . Sanford has served previously as the state’s Governor. Horne has served previously in the South Carolina House. Media inquiries relating to broadcast rights and video access for other newscasts should contact ETV’s Manager of Public Affairs Tom Posey at (803) 737-3282 or posey...

SC Voter ID Laws: What You Need to Know for the Upcoming Primaries

By Kristina Rackley

vote buttonThe implementation of voter ID laws, which typically require voters to provide some form of photo ID to be able to vote in primaries and presidential elections, has been an issue fraught with controversy in several states. Voter ID laws are meant to prevent fraud from occurring during elections. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the ID laws have helped Wisconsin election clerks by simplifying their jobs and making the election process easier to manage, when they defended the ID laws in federal court. However, some voters argue that the laws prevent certain groups of people without certain...

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