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Countdown to October 1, 2020: Obtaining Your SC Real ID

By Linda Nunez

The Real I.D. is dentified by the gold star in the upper right corner. Credit Photo courtesy S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles Beginning October 1st of this year, anyone who wishes to fly on a commercial aircraft, access a federal facility, or enter a military installation will be required to present their passport, military ID, or their Real ID. Back in 2005, Congress passed the “Real ID Act” in response to the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government set the standard for the issuance of IDs, like driver’s licenses. To date, all 50 states and territories are fully compliant with the Real ID requirements. According to the U.S. Travel Association,...

Son of Holocaust Survivor Observes Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

By Tut Underwood

The gate at Auschwitz concentration camp, with the slogan "work will set you free" above the entrance.  Recently in South Carolina and around the world, events were held to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The Holocaust killed an estimated six million European Jews as well as many other victims of the Nazis, including Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, gypsies, homosexuals, the infirm and more. One of the survivors of Auschwitz was the late teacher, author and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. His son Elisha was in Columbia Jan. 28 as keynote speaker at a...

State House Daybook: Feb. 4, 2020

By Gavin Jackson

SHState 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 2:00 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 9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Transportation and Regulatory Subcommittee,...

President Trump's State of the Union Address

By Alfred Turner

President Donald TrumpPresident Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, Tuesday night at 9:00 p. m. South Carolina Public Radio will broadcast NPR's Special Coverage, live. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver the Democratic Party's response. We will also offer a video stream of NPR's coverage here. You can follow a live annotation of his remarks, including fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters, below, beginning at 9:00 on Wednesday night. Loading...

Barkley wins Civic Leadership Award

By Aimee Crouch

Nella BarkleyThe 2019 David Wilkins Civic Leadership Award, an initiative of The Riley Institute at Furman University, was given to Charlestonian Nella Barkley. Barkley, a community leader for much of her life, has always looked for ways to improve the lives of South Carolinians.

Simrill honored with Legislative Leadership Award

By Aimee Crouch

Gary SimrillFor the last 15 years, The Riley Institute at Furman University has recognized a state legislator with the David Wilkins Legislative Award. Named for the former Speaker of the House and U.S. Ambassador to Canada, the award is given to a legislator who shows leadership, courage, vision and integrity. This year, Representative Gary Simrill was the recipient. Simrill, representing York County and serving as the House Majority Leader, has served in the House since 1993.

S.C. Senate Continues Debate on School Improvement Bill

By Russ McKinney

SC Senate in session on January 30, 2020.Teacher Bill of Rights Defeated When the State Senate re-convenes next week it will begin its’ third week of debate on an omnibus School Improvement Bill. For the past two years it’s been the General Assembly’s first priority. It aims to update an array of state policies to produce better educated students, and perhaps most importantly shore-up the teaching profession by keeping good teachers in the classroom and to entice new teachers to the profession. This week the Senate voted to remove the so-called teacher Bill of Rights from the bill, something teachers support and already approved by...

State House Daybook: Jan. 30, 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 11:00 a.m. Watch live here . Calendar . Journal . House The House gavels in at 10:00 a.m. Watch live here . Calendar . Journal . Combined meeting schedule 9:00 a.m. Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Gressette...

SC Lede: Trail Bites — Pete Buttigieg Has Breakfast With The Lede

By Gavin Jackson

SC Lede logoLeading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes. On this edition for the week of January 29, 2020, host Gavin Jackson sits down with Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg at Ms. B's Southern Soul Food restaurant in Columbia, SC, to discuss what he's doing to engage black voters in South Carolina, his policy plans, and more. Full remarks from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign on the SCETV...

This Week in South Carolina Interviews Mayor Pete Buttigieg

By Gavin Jackson

This Week in SC Host Gavin Jackson talks to Democrat presidential candidate, Pete ButtigiegMayor Pete Buttigieg recently sat down with Gavin Jackson, host of "This Week in South Carolina," after a two-day swing through South Carolina. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation. Gavin Jackson: You get this question a lot, and I know you're working on this, but how are you working to make outreach to black voters in South Carolina? Obviously, they make up a huge part of our Democratic primary--what are you specifically doing to help get them your message to those people? Pete Buttigieg: Well, first, take no one for granted and don't make any assumptions that anyone...

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