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S.C. General Assembly to Address State Budget Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

By Alfred Turner

File photo of the S.C. Senate in sessionThis year’s session of the SC General Assembly was interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak back in March before lawmakers were able to approve next year’s state operating budget. So, they plan to return to Columbia for a couple of days this week to pass a resolution to continue the current year’s budget beyond the end of the state fiscal year on June 30th. Legislative leaders hope to meet again in September to enact a new budget. By then they should have a better idea of just how much of an impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the state’s economy.

SC Lede: COVID-19 — What Day Is It Even?

By Gavin Jackson

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visited Pendleton, SC, on Friday, May 7, 2020, to tour the Milliken and Company textile plantOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 9, 2020, we preview what lawmakers will be doing when they return to the state house next week, discuss safeguarding state primaries in June, and travel to Pendleton, SC, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visits a textile plant to share his plan to reshore medical supply jobs. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow...

How COVID-19 is affecting student food access

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Program in Greenville, SCDisclaimer: Proper PPE regulations have evolved over time. All footage reflects proper adherence to PPE guidelines as they existed at the time of filming. "We are operating the National School Lunch and Breakfast program in the State of South Carolina, which is a program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture down through state agencies," explains Ron Jones, the Office of Health and Nutrition Director for the S.C State of Department of Education . Every school district operates their program differently, but each one ensures that their students' nutritional needs are...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — The Amazing Trace

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and CareSouth partnered to host free COVID-19 testingOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 7, 2020, we take you to a recent free COVID-19 testing site in the Pee Dee, recap the findings of a recent survey of South Carolina businesses, look at how the expansion of broadband access is gaining traction with lawmakers, and more. Then in our Wind Down section we listen to your voicemails, plus host Gavin Jackson tricks producer A.T. Shire into summoning the ghost with the most. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right...

South Carolina teacher selected for PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program

Warren WiseCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) today announced that Richland School District Two’s Warren Wise has been selected for the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program. All 18 of the Digital Innovator All-Stars were selected from a cohort of extraordinary educators who are doing innovative work in their schools and districts. The PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program seeks to deepen these educators’ roles as leaders in integrating technology and digital media into the classroom, supporting students’ learning through increasingly important media literacy skills. A science teacher at...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Covid De Mayo

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (with A.T. Shire in insert) records from his home office on Monday, May 4, 2020.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May, 5, 2020, we examine the latest COVID-19 numbers in the state as Gov. Henry McMaster's "work or home" order is lifted this week. We also look at Rep. James Clyburn's plan for affordable broadband internet access, speak with South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce CEO Frank Knapp about how businesses are faring, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Take It Outside

By Gavin Jackson

Hotels and short term rentals have reopened in Myrtle Beach and Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted his ban on visitors from CDC hotsOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 2, 2020, we bring you insight into how Gov. Henry McMaster and other political leaders envision reopening the state, take the pulse of the Palmetto State's tourism industry, and find out what this year's college football season could look like. Plus, your voicemails and more! The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your...

Report: SC Rents Stabilize; York County's Keep Climbing

By Scott Morgan

af6907c8-5790-4be4-91fb-327a52be54a3The coronavirus quarantine’s effect on rents in South Carolina and bordering metros has largely been one of flattening out, according to data released Thursday by ApartmentList. ApartmentList’s April market report shows that over 13 sampled areas in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, average rent prices since March have moved little more than a half-percent at most in either direction, a trend mirrored in statewide rent prices over the three states. Slow, but notable upticks in average rents have occurred in most of the markets measured over the course of a year. The largest...

A First Taste of Mangoes and Other New Realities at Upstate Food Pantries

By Scott Morgan

f36b5799-770e-429e-9a40-203fe3385115Food pantries in the Upstate and Pee Dee have had to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic on the fly, like everyone else. They’ve seen need for food increase with spikes in South Carolinians out of work, as much as they seem increased demands on their time, energy, resources, and budgets. But they’re also learning a lot about themselves, about the people who visit, and about the ones who help them with their missions. Here are three pantries and what they’re facing in the pandemic. Manna House, Rock Hill: New Digs, But No More Hugs Maybe the best metaphor for the coronavirus situation is what...

SC's Eviction Stay, Scheduled to End Friday, Extended

By Scott Morgan

aerial view of buildingsUpdate : The South Carolina Supreme Court announced it would extend the state eviction moratorium after this story published. It will extend the stay on evictions and foreclosures for another two weeks. South Carolina’s state moratorium on evictions for unpaid rent is set to expire on Friday. While the federal moratorium continues until at least Aug.24, the expiration of the statewide stay on evictions could translate into thousands of lawsuits, says Adam Protheroe, a housing attorney at SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia. Under the state moratorium, all properties are covered...

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