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Drug Monitoring Law To Fight Opioid Abuse

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. McMaster signs the bill into law on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

All opioids prescribed in South Carolina are now required to be reported to the state monitoring program, thanks to a bill that Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law last month.

The law is one of several pieces of legislation lawmakers pushed this year as they work to stymie the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic. Officials hope the new law will slow the growth of the problem, which is rooted in prescription painkiller abuse.

Furman Student's Experience with Greenville's BlueCross BlueShield Internship

By Imani King

Meg Demaar on her first day at BCBSSC

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is the only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier. They have been offering security to Palmetto State citizens for more than 65 years and is one of South Carolina's largest employers. In addition to their service to South Carolinians, they have a comprehensive internship. Their program allows interns to learn the different facets of the department and gain professional experience by shadowing meetings.

Charleston Harbor Receives Fund for Deepening

By Aimee Crouch

Charleston Port

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project has received $17.5 million in construction funding as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Fiscal Year Work Plan. An additional $16.1 million is dedicated to the project for operations and maintenance, which includes dredging of the harbor.

This project will make the Charleston Harbor the deepest on the East Coast by the end of the decade and will be able to accommodate fully-loaded new Panamax container ships without tidal restriction.

Richland County Library Wins National Award

By John Underwood

RCPL Main Branch

The Richland County Library in Columbia was recently honored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services as a recipient of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award is the highest honor that is given to museums and libraries, and Richland County’s library had been nominated for this prestigious award for the two previous years in a row before this year’s win. Richland County’s library is one of only five libraries and five museums to receive the award each year.

PBS NewsHour Selects Greenville Students as Reporting Labs Fellows

By Glenn Rawls

Kimberly Castro-Rebolledo and Christian Peebles of Legacy Charter School

South Carolina ETV and the PBS NewsHour are extremely excited to announce that Greenville students Kimberly Castro-Rebolledo and Christian Peebles of Legacy Charter School have been selected as Student Reporting Labs Fellows and will attend NewsHour’s annual academy this summer from June 25-30. Thanks to the very hard work of Student Reporting Lab Connected Educator Neena Kumar and mentor producer Kaitlyn Cannon of South Carolina ETV, Kimberly and Christian will join 20 other students from across the country who are traveling to Washington, D.C.

SC Senate Legislative Update May 8 - 12, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The S.C. Senate

The General Assembly reached sine die adjournment on Thursday, the last day of the regular legislative session.

All bills not enrolled for ratification or assigned to a conference committee by 5 p.m. on Thursday are stalled until the General Assembly reconvenes in January. The General Assembly will return on Tuesday, May 23 to take up conference committee reports, including the budget conference report, and any vetoes by the governor.

SC House Legislative Update May 9, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update
May 9, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 17

The House of Representatives refused to concur in Senate amendments to H.3516, comprehensive INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AND GOVERNANCE legislation, and appointed a conference committee to address its differences with the Senate on the bill.

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