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A Clemson Architect Weighs in on 'Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again'

By Scott Morgan

The U.S. Capitol is a grand achievement of classical architecture. A potential presidential order could make all federal building projects above a certain price be crafted in this same style. That doesn't sit well with several architects.A potential Trump administration plan dubbed “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” would demand that all federal building projects costing above $50 million be designed in the neoclassical style. The aim is to unify the architectural style of major federal buildings. But the initiative has drawn the ire of architects around the country. “The idea of mandating a style is against the idea of making buildings beautiful,” says Kate Schwennsen, an architecture professor at Clemson University. She’s also a former president of the American Institute of Architects who, along with 33 of her...

South Carolina's Bats Are Dying. Here's Why You Should Care

By Scott Morgan

bbf05d91-cb27-4688-81c0-4dc72cad3ac7Somewhere at the middle-end of the 19th century, a railroad tunnel under construction in Walhalla partially collapsed and left behind a cave that tricolor bats really took to. There used to be hundreds of the small, furry bats hibernating through the winters by clinging to the rock. By February 10 of this year, there were seven. “That’s a huge decline,” says Jennifer Kindel, the lead bat biologist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. She finds the reality depressing. The reason for the massive drop in numbers of tricolor bats here is due almost entirely to White Nose...

Leaning on His Backbone, Biden’s Soul of the Nation Bus Tour Swings Through Palmetto State

By Thelisha Eaddy

Bishopville resident Willie McDonald listens as Valerie Biden Owens talks about her brother Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. McDonald said he's voting for Biden because he best represents him.About two weeks ago, when Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden realized his showing in the New Hampshire Primary was going to be low, the former Vice President made a trip to South Carolina for a launch party. Surrounded by a diverse crowd of energetic supporters, Biden said despite poor numbers in Iowa, and similar expectations in New Hampshire, their fight was just beginning. “We haven’t heard from the most committed constituents of the Democratic party; the African-American community.” South Carolina’s first in the South Primary will show how popular Biden, and the other...

Study Finds Engagement High Among South Carolina's African-American Voters

By Scott Morgan

fae66474-c153-4cec-97c6-a05808bb132bA new study from personal finance and economics website WalletHub places South Carolina third overall in the level of engagement it sees from African-American voters, making the Palmetto State the most engaged among reliably red states. While the study found that African-American voters were noticeably more engaged in states that went blue in the 2016 presidential election, black voter engagement here ranked higher than any traditionally blue state. But it also ranks the state low on how easy it is for black voters to get to the polls at all. According to WalletHub, South Carolina’s voter ID...

75 Years Later, the Public Gets Access to Rare Images from Iwo Jima

By Thelisha Eaddy

Images of soldiers during the five-week long battle of Iwo Jima are now publically accessibleCarrying the wounded to a make-shift hospital, taking communion, and traveling by sea are just some of the images revealed in never-before-seen films taken during the battle of Iwo Jima. The start of this World War II battle began 75 years ago this week and lasted just over a month. After 36 days of fighting, more than 6,000 Americans were killed as well as almost all of the 21,000 Japanese who defended the island. These images are made available through a partnership between the history division of the United States Marine Corps and the University of South Carolina. The school's Moving Image...

SC Lede: Trail Bites — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer

By Gavin Jackson

SC LEDE logoOn this edition for the week of February 20, 2020, host Gavin Jackson takes us to recent campaign stops by former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and businessman Tom Steyer. Full remarks from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign on the SCETV YouTube page . And you can subscribe to the South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher , and Spotify. You can also follow the show on Instagram and Twitter .

State House Daybook: Feb. 20, 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 Finance Committee, Gressette Room 105, Agenda Available ,...

A Touch of Snow Possible In Parts of South Carolina Thursday

By Ray Hawthorne

a03a7573-3543-4a48-8b1a-df520b13acdcUPDATE: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Chesterfield, Lancaster, York, and Cherokee counties, valid from early Thursday morning through late Thursday night. It has been a mild and wet winter thus far in the Palmetto State. The “wet” is not likely to go away this week, but enough “cold” could make the weather interesting Thursday into Thursday night. A cold front will make a clean pass through the state by midday Wednesday. Chilly air from a high pressure area plunging south out of Canada into the Dakotas will begin to make its presence felt tonight. Temperatures are expected to...

State House Daybook: Feb. 19, 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 12:00 p.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 Finance Committee, Gressette Room 105, Agenda Available ,...

Rock Hill Democrats Hope, Worry, and Hope (In That Order) As Primary Looms

By Scott Morgan

acd65b83-419b-4344-89d5-f0ea316dfe7dNote: This story has been amended to remove a reference to Michael Bloomberg setting up operations in South Carolina. Bloomberg is not on the South Carolina ballot. Democrats are united on one idea. They want to unseat President Donald Trump. But past that, and even with the South Carolina Democratic Primary right around the corner, likely progressive voters are in a street fight between their ideals and who they think stands the best chance of accomplishing their main objective. When voters hit the polls on February 29, it will be one day after a debate in Charleston. And that could actually...

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