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State House Daybook: Jan. 28, 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 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 9:30 a.m. Senate Ways and Means Transportation and Regulatory Subcommittee,...

Re-pack Causes Temporary Inconvenience for Long-term Benefits

By Tut Underwood

Transmitters for SCETV and SC Public Radio.The short interruptions that some listeners of both commercial and public radio stations have experienced to broadcasts in the past couple of months are actually the sound of progress, according to ETV Vice President of Technology and Facilities Mark Jahnke. It's a process called repacking, and it was brought about by the increasing demand for broadband services for digital devices like cell phones. In order to get faster connections through the wireless carriers, more space on the frequency spectrum was needed, and these digital device signals operate on the exact same frequencies as...

SC Lede: Trail Bites — King Day At The Dome

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 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent King Day at the Dome event in Columbia, SC, to hear from Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), businessman Tom Steyer, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and former Massachusetts Gov...

State House Daybook: Jan. 22, 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 Summary The House amended and passed several education bills. H. 3257 , would require students in middle school in high school complete courses on mental health and wellness. H. 3199 would add information about student loans to financial literacy classes high...

South Carolina ETV announces coverage plans for 2020 State of the State address

State of the StateCOLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina ETV (SCETV) and South Carolina Public Radio (SC Public Radio) today announced coverage plans for Governor Henry McMaster’s 2020 State of the State address, as well as the subsequent Democratic message. On Wednesday, January 22, SCETV will air the 2020 State of the State address starting at 7 p.m. The telecast will include Gov. McMaster’s speech, the Democratic message and interviews with various legislators. It will be simulcast in its entirety on all SC Public Radio stations, as well as on the agency’s Facebook and YouTube pages. SCETV will provide press pool...

State House Daybook: Jan. 21, 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 Summary On Thursday the House amended and gave second reading to a bill that would increase penalties for soliciting a prostitute, S. 194 by a vote of 113-0 . Current law treats the prostitute and the person soliciting a prostitute as the same, this bill...

Families Still Question Mother Emanuel Donations Despite State Inquiry

By Victoria Hansen

Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has been the focus of a SLED inquiryFelicia Sanders held her granddaughter so tight, she feared she might suffocate the child on the church floor, as a racist gunman they had welcomed to bible study executed nine fellow parishioners one by one. Bullet casings scorched her legs. She watched helplessly as her son Tywanza, just feet away in a pool of blood, took his final breath. Sanders and her granddaughter survived the massacred that claimed nine lives that night by playing dead. "This is the child who was underneath her grandmother as those 77 shots rang out," says attorney Andy Savage. "This is the child who heard those shots...

Some SC Public Libraries Begin to Drop Fines for Late Books

By Tut Underwood

Richland Library has experienced positive feedback from both patrons and staff after going fine-free for overdue books and materials. Patrons of the Richland Library have a reason to smile these days. A few months ago, the library stopped charging late fees for overdue books. The move is one more way the library tries to be accessible to people and remove barriers to using the facility, said Director Melanie Huggins, who cited a recent study that found more than 24,000 people could no longer check materials out of the library because they owed more than $10 in fines. "The staff were really champions for going fine-free because the people that were being stopped from using the library were people that $10 is a lot of money...

State House Daybook: Jan. 16, 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 Summary The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Environmental Subcommittee voted to advance a bill that would prohibit permitting of onshore infrastructure to support offshore drilling. Language in S. 870 is already on the books thanks to a proviso (a...

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