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Columbia's Riverfront Park Reopens

By Andrea Esselman

Welcome Back Sign at ParkColumbia’s Riverfront Park is more than just a path by the river. It is a place that brings people together. After the canal was breached during the historic flood, the Columbia Riverfront Park was closed. However, portions of the park finally reopened this past Tuesday. Already, the stories of how it is drawing people from all over are flooding in. George and Pat Flammer are from New York. They own a home here in Columbia that they visit a few times during the year, especially during the winter when it is cold further north. “We’re very happy that it’s open again,” says Pat. Sarah Parks and...

House Passes Tucker Hipps Transparency Bill and Senate Works to Help Farmers

Senate looks to help farmers. This week at the South Carolina State House, senators hoped to provide funding for state farmers who were crippled by last year’s historic flooding. The Senate Finance Committee met this week to discuss the current bill that would allow $40 million to be appropriated to help farms that suffered damage from the flood waters. Sen. President Pro Temper Hugh Leatherman said in a statement that the matter is urgent. “There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to this issue. We need to make sure we are not only designating the right amount, but also doing it quickly. If not, we’ll clearly...

New Domestic Violence Committee Bill Signed Into Law

By Aimee Crouch

Governor Nikki HaleyOn Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that establishes a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. The committees, one in each of the 16 Solicitor Circuits, will identify and review all domestic violence deaths. The recommendations from these reviews will then be sent to the State Domestic Violence Advisory Committee. Haley said, "This is the beginning of what is going to be South Carolina reforming herself to say that survivors matter, victims matter, and that domestic abuse is part of the past, and not part of the future of South Carolina." Law enforcement, medical...

SC Offshore Drilling Plan Canceled

By AB Madden

BeachSouth Carolina is among four southeastern states that will no longer be a part of the federal government’s offshore drilling plan. The U.S. Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, announced Tuesday that it has canceled its plans to allow oil and natural gas drilling along the coast. Southeastern waters have never been proposed for oil drilling before this plan was created about a year ago. The new plan would have allowed oil rigs 50 miles off the coast, but would not have started until the year 2021. The State reports that every coastal city council in S.C. passed a resolution against the plan...

Download SCETV App

By Tabitha Safdi

SCETV AppThe SCETV App for your mobile device features local and national content, giving viewers and listeners content at their fingertips. On the television front, viewers are able to access on-demand videos for some of their most beloved local and national programming. The broadcast schedule is available with the option of push notifications to be sent as a reminder for watching programs live. Radio enthusiasts have access to South Carolina Public Radio’s live news and classical stations. Everything from content to cue sheets will be represented. If you prefer to wake up to NPR, the alarm clock...

Senate Passes Roads Bill, but Not Everyone is Happy

By Katie Geer

Senate looks to fund road repairs. The roads in South Carolina may be one step closer to repair, but many lawmakers are unhappy with the current bill that passed through the Senate this week. The Senate gave the $400 million roads plan key approval with a 30-15 vote. This version of a roads bill does not include a gas tax hike but does focus on restructuring the Department of Transportation. The House bill, which passed its own version last year, included a ten cent on the gallon increase on the gas tax, a small cut to the income tax, and restructured some of the DOT, as well. The changes in the Senate’s version of the bill...

Construction of Spirit Communications Park Reaches Its Final Phases

By Marina Ziehe

Construction of Columbia ballpark underwayOn April 14, Columbia residents will be presented with a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue, also the new home of the city’s new minor league baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies. The new multi-use venue, Spirit Communications Park, will serve as the centerpiece of the BullStreet Commons development on the site of the former mental health campus on Bull Street. BullStreet Commons calls for 414,000 square feet of retail space for shops, restaurants, plus apartments and offices. Hughes Development Corporation is heading up the project. According to a study commissioned by the Greater...

SC Senate Comes to Compromise on Roads Bill

By AB Madden

pot hole in the roadThe South Carolina Senate has reached a compromise after nearly five days of filibusters over the S.C. road funding bill. WIS reports that Senators reached an agreement over a proposed Republican amendment that sends more money to fund S.C. roads without increasing gas taxes. The amendment would also give Governor Nikki Haley the right to choose all of the eight SCDOT commissioners, with final approval from the Senate. A big issue during the filibuster involved the State Infrastructure Bank, which will be required to submit all road construction projects to the DOT commission for consent...

Columbia Ranked Among Top 50 Best Places to Live

By Andrea Esselman

Columbia SkylineThe city of Columbia is a pretty great place to live, at least according to this year's U.S. News and World Report's Best Places to Live list. According to the report, "U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live." Columbia was placed at number 46, with an overall score of 6.6 out of 10. The ratings looked at the value, desirability, job market, and quality of life in the cities analyzed. Columbia's strongest asset is its cost of living, which is considerably lower than the national average. This boosted the value ranking, which is calculated in the...

Richland and Lexington Counties Get Federal Aid for Flood Recovery

By Krishna Thakker

Houses under water, result of the 2015 floodSouth Carolina has received $157 million in federal aid to help fund flood repairs. Government agencies will receive 62 percent of the funds and the rest will be split between Lexington County, Richland County, and the city of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Julian Castro, pointed out in a report that the state will receive about $97 million, Richland County will receive $23.5 million, Lexington will get $16 million, and the city of Columbia will get about $16 million. According the The State , a HUD news release reported that the funds will...

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