Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in the Midlands

By Marina Ziehe

House destroyed by the 2015 floodSince 1996, Home Works of America , a Columbia, S.C.-based nonprofit, has been providing free home repairs to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged home owners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Their goal is to repair homes, while assisting youth in their development and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. Volunteers include youth and adults, skilled and unskilled, from a variety of faith backgrounds and organizations. After the Great Flood of 2015, the nonprofit partnered with the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (BIA) to step up...

Jennifer Pinckney Remembers Night of Tragedy

By Aimee Crouch

Jennifer PinckneyRecently, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University hosted a conversation with Jennifer Pinckney, the late Clementa Pinckney’s wife, and two of his dear friends, Rev. Kylon Middleton and Rev. Chris Vaugh. The conversation, Reflections on Charleston , moderated by Duke Divinity School's Office of Black Church Studies' Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, ranged from the events of that fateful night to forgiveness and moving forward. Here, Jennifer Pinckney recalls that night last June at Mother Emanuel in Charleston.

Clinton Wins Big in SC

By AB Madden

Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a huge margin on Saturday in the S.C. Democratic Primary. The 73.5 percent win for Clinton does not come as a surprise, due to her expected support from minority voters in the state. MSNBC reports that African Americans made up 61 percent of the voter turnout on Saturday, proving that Clinton’s campaign has a strong advantage over Sanders’ among minority groups. Clinton was endorsed by the state’s top Democrat, Congressman Jim Clyburn. Clinton told the crowd in Columbia following her win, “Thank you so much, South Carolina…...

Jennifer Pinckney Honors Late Husband Through Foundation

By Aimee Crouch

Sen. Clementa PinckneyJennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, recently spoke at Duke University, along with Reverend Kylon Middleton and Reverend Chris Vaughn, friends of the family. Their message was of hope and forgiveness after the tragedy at Mother Emanuel in Charleston last June. Jennifer explains that through the Senator Clementa Pinckney Foundation, she is able to carry on her husband's work of being the “voice for the voiceless.” For more information on the foundation, visit The Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney Foundation .

New USC Student Housing Complex Coming to Columbia

By Krishna Thakker

Construction SiteAccording to , a new student housing complex is being built near Williams Brice Stadium for students of the University of South Carolina. Dovetail Development, which is based in Athens, Georgia, will begin construction of Wildwood Columbia by July 2016. Wildwood Columbia will consist of 17 buildings with 327,000 square feet of residences and a 7,500 square foot clubhouse. spoke with Dovetail Consultant Mike Swope, who said the dorms will be located next to USC’s practice field, the new Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility, and the $50 million dollar...

Donald Trump Wins SC Primary

By AB Madden

vote buttonThe South Carolina primary contest for the Republican Party gave Donald Trump his second victory over the other candidates. NBC News reports that by winning the First in the South Primary, Trump added “legitimacy to a campaign that many wrote off, since even before he officially announced in June.” Trump’s victory gives him an added boost, heading into Nevada caucuses this week and Super Tuesday next week. When addressing his supporters in Spartanburg on Saturday night, Trump said, "I will never forget South Carolina.” There was a tight battle for second place between Florida Senator Marco...

Legislative Update- February 19th, 2016

By K. Blackwell

Senate debate how to fix S.C. roads. This week in the State House, lawmakers dealt with issues of road repair and the budget. The House met in committee meetings all week to talk about budget details, preparing to take it to the House floor for debate in the next few weeks. The Senate took up the bill dealing with road repairs that would raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon. Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican Senator from Beaufort, continued his filibuster on the bill the whole week. He disagrees with the gas tax increase. Sen. Davis is in favor of restructuring the DOT to see if there can be better management of the funds that are...

SC GOP Chair Comments on Haley Endorsement of Rubio

By Aimee Crouch

Governor Nikki HaleyAccording to The State , Governor Nikki Haley will endorse Senator Marco Rubio at a rally tonight in Chapin. Senator Tim Scott and Representative Trey Gowdy have already endorsed the Senator from Florida. Earlier today, SC GOP Chair Matt Moore was in the Palmetto Scene studios and commented on the Haley endorsement. For the full interview, and a preview of both the Republican and Democratic primaries, watch Palmetto Scene this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

NPR'S "Here and Now" to broadcast live from SC Public Radio's studios

By Glenn Rawls

Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young of HERE AND NOW.Here and Now , the weekday news program from NPR, will broadcast live from the S.C. Public Radio studios Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19. The program will be covering the day’s news, with an emphasis on both upcoming South Carolina primaries. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, Here and Now has a daily lineup which includes interviews with NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe. Hobson will be anchoring from our Columbia studios. Here and Now has been hosted by...

Trump, Clinton Leading in South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

vote buttonA poll released by CBS News shows that Republican candidate Donald Trump continues to lead in South Carolina with 42%. Ted Cruz is more than 20 points behind Trump, with 20%, followed by Rubio at 15%. Kasich, Bush, and Carson all have under 10%. CBS News reports, “For Trump voters, who have been relatively steadfast in their support over the last few months, the percentage who say they've firmly decided on Trump has increased. Trump's lead among evangelicals is up from January, and he has widened his lead among conservatives, too.” For most of his campaign, Trump has played the outsider role...