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Clemson Football Team Honored at The White House

June 12, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
President Donald Trump stands with Clemson football team and South Carolina politicians at the White House on June 12, 2017.

President Donald Trump honored the 2016 NCAA Football National Championship-winning Clemson football team at the White House on Monday. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabam Crimson Tide 35-31 in January to win the national title that eluded them the year before. Trump,...

Gov. McMaster Vetoes $56.4 Million From State Budget

June 12, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster

Gov. Henry McMaster used his veto pen to nix $56.4 million from the state budget, including millions to upgrade the state's aging school buses. The 41 vetoes represent a fraction of the state's roughly $8 billion budget lawmakers sent him last week. McMaster only struck $20...

Drought Status Improves In South Carolina

June 8, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
All counties within the state are now in normal or incipient drought status.

All 46 counties in South Carolina are now at either normal drought status or incipient, according to state officials. The state Drought Response Committee downgraded the statuses of multiple counties around the state, thanks to increased precipitation since April. The...

Hurricane Season Is Underway, Above Normal Year Predicted

June 8, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
The South Carolina shoreline in Garden City.

The Atlantic hurricane season is underway, eight months after South Carolina was hit by one of its worst hurricanes. The Category 1 Hurricane Matthew made landfall near McClellanville last October and killed five people across the state. Storm surge reached over six feet in...

Drug Monitoring Law To Fight Opioid Abuse

June 7, 2017 - Posted in News 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...

Charleston Harbor Receives Fund for Deepening

May 30, 2017 - Posted in News 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...

Richland County Library Wins National Award

May 16, 2017 - Posted in News 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’...

SC Senate Legislative Update May 8 - 12, 2017

May 15, 2017 - Posted in News 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...

SC House Legislative Update May 9, 2017

May 15, 2017 - Posted in News 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...

SC House Legislative Update April 25, 2017

May 1, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. House of Representatives.

Legislative Update April 25, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 15 The House of Representatives concurred in Senate amendments to H.3792, a bill addressing MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR RESTROOMS AVAILABLE AT MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STADIUMS, and enrolled the legislation for ratification. This...

SC Senate Legislative Update April 24 - April 28, 2017

May 1, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. State House.

On Thursday, the Senate gave a third and final reading to an amended version of H. 3516, commonly called the roads bill, by a vote of 30-9. The Senate’s version would raise the state’s motor fuel user fee 2 cents per gallon over a six year period for a total of 12 cents, in...

USC Women's Basketball Team Honored at State House

April 28, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
USC head coach Dawn Staley

The 2017 national championship-winning University of South Carolina women's basketball team, along with head coach Dawn Staley, were honored at the State House on April 25, 2017. The ceremony in the State House culminates nearly a month of festivities honoring the Gamecocks...

S.C. Forestry Commission Celebrates Nine Decades

April 27, 2017 - Posted in News by Aimee Crouch
Forestry Commission Celebration

The SC Forestry Commission celebrated its 90th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony at the State House and announced the economic impact of the state's forestry industry. A Clemson University study found that the industry has a $21 billion impact on the state's economy...

SC Senate Legislative Update April 17 - 21, 2017

April 24, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. State House.

The Senate began debate on H. 3516, commonly called the roads bill, and adopted the Senate Finance Committee amendment. The committee amendment increases the motor fuel user fee two cents per year over six years. When fully implemented, the legislation is estimated to...

USC Rhodes Scholar Recognized by Senate

April 21, 2017 - Posted in News by Aimee Crouch
SC State House

University of South Carolina senior Jory Fleming, a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, was recognized on the floor of the S.C. Senate this week. Jory is a double major in geography and marine science, with a minor in geophysics.

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