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It's Census Time, South Carolina. But Can We Get Past the Hangups?

March 18, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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A look at South Carolina's anticipated response rates to the 2020 Census. The redder the area, the less likely it is expected to respond. Such apathy can have huge consequences on school funding, government services, and representation on Election Day. Credit U.S. Census...

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

February 25, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio 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...

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

February 25, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Somewhere 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...

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

February 24, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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A 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-...

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

February 19, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Note: 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...

A Peek at South Carolina's New Voting Machines

January 14, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Lancaster resident Rita Huffman test drives the county's new voting machines at a recent public demonstration. The new system is a two-step process that involves a return to a handheld paper ballot. Credit Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio The Feb. 29 Democratic...

Expungements, Housing, and Finding Work in South Carolina

December 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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You did something when you were younger. Something kind of stupid that got you busted, way way back when you were a different person. And now you can't seem to find a decent place to live or a decent job because of an arrest – not even a conviction! – that's still stuck on...

South Carolina ETV announces promotions for radio leadership

November 25, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) today announced promotions for the leadership of its radio network – South Carolina Public Radio (SC Public Radio). Sean Birch has been named director of programming and operations, and John Gasque is now the network’s news...

A Quarter Century for Murder and an Ex-Prosecutor's Change of Heart

October 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Doug O'Neal spent 24 years in prison for the murder of a woman police still can't identify. But the evidence against him was so questionable that even the man who helped put him away says he's innocent. In 1990, Doug and Catherine O’Neal were in their Columbia home, giving...

South Carolina Public Radio wins five first-place awards

October 28, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Public Radio (SCPR) this weekend received five first-place awards – four from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) and one from the Associated Press (AP). Those two organizations hosted a joint convention...

Chester Residents Call Out Gun Violence, Culture of Silence

September 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
Chester Residents Call Out Gun Violence, Culture of Silence

The City of Chester is in crisis. Shootings are on the rise and so are shooting-related deaths. So far this year, police have taken more than 130 calls about shots being fired. That’s 20 more than all of last year. Chester residents marched for 'Freedom From Gun Violence'...

When Hurricane Hugo Rocked the Piedmont

September 17, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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On Sept. 21, 1989, a lot of people in the Piedmont went to bed before the storm arrived. They knew it was on its way; some even knew about it hitting the coast. But hurricane or no hurricane, hurricanes don’t barrel across states and then make their way north, so most...

Inside the Rock Hill Boxing Club's Quest for a Better Community

September 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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The Rock Hill Boxing Club is the kind of old school gym real boxers come out of – Golden Glove contenders, burgeoning pros, Olympic hopefuls …. There’s nothing corporate or pretentious about this place. It’s decorated with spray paint and duct tape-wrapped bags; it’s...

Aiken Native was the First African-American Woman to Graduate from Annapolis

August 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Until the fall of 1976, only men were admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. But that year, the Navy opened 80 spaces for women, who would be the first to graduate in, fittingly, the Class of 1980. Among these women was Janie Mines, who grew up in Aiken and today lives in Fort...

Nearly Half the Country's Most Eviction-Prone Rural/Small Cities Are in South Carolina

July 29, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Of the 100 most eviction-prone rural and small cities in the United States, 47 are in South Carolina. Thirty South Carolina rural/small cities are in the top 50. Those numbers come from the Eviction Lab project at Princeton University, which compiled eviction filings and...

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