This Week in South Carolina

Former Rep. Jim Merrill Pleads Guilty, Cooperates with Corruption Probe

September 1, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, in Judge Robert Hoods Columbia courtroom on Sept. 1, 2017.

Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, plead guilty Friday to one misconduct in office charge stemming from a public corruption probe into the South Carolina State House. Merrill admitted his guilt to the one charge in Judge Robert Hood’s Columbia courtroom and was...

SC Sends Emergency Assistance to Texas

August 29, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
 South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams (SC-HART) have been deployed to Texas.

Helicopters and specialized teams are heading to Texas this week to assist with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Tuesday that in response to Texas' request, the state is sending two helicopter aquatic...

Santee Cooper CEO Retires Amid Failed Nuclear Project

August 25, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
The Santee Cooper board meets on Aug. 25, 2017 and announces the retirement of CEO Lonnie Carter.

Lonnie Carter, the CEO of the state-owned electric company Santee Cooper, announced his retirement Friday, after a 35-year career ended in the wake of a failed nuclear power plant project. The announcement came at a special called board meeting in Columbia and after a...

Sen. Graham Calls on AG Sessions, DHS to Investigate Domestic Terror, Racist Groups

August 15, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Sen. Lindsey Graham in Columbia on Aug. 15, 2017.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he wants U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to personally investigate the domestic terrorism and civil rights abuses that happened in Charlottesville on Saturday. Graham, during an unrelated press conference, went further and called...

SC Attorney General Sues Opioid Company Over Epidemic

August 15, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
S.C. Rep. Eric Bedingfield holds a picture of his son who died from an overdose in 2016.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson lodged a lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, Tuesday, over deceptive marketing of painkillers to patients that helped fuel that state’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed in Richland County Court, alleges Purdue...

Hundreds Turn Out for Job Fair Following Nuclear Project Closure

August 14, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Hundreds attend the Employ SC job fair in Chapin on Aug. 14, 2017.

Hundreds of people attended a job fair in Chapin Monday, following the termination of the V.C. Summer nuclear project in late July. Approximately 6,000 people were affected by the project closure, many of whom sought out job opportunities with state agencies and private...

SC Farmers Can Now Apply to Grow Hemp

August 10, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMaster signs the industrial hemp bill during a ceremonial bill signing on June 21, 2017.

Applications are now available for farmers in South Carolina to grow the state’s newest crop—hemp. Earlier this year, lawmakers, led by Rep. Russell Ott, a Democrat from St. Matthews, sent the governor a bill, which he signed in May, making it legal to grow industrial hemp...

Senate Leaders Call For Special Session Over Failed Nuclear Project

August 4, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Lawmakers could return to session to block potential rate hikes as a result of the failure of the V.C. Summer Project.

South Carolina Senate leaders want to convene a special legislative session to tackle issues from a failed nuclear power plant project. Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, and Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler, D-Columbia, wrote Senate President Pro Tempore...

Officials: Prepare For Potential Eclipse Day Problems

August 3, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Always wear eclipse glasses during and after the solar eclipse.

Several South Carolina officials want citizens to be prepared for traffic, delays and even dangerous accidents caused by the rare eclipse and an influx of visitors to the state. A lot of things could happen around that event and we’re prepared for those,” Major General...

Templeton Wades Into Controversial Topics During First Town Hall

August 2, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
S.C. gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton talks with people before a town hall event on Aug. 1, 2017.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton fielded questions during a 90-minute Pickens County GOP town hall event Tuesday. During the 90-minute event, Templeton waded into issues dealing with southern heritage, transgender issues, her brief tenure at the S.C...

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant Enters South Carolina Governor's Race

July 28, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant Enters South Carolina Governor's Race

ANDERSON -- Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant officially entered the 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial race alongside his family on Friday, touting his conservative record and a need to restore integrity in the state capital. Bryant is running on the fiscal and moral conservative...

EPA Administrator Meets With SC Farmers, Industry Over Water Rule

July 24, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt meets with South Carolina elected officials and farmers on July 24, 2017.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt held a roundtable meeting Monday with several elected officials, agriculture and utility representatives in Orangeburg County on a federal rule regulating waterways. Pruitt was seeking input on redefining the Obama-...

Gas Tax Increase Already Funding 200 Miles of Pavements

July 20, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Statewide improvement projects across the state according to the S.C. Department of Transportation

More than 200 miles of roadways are set to be repaved across the state due to the gas tax increase lawmakers approved in May. The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced Thursday that $26.5 million worth of projects are moving forward. SCDOT Secretary Christy...

Voting Data Remains Secure, SC Election Commission

July 19, 2017 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
S.C. Election Commission meeting on July 19, 2017.

South Carolina Election Commission Director Marci Andino told commissioners at their monthly meeting Wednesday that reports of 150,000 attempts to access the state voter database last November was overblown. “Those were not Russian hackers attempting to get access to the...

South Carolina Department of Education Provides Helpful Resources for Total Solar Eclipse

July 18, 2017 - Posted in News by Bette Jamison
United States map showing the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Although total solar eclipses are not uncommon, the solar eclipse occurring August 21, 2017 is the first total solar eclipse to be visible in the contiguous United States in nearly 100 years. The 2017 total solar eclipse is the first to be observable from anywhere in the...