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Ex-councilman gets maximum for lying on gun application

COLUMBIA (AP) - A former South Carolina county councilman has been given the maximum 18-month sentence for lying about an indictment on child sex charges when he tried to buy a gun. "If I could give you more, I probably would," federal district … more

Lawmakers: S.C. redistricting lawsuit is premature

COLUMBIA - Leading South Carolina Republican lawmakers are dismissing allegations they are taking too long to draw new congressional and legislative districts, arguing that legal action should be held off until new lines are actually drawn. The … more

Juvenile guards wanted: Must endure long shifts, violence

COLUMBIA (AP) - Looking for work in South Carolina? Juvenile Justice corrections officers get $35,000 a year to start, but the shifts are grueling, and violence is an ever-present danger. The acting head of South Carolina's Office of Juvenile … more

Alex Murdaugh is denied bond on $3M theft charges

COLUMBIA (AP) — A judge denied bond Tuesday for Alex Murdaugh, saying the attorney's considerable financial resources and mental instability appear for now to make it too risky to allow him to … more

Savannah River Site contractor sued over vaccine mandate

COLUMBIA - The operator of a sprawling federal nuclear reservation in South Carolina says the vast majority of its 5,500 workers are now vaccinated against COVID-19 after the company mandated the shots. But nearly 80 Savannah River Site employees … more

Dylann Roof's request to reconsider recusal is denied

Dylann Roof's chances for a new appellate hearing continue to dwindle, with a court refusing to reconsider recusing itself from his appeal over his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina … more

Murdaugh charged with taking insurance money in maid's death

COLUMBIA — A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper, state police said Thursday.Alex Murdaugh was … more

S.C.'s Tim Scott gives early nod to McMaster in governor race

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott didn't endorse a primary candidate in South Carolina's 2018 gubernatorial race, but for 2022, he's offering an early nod to incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. Next month, … more

Dismissal upheld in S.C. lawsuit over unemployment benefits

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit against Gov. Henry McMaster over his early exit from federal unemployment programs providing extra money to … more

Ex-S.C. sheriff off to prison on 1-year misconduct sentence

COLUMBIA (AP) — A former sheriff in South Carolina reported to prison Wednesday to serve a one-year sentence for using his power and office to pressure a personal assistant to have sex with … more

Lawsuit says South Carolina redistricting is taking too long

COLUMBIA (AP) - Two civil rights groups are suing South Carolina, saying state lawmakers are taking too long to draw new maps for U.S. and state House districts. Candidates are required to file to run for the 2022 races by the end of March, but … more

1st executive to head to prison in doomed nuclear project

COLUMBIA - A former utility executive who lied to ratepayers and regulators, costing billions of dollars after he found out a pair of nuclear reactors being built in South Carolina were hopelessly behind schedule, will soon be heading to prison for … more

Appellate court sets hearing in South Carolina abortion case

An appellate court is set to debate a lawsuit challenging South Carolina's abortion law about a week after the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar measure in Mississippi. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively calendared the … more

Documentary reviews Confederate flag fight in Orangeburg

ORANGEBURG (AP) - South Carolina Public Television stations are showing a documentary on Sunday about how a Confederate flag flying outside an ice cream shop ruined a businessman's dream. "Meltdown in Dixie" airs at 6 p.m. Sunday. It tells the … more

S.C.'s McMaster has raised $3.5M for reelection

In his pursuit of a second full term, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster brought in more than $1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, eclipsing the amount one of his Democratic challengers has raised overall since launching his … more

Suits: Fake account with similar name key to Murdaugh scheme

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina lawyer charged with trying to arrange his own death created a fraudulent bank account to steal money from an insurance settlement for his dead housekeeper and from his law firm, according to two lawsuits filed this … more

Haley, Scott, Rubio advising group pushing for Republican diversity

A group intent on expanding Republican power over state-level offices is rolling out a national effort to diversify and grow the GOP, led by an advisory council featuring several potential future presidential contenders. The Republican State … more

Coroner: Feet that washed up far apart were from same woman

NORTH CHARLESTON (AP) — Two human feet that washed ashore months and miles apart in South Carolina belonged to the same person, officials said.Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal said at … more

Lawmakers OK $92M in S.C. prison upgrades

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina corrections officials will move forward with $92 million in improvement projects at prisons statewide after lawmakers' approval. The Joint Bond Review Committee's Tuesday approval marks the state's largest one-year … more

S.C. elections head resigns post early

COLUMBIA (AP) - The executive director of the South Carolina Election Commission has left her position several months earlier than planned, with the agency saying she's taking a new job at a nonprofit that provides cybersecurity resources to … more
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