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  • SC could buy some alternative-fuel school buses

    SC could buy some alternative-fuel school buses

    A state budget proposal would provide new buses that run on alternative fuel to South Carolina school districts willing to pay part of the bill.
    A state budget proposal would provide new buses that run on alternative fuel to South Carolina school districts willing to pay part of the bill.
  • DSS director to testify before Senate panel

    DSS director to testify before Senate panel

    The director of South Carolina's Department of Social Services is expected to testify before a Senate subcommittee created to investigate the agency.
    The director of South Carolina's Department of Social Services is expected to testify before a Senate subcommittee created to investigate the agency.
  • No discussion on SC anti-domestic violence bills

    No discussion on SC anti-domestic violence bills

    A committee slated to discuss legislation targeting domestic violence in South Carolina has recessed because a Senate session was running late.
    A committee slated to discuss legislation targeting domestic violence in South Carolina has recessed because a Senate session was running late.
  • Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary

    Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary

    The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.
    The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.
  • Haley signs bill requiring more DUI locks on cars

    Haley signs bill requiring more DUI locks on cars

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won't let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking.
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won't let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking.
  • New Website Wants Your Opinion of SC Roads

    New Website Wants Your Opinion of SC Roads

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:44:46 GMT
    A new website is asking for your opinion on the condition of South Carolina roads and bridges and will pass your thoughts along to state lawmakers in hopes they’ll take action.
    A new website is asking for your opinion on the condition of South Carolina roads and bridges and will pass your thoughts along to state lawmakers in hopes they’ll take action.
  • Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

    Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:37:26 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican opponent says he's decided to bypass the primary and become a petition candidate in November.
    Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican opponent says he's decided to bypass the primary and become a petition candidate in November.
  • SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:45:32 GMT
    State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

  • SC House and Senate Pass Very Different Bills on Distracted Driving

    SC House and Senate Pass Very Different Bills on Distracted Driving

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:21:42 GMT
    The House bill would ban texting and driving in SC.The House bill would ban texting and driving in SC.
    The South Carolina House and Senate each passed different bills Thursday aimed at reducing distracted driving, setting up a showdown over which, if either, becomes law.
    The South Carolina House and Senate each passed different bills Thursday aimed at reducing distracted driving, setting up a showdown over which, if either, becomes law.
  • SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:43:02 GMT
    Gail Patterson talks about her son, who died after an epileptic seizure she's convinced would have been prevented by medical marijuana.Gail Patterson talks about her son, who died after an epileptic seizure she's convinced would have been prevented by medical marijuana.
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana. He made the announcement at a news conference to push a bill he’s sponsoring that would do that.
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana. He made the announcement at a news conference to push a bill he’s sponsoring that would do that.
  • Emma's Law Heads to the Governor's Desk

    Emma's Law Heads to the Governor's Desk

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:37:59 GMT
    Members of the Longstreet family and supporters celebrate lawmakers passing Emma's Law. Members of the Longstreet family and supporters celebrate lawmakers passing Emma's Law.
    Emma's Law passes the Senate and is now going to the Governor's desk.
    Emma's Law passes the Senate and is now going to the Governor's desk.
  • Bill Would Prohibit SC Colleges from Using Lottery Money on Buildings

    Bill Would Prohibit SC Colleges from Using Lottery Money on Buildings

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:17:15 GMT
    The House Ways & Means Committee passed the Bill Tuesday afternoon.The House Ways & Means Committee passed the Bill Tuesday afternoon.
    It probably comes as a surprise to most South Carolinians who think state lottery money is for improving K-12 schools and providing college scholarships, but lottery money can be used on buildings or maintenance. A bill to prohibit that passed a House committee Tuesday afternoon and is now headed to the full House.
    It probably comes as a surprise to most South Carolinians who think state lottery money is for improving K-12 schools and providing college scholarships, but lottery money can be used on buildings or maintenance. A bill to prohibit that passed a House committee Tuesday afternoon and is now headed to the full House.
  • Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:34:10 GMT
    A bill aimed at generating more money for South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges is running into procedural problems and running out of time at the Statehouse.
    A bill aimed at generating more money for South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges is running into procedural problems and running out of time at the Statehouse.
  • Bill says teacher layoffs can't be seniority-based

    Bill says teacher layoffs can't be seniority-based

    Teachers' seniority must be downplayed in layoff decisions during budget cuts under a bill advancing in the South Carolina Senate.
    Teachers' seniority must be downplayed in layoff decisions during budget cuts under a bill advancing in the South Carolina Senate.
  • Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-03 13:33:08 GMT
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan. A hacker got into the DOR computer system and stole the private information of more than six million taxpayers almost 18 months ago.
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan. A hacker got into the DOR computer system and stole the private information of more than six million taxpayers almost 18 months ago.
  • SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:32:17 GMT
    The bill would hold students back who aren't reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade.The bill would hold students back who aren't reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade.
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade.
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade.
  • SC Bill Advances Requiring You to be Notified of Computer Security Breaches

    SC Bill Advances Requiring You to be Notified of Computer Security Breaches

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:40:52 GMT
    The state is providing ID theft protection through CSID after the DOR hacking.The state is providing ID theft protection through CSID after the DOR hacking.
    A bill that would require state agencies and private businesses to notify victims of computer security breaches advanced Thursday at the Statehouse. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, says he filed it because of the security breach two years ago at the state Department of Revenue and other recent computer attacks, like the one that hit Target and its customers.
    A bill that would require state agencies and private businesses to notify victims of computer security breaches advanced Thursday at the Statehouse. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, says he filed it because of the security breach two years ago at the state Department of Revenue and other recent computer attacks, like the one that hit Target and its customers.
  • SC House Approves Presidential Primary Bill

    SC House Approves Presidential Primary Bill

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-03-26 16:09:23 GMT
    SC House Approves Presidential Primary BillSC House Approves Presidential Primary Bill
    The House has approved a bill clarifying that the State Election Commission is responsible for South Carolina's future presidential primaries that would delete from state law a reference to the 2008 election cycle.
    The House has approved a bill clarifying that the State Election Commission is responsible for South Carolina's future presidential primaries that would delete from state law a reference to the 2008 election cycle.
  • SC House Committee Passes “Emma’s Law” to Reduce DUIs

    SC House Committee Passes “Emma’s Law” to Reduce DUIs

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-03-25 23:07:11 GMT
    Emma Longstreet was killed by a drunken driver in 2012.Emma Longstreet was killed by a drunken driver in 2012.
    The South Carolina House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed “Emma’s Law” Tuesday afternoon, including a provision that critics say weakens the bill. The bill is named after 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who was killed by a repeat offender drunken driver in 2012.
    The South Carolina House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed “Emma’s Law” Tuesday afternoon, including a provision that critics say weakens the bill. The bill is named after 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who was killed by a repeat offender drunken driver in 2012.
  • "Emma's Law" Passes SC House Subcommittee to Fight DUIs

    "Emma's Law" Passes SC House Subcommittee to Fight DUIs

    Thursday, March 20 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-03-20 23:08:14 GMT
    Supporters of Emma's Law packed a House hearing.Supporters of Emma's Law packed a House hearing.
    A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed "Emma's Law" Thursday morning, a bill aimed at preventing DUIs and saving lives.
    A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed "Emma's Law" Thursday morning, a bill aimed at preventing DUIs and saving lives.
  • Interchange at I-85 and I-385 is Top Priority for New SC Road Money

    Interchange at I-85 and I-385 is Top Priority for New SC Road Money

    Thursday, July 18 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-07-18 22:22:26 GMT
    The SCDOT met Thursday and talked about the priorities for new money.The SCDOT met Thursday and talked about the priorities for new money.
    South Carolina lawmakers agreed this year to borrow up to $500 million to improve state roads, and now we know where a big chunk of that money is likely going: the I-85/I-385 interchange in Greenville County.
    South Carolina lawmakers agreed this year to borrow up to $500 million to improve state roads, and now we know where a big chunk of that money is likely going: the I-85/I-385 interchange in Greenville County.
  • Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Friday, June 28 2013 4:33 PM EDT2013-06-28 20:33:50 GMT
    Can You Trust The Inspection Score?Can You Trust The Inspection Score?
    7 On Your Side Investigation shows some restaurants maintain "A" rating even after investigators find unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
    The investigation showed some places earn "A"s with what the state calls "Critical Risk" factors, including potentially unsafe food.
  • Cameras Could Target Drivers Who Blow By Stopped School Buses

    Cameras Could Target Drivers Who Blow By Stopped School Buses

    Thursday, May 23 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:00:51 GMT
    A grassroots effort is gaining ground that would equip school buses with external surveillance cameras as a way to deter -- and ticket -- drivers who blow past stopped school buses. David Poag is a route
    A grassroots effort is gaining ground that would equip school buses with external surveillance cameras as a way to deter -- and ticket -- drivers who blow past stopped school buses.
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