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  • SC House Creates New Committee to Improve Roads

    SC House Creates New Committee to Improve Roads

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:16:17 GMT
    The South Carolina House has created a special new committee to study the condition of the state's roads and bridges and come up with a plan to improve them, including how to pay for it. The committee's first meeting will be Tuesday at the Statehouse.
    The South Carolina House has created a special new committee to study the condition of the state's roads and bridges and come up with a plan to improve them, including how to pay for it. The committee's first meeting will be Tuesday at the Statehouse.
  • House Speaker Harrell Suspends Himself From Office

    House Speaker Harrell Suspends Himself From Office

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:12:32 GMT
    Harrell said in a statement Thursday he believes it's the best decision for the House and the people of South Carolina.Harrell said in a statement Thursday he believes it's the best decision for the House and the people of South Carolina.
    South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has suspended himself from office a day after a grand jury indicted him on charges of misconduct and using campaign donations for personal use. Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas of Hartsville will immediately step up as speaker.
    South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has suspended himself from office a day after a grand jury indicted him on charges of misconduct and using campaign donations for personal use. Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas of Hartsville will immediately step up as speaker.
  • House Speaker Harrell Indicted

    House Speaker Harrell Indicted

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 23:17:21 GMT
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    South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has been indicted on accusations of misuse of campaign funds and misconduct and malfeasance in office.
    South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has been indicted on accusations of misuse of campaign funds and misconduct and malfeasance in office.
  • Governor's Task Force Drafts Prescription Drug Abuse Plan

    Governor's Task Force Drafts Prescription Drug Abuse Plan

    Friday, September 5 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-05 20:58:21 GMT
    The Governor's Task Force discusses the first draft of the statewide plan.The Governor's Task Force discusses the first draft of the statewide plan.
    The Governor's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council has created a first draft of the statewide plan to reduce prescription drug abuse.
    The Governor's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council has created a first draft of the statewide plan to reduce prescription drug abuse.
  • Sellers asks McMaster to resign from elite club

    Sellers asks McMaster to resign from elite club

    The Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor is challenging Republican opponent Henry McMaster to renounce his membership in a reportedly all-white country club.
    The Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor is challenging Republican opponent Henry McMaster to renounce his membership in a reportedly all-white country club.
  • SC Legislative Panel Discusses Medical Marijuana

    SC Legislative Panel Discusses Medical Marijuana

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-09-03 22:58:31 GMT
    South Carolina still has a lot to do before implementing a law allowing residents to use oil derived from marijuana for medicinal purposes.
    South Carolina still has a lot to do before implementing a law allowing residents to use oil derived from marijuana for medicinal purposes.
  • SC House Meets to Vote on 2 Vetoes, Costs Taxpayers $34,000

    SC House Meets to Vote on 2 Vetoes, Costs Taxpayers $34,000

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:32:36 GMT
    The SC House overrode one veto and sustained another.The SC House overrode one veto and sustained another.
    The South Carolina House of Representatives met for a one-day special session Wednesday to vote on two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed. The session cost taxpayers about $34,000 in mileage, hotel, and meal costs. House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the bills couldn't have waited until lawmakers return in January.
    The South Carolina House of Representatives met for a one-day special session Wednesday to vote on two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed. The session cost taxpayers about $34,000 in mileage, hotel, and meal costs. House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the bills couldn't have waited until lawmakers return in January.
  • 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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  • Drivers Complain About Loose Gravel On I-85

    Drivers Complain About Loose Gravel On I-85

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:54:20 GMT
    Dozens of drivers have filed complaints with the South Carolina Department of Transportation over loose gravel along a stretch of I-85. Officials said the complaints, which topped out at between 6 and 8 per day last week, stem from gravel that's damaged vehicles between Highway 14 and 129, where crews are working on a two-year-long resurfacing project.
    Dozens of drivers have filed complaints with the South Carolina Department of Transportation over loose gravel along a stretch of I-85. Officials said the complaints, which topped out at between 6 and 8 per day last week, stem from gravel that's damaged vehicles between Highway 14 and 129, where crews are working on a two-year-long resurfacing project.
  • Youth Pastor Killed in Crash On I-26 In Spartanburg Co.

    Youth Pastor Killed in Crash On I-26 In Spartanburg Co.

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:44:22 GMT
    Troopers say two men were ejected after the truck they were in overturned. Then a driver hit one of the men, a 25-year-old youth pastor, and drove off.
    Troopers say two men were ejected after the truck they were in overturned. Then a driver hit one of the men, a 25-year-old youth pastor, and drove off.
  • Group Protests Woodruff HS's Flag Removal

    Group Protests Woodruff HS's Flag Removal

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:22:52 GMT
    On September 11, four students showed up at the school with U.S. flags flying from their vehicles. The flags were confiscated after officials said it was against school district policy to "draw attention" to one's vehicle.
    On September 11, four students showed up at the school with U.S. flags flying from their vehicles. The flags were confiscated after officials said it was against school district policy to "draw attention" to one's vehicle.
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