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  • SC Will Not Ignore Common Core When Writing New School Standards

    SC Will Not Ignore Common Core When Writing New School Standards

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:34:40 GMT
    This meeting Thursday was for senators to clarify their intent in a law dealing with Common Core standards.This meeting Thursday was for senators to clarify their intent in a law dealing with Common Core standards.
    State lawmakers were assured Thursday that South Carolina will not ignore the current Common Core standards in math and English when new standards are written. State education superintendent Mick Zais had ordered the panels writing the new standards to ignore Common Core completely, prompting lawmakers to call a meeting.
    State lawmakers were assured Thursday that South Carolina will not ignore the current Common Core standards in math and English when new standards are written. State education superintendent Mick Zais had ordered the panels writing the new standards to ignore Common Core completely, prompting lawmakers to call a meeting.
  • New Standard for Teaching Evolution in SC Gets Approval

    New Standard for Teaching Evolution in SC Gets Approval

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:27:02 GMT
    An education panel discusses the new evolution standard Tuesday.An education panel discusses the new evolution standard Tuesday.
    South Carolina biology teachers would be using a new standard for teaching evolution, after a joint education panel approved a change Tuesday.
    South Carolina biology teachers would be using a new standard for teaching evolution, after a joint education panel approved a change Tuesday.
  • Senate confirms Harris nomination to appeals court

    Senate confirms Harris nomination to appeals court

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Pamela Harris to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
    The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Pamela Harris to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • SC Becoming More Secretive

    SC Becoming More Secretive

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:44:35 GMT
    DeAngelo Gantt Sentenced In Deadly ShootingDeAngelo Gantt Sentenced In Deadly Shooting
    Watchdog groups in South Carolina are worried that several recent state Supreme Court rulings and other actions are making the state more secretive, making it harder for you to follow your government.
    Watchdog groups in South Carolina are worried that several recent state Supreme Court rulings and other actions are making the state more secretive, making it harder for you to follow your government.
  • Lt. Gov Candidates Address SC Senior Needs, Lack of Resources

    Lt. Gov Candidates Address SC Senior Needs, Lack of Resources

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:22:13 GMT
    Candidates for Lieutenant Governor are releasing plans to address South Carolina’s senior needs.Candidates for Lieutenant Governor are releasing plans to address South Carolina’s senior needs.
    From overcrowded nursing home to a lack of transportation—candidates for Lieutenant Governor are releasing plans to address South Carolina’s senior needs.
    From overcrowded nursing home to a lack of transportation—candidates for Lieutenant Governor are releasing plans to address South Carolina’s senior needs.

  • 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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  • Spartanburg Co. Deputies Seek Suspect in Longbow Dr. Robbery

    Spartanburg Co. Deputies Seek Suspect in Longbow Dr. Robbery

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:23:20 GMT
    Spartanburg Co. deputies are seraching for Bradley Rashad Jefferson. They say he is wanted for armed robbery. Photo courtesy: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's OfficeSpartanburg Co. deputies are seraching for Bradley Rashad Jefferson. They say he is wanted for armed robbery. Photo courtesy: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office
    The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says they've made an arrest and are looking for another suspect after an armed robbery Wednesday on Longbow Drive.
    The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says they've made an arrest and are looking for another suspect after an armed robbery Wednesday on Longbow Drive.
  • Flooding Possible Across Upstate, WNC

    Flooding Possible Across Upstate, WNC

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:13:39 GMT
    The 24/7 Weather Team says to expect chances of showers and perhaps a few rumbles of thunder.
    The 24/7 Weather Team says to expect chances of showers and perhaps a few rumbles of thunder.
  • Gaffney Woman Dies After Falling From Golf Cart

    Gaffney Woman Dies After Falling From Golf Cart

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:53:49 GMT
    Melanie Blanton Whisenant, 52, died Wednesday.Melanie Blanton Whisenant, 52, died Wednesday.
    A woman died after falling from a moving golf cart in Cherokee County last weekend, according to the coroner's office.Melanie Blanton Whisenant, 52, died Wednesday.Authorities say she was in the front passenger seat of the golf cart on Saturday when the driver turned the cart, Whisenant, who was reaching down to the floor, fell out and hit the pavement.An autopsy is scheduled.
    A woman died after falling from a moving golf cart in Cherokee County last weekend, according to the coroner's office.Melanie Blanton Whisenant, 52, died Wednesday.Authorities say she was in the front passenger seat of the golf cart on Saturday when the driver turned the cart, Whisenant, who was reaching down to the floor, fell out and hit the pavement.An autopsy is scheduled.
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