It appears a roads bill that has dominated debate this Statehouse session may be close to passage. The South Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill 102-3 Tuesday that would both restructure the state Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) leadership and borrow up to $2.2 billion for projects the next 10 years. The plan effectively merges a pair of bills that crisscrossed back-and-forth between the House and Senate over the past two
The South Carolina Senate is studying a bill that would offer state income tax deductions for military retirees. According to the State newspaper the plan would offer military retirees with at least 20 years of service a deduction of $17,500 a year for those under 65 or $30,000 a year for 65 or older. Retirees under 65 must get job in the state with an annual salary of at least $17,500. The bill unanimously passed the House in 2015 and
Included in this evening's newscast: -- Federal prosecutors indicated Tuesday they will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof. -- The SC House is about to pass a road funding package that revamps DOT and borrows up to $2.2 billion to pay for roadwork. -- Restaurant owners across the state worry new federal overtime rules could hurt their employees more than help. -- A bill advancing to the Senate floor would no longer allow
Federal prosecutors indicated Tuesday they will seek the death penalty against the 22-year-old white man accused of murdering nine parishioners at a historically-black Charleston church last year. The decision by Attorney General Loretta Lynch means Dylann Roof, formerly of Eastover, now faces capital trials in both state and federal courts after the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett
A bill advancing to the state Senate floor would no longer allow South Carolina cities and towns to cancel elections if only one person is listed on the ballot. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that would require municipal elections to be held even with only a single incumbent officially running. State Reps. Laurie Funderburk, D-Camden, and Ralph Kennedy, R-Leesville, say voters should still have the right
A man accused of shooting and killing a North Charleston bartender last month cursed at the victim’s mother when she scolded him in a court hearing Monday. 18-year-old Jahmal Green, Jr. attended his hearing on video feed from the Charleston County jail. The magistrate told Green he faced more charges if he interrupted the mother of Eric Brantley again.
A new report warns South Carolina may be posting false information to the state’s sex offender tracking registry, potentially putting assault victims at risk. The Greenville News found the inaccuracies during an evaluation of the new system used for the state’s registry. The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) switched from the privately-operated OffenderWatch to the […]
Gov. Nikki Haley says last October’s floods did reveal some shortcomings in how South Carolina responds to disasters, particularly when it comes to helping victims afterwards. The governor made the comments to reporters Friday at an annual hurricane tabletop exercise in Columbia. South Carolina state and local officials and emergency responders use the annual meeting to […]