A South Carolina man has been sentenced in a robbery shooting death more than two years ago. Jay Harper reports.
September was a remarkably strong month for job growth in South Carolina, as a record workforce and declining unemployment led to the state’s lowest reported jobless rate in more than 16 years.
Data released by the state Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) on Friday showed the state’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate dropped from 4 percent in August to 3.9 percent in September. That is the lowest reported rate in South Carolina since February 2001.
The number of individuals working across the state increased by more than 6,900 in September, while the number listed as “unemployed” dropped by more than 1,600 individuals. That meant a net increase of nearly 5,300 new workers in the state’s labor force. The number of people working in South Carolina set a record last month at 2.23 million employees. [Read more…]
A new audit released this week shows serious issues with low morale and high employee turnover in the state Highway Patrol. The state Inspector General’s Office conducted the report after legislators said they are concerned the agency has not been able to reach the full 850 troopers it’s budgeted each year despite recent pay raises.
Students at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) recently unveiled their newest Deep Orange concept vehicle, sponsored by the BMW Group.
Project lead and associate automotive engineering professor Johnell Brooks told South Carolina Radio Network that the goal was not to come up with a car BMW would manufacture and put into showrooms. “That’s not our primary goal. Our primary goal is really graduate student education,” she said.
The project taught students the automotive process from design to market. “To be able to provide our students with hands-on experienc, experience both with depth and breadth of a vehicle built,” Brooks said. “So, starting with a blank sheet of paper and coming up with a concept and what is the grand challenge and doing a market analysis.”
As part of the graduate automotive engineering program at CU-ICAR, select students are given the unique opportunity to create and build a concept vehicle. The project showcases advanced technologies and provides students an opportunity to work directly with automotive industry partners.
The 18-student team unveiled the fully-functional, drivable Deep Orange concept vehicle at BMW’ plant in Greer last weekend.
Private utility SCANA Corporation argues it should be removed from a lawsuit filed in after its failed VC Summer nuclear expansion project was abandoned this summer.
The Post and Courier reports the company made the assertion as part of new filings made this week in federal court.
The parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) argues it is not responsible for how the construction contractors it hired later handled layoffs.
Several lawsuits have been filed by former workers contending they are owed extra pay because they were not given notice of the project’s upcoming cancellation.
SCANA and its partner state-owned utility Santee Cooper decided to abandon the nuclear expansion after mounting costs despite $9 billion already spent, delays and the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse. The decision led to roughly 5,000 layoffs and many lawsuits from customers, suppliers and investors.
Meanwhile a federal grand jury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the State Law Enforcement Division are all investigating the project’s failure.
Included in the evening’s final newscast:
— Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis admitted Thursday to a brief affair with a former employee who accused him of sexual assault
— SCANA argues it’s not responsible for contractors’ employees who lost jobs in failed V.C. Summer nuclear project
— Authorities say a man who ministered to homeless people in a Columbia park has died after being punched in the face.
— Clemson students unveil newest Deep Orange concept vehicle, sponsored by the BMW Group
South Carolina’s House Speaker has suspended the state’s code commissioner after his indictment Wednesday.
Legislative Council director Jim Harrison is a once-powerful legislator who represented the Columbia area in the House from 1989 until 2011, when the Republican retired to take his current job. The Legislative Council is the entity that actually drafts the legislation and legal research the House and Senate use to craft laws.
However, it’s Harrison’s time in the House which led to charges against him on Wednesday.
The State Grand Jury, acting on behalf of special prosecutor David Pascoe, indicted Harrison for two misconduct charges and a criminal conspiracy account. The indictments do not go into specifics, but say the crimes occurred while Harrison worked part-time for the prominent political consulting group Richard Quinn & Associates. The firm’s founder and namesake was also indicted Wednesday. [Read more…]
Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis admitted Thursday to an “encounter” with a former employee who accused him of sexual assault and harassment, but insists the affair was consensual.
“I did have a consensual encounter earlier this year and for that, I’m deeply sorry” the sheriff said in a press conference. “I do want to be clear about one thing: the allegations of rape, and stalking, harassment, that’s completely 100 percent false.”
Lewis’s comments come after a former Sheriff’s Office employee Savannah Nabors sued the agency, claiming Lewis fired her for spurning his romantic advances and even accusing him of having sex with her in a hotel room while she was unconscious. South Carolina Radio Network does not normally identify sexual assault victims, but Nabors has identified herself in online postings. [Read more…]
Included in the noon newscast:
— Man charged with murder after he gave 3-year-old gun to chase Warrenville man
— SC drivers get an extension before new “REAL ID” licenses are needed for flying or entering federal sites
South Carolina is getting another extension for the new REAL ID deadlines which will soon be required nationwide.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles revealed Wednesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has given the state until October 10, 2018 to get into compliance with the new standard that will affect drivers licenses and ID cards.
Congress approved the REAL ID standards in 2005, but several states (including South Carolina) had resisted the requirements since it requires drivers submit birth certificates and Social Security numbers. State lawmakers eventually voted to comply in April since the new licenses will be required to board domestic flights, enter secure federal buildings or go onto military installations.
Since South Carolina is moving to meet the requirements, Homeland Security is extending the deadline. The requirements would have originally started to take effect in January. DMV officials said this is expected to be the final extension that the state will get. [Read more…]