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9:33 am
Thu July 10, 2014

SC Supreme Court: Attorney General Can Prosecute Lawmaker Without Lawmakers Signing Off


The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that South Carolina’s attorney general does not need permission from lawmakers to prosecute a lawmaker. The Supreme Court overturned an earlier decision that said Attorney General Alan Wilson had overstepped his authority in trying to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

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8:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Forbidden Fireworks: To Get The Good Stuff, Head To South Carolina

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5:43 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

SC Attorney General To Appeal Ruling That He Can't Prosecute Lawmaker Yet

South Carolina's attorney general plans to appeal a ruling that says he needs to go through lawmakers if he wants to prosecute a lawmaker. The case revolves around allegations that state House Speaker Bobby Harrell used his office for personal gain.

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9:59 am
Tue May 13, 2014

SC Judge: Attorney General Can't Prosecute House Speaker Before House Ethics Committee Acts

In South Carolina, a judge ruled Monday that state Attorney General Alan Wilson overstepped his authority in trying to prosecute South Carolina Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell. The judge ruled that ethics complaints must go through a legislative committee first.

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6:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Does SC's Attorney General Need Permission From Lawmakers To Prosecute A Lawmaker?

South Carolina's attorney general has brought a criminal case before a grand jury against the state Speaker of the House. But the question before a judge right now is whether the attorney general needs to get permission from state lawmakers to prosecute one of their own.

Former South Carolina attorney general Charlie Condon never imagined that his office would need the OK from lawmakers to prosecute alleged criminal behavior.

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5:34 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

SC Moves To Replace Common Core With Own Standards

The Common Core could be on its way out in South Carolina. The senate unanimously approved a bill yesterday that would allow the state to replace those standards for students with its own. But the state would still keep the Common Core in place next school year, while those new standards are being developed.

Debbie Elmore with the South Carolina School Boards Association says that compromise makes sense, since it doesn’t pull the Common Core right away, but provides time to assess and change those standards. 

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9:58 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tests Aligned To Common Core Causing A Stir

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Hundreds of kids across the Carolinas are putting some standardized tests aligned to the Common Core to the test. They’re getting mixed reviews. South Carolina’s School Superintendent wants to prevent the state from using them next year. The jury is still out in North Carolina.

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4:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tega Cay City Council Votes To Purchase Troubled Utility Company

A photo of a sewer system overflow on January 11, 2014 from one of Tega Cay Water Service's manholes into Lake Wylie. On March 7, 48,500 gallons of sewage burst from two manholes and a wasterwater treatment plant into Lake Wylie.
Credit Courtesy of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council

On Tuesday night, the Tega Cay city council voted to purchase private sewage-treatment plants that have been regularly polluting Lake Wylie in York County, South Carolina with raw sewage – and the price tag is nearly $6 million.

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9:22 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

BMW Plans To Hire 800 At Its Spartanburg Plant

BMW expects its Spartanburg plant to become its highest-producing plant by the end of 2016.
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The BMW plant in Spartanburg is expanding yet again.  The company announced plans Friday to add 800 jobs to the facility over the next two years.  That will bring BMW’s total workforce there to 8,800.  

Twenty years ago BMW opened the plant in Spartanburg with 500 workers.  The company said its location between the Port of Charleston and I-85 made it ideal, plus South Carolina offers good technical training.  

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4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

S.C. Councilman Charged With Intimidating Police Chiefs

Chester City Council member Odell Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official. He faces up to five years in prison for allegedly threatening to "take out" the police chief and assistant police chief in a restroom.
Credit City of Chester

A Chester City Council member was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official.

Odell Williams, who is 70 and African American, used racial slurs against the Chester City Police Chief Andre Williams and Assistant Police Chief Gene Gilmore, both of whom are also African-American, according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant says he met them in the Chester City Hall restroom after a council meeting on March 10.

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