South Carolina

Local News
5:21 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Chester, South Carolina: A Small Town With A Big Gang Problem

Chester city seal
Credit City of Chester, SC

Chester, South Carolina has a population around 5,500. It is in many ways a classic small Southern city. Chartered in 1840, the town has plenty of history, from farming and textiles to railroads and the Civil War.

Chester also has a 21st century gang problem. On November 4th, Chester City Councilman Odell Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting. Authorities say all five suspects now charged in the killing have ties to a gang called “Roundtree Circle.”And, this is just the latest gang violence to hit the town of Chester – a teenager was killed earlier this year.  

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Local News
12:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

US Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriage In SC

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The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing same-sex marriage to begin in South Carolina. The nation's highest court refused Thursday to delay the marriages pending appeal.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

South Carolina's AG Says He Will Appeal Ruling Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban

South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
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South Carolina’s Attorney General says he will appeal A federal judge’s ruling that struck down South Carolina’s ban on gay marriage.

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Politics
12:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

SC House Speaker Pleads Guilty To Campaign Finance Violations, Resigns

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Suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has pleaded guilty to six campaign finance violations and agreed to resign from office. 

Harrell accepted a plea deal Thursday that lets him avoid jail time. Instead, he will have six years in prison suspended as long as he completes three years of probation. He was also fined $30,000, ordered to turn over about $10,000 remaining from his campaign account to the state and will pay $93,000 to South Carolina's general fund. 

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Local News
3:54 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

SC House Speaker Indicted For Ethics Violations, Other Charges

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A grand jury indicted the South Carolina Speaker of the House Wednesday on nine charges that include corruption and ethics violations. The indictment is the latest in a months-long legal battle that's involved the South Carolina attorney general and the state Supreme Court.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

SC On Tight Deadline To Come Up With New K-12 Standards

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Both North and South Carolina are getting ready to rewrite Common Core standards.  South Carolina has already started the process. Teams of educators have until March to come up with new ones.

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Local News
9:33 am
Thu July 10, 2014

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

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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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Local News
8:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

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

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Fireworks will light the Charlotte skyline tonight in what’s billed as the southeast’s largest fireworks show. There will also be plenty of unofficial fireworks displays on rooftops and in backyards across the region. It’s not legal to buy aerial explosives in North Carolina, so to get the good stuff, North Carolinians are streaming across the border this week.


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Local News
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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Local News
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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