South Carolina

Local News
6:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Tangled Backstory Of Catawba Nation's North Carolina Casino Quest

Mementos like this photo hang on the wall of Gilbert Blue's "Indian Room." During his time as chief, Blue was in Washington frequently to negotiate the tribe's 1993 land claim settlement.
Julie Rose

The Catawba Indians want to build a $340 million casino and resort in Kings Mountain, North Carolina – which is 45 miles northwest of their reservation in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  They've applied for federal permission to make the land a sort of annex to their reservation. 

They may also need approval from North Carolina's governor and General Assembly – but both are cool to the concept. So why not just build a casino on the tribe's existing reservation just off I-77? 


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Environment
12:35 am
Thu October 3, 2013

PCB Worries Put SC Sludge Fertilizer On Hold

An illustration of the wastewater treatment process in Charlotte.
Credit Betsy Hill/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department

There's a lot of sludge in South Carolina that's destined for landfills. That's because the sludge produced from some wastewater treatment plants has tested positive for PCBs.

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Local News
5:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Partial Shutdown May Force Eight Local Pre-Schools To Close

Eight pre-school centers in York and neighboring counties could close Friday, if the partial government shutdown is not resolved by then. 


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Education
4:38 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

South Carolina College Cuts Tuition By 43 Percent

Converse College president Betsy Fleming announced the school would reduce tuition by 43 starting next year.
Credit Converse College

A women's college in South Carolina is reducing undergraduate tuition by 43 percent. That means tuition at Converse College in Spartanburg  will be $16,500 a year. It's currently about $29,000. College president Betsy Fleming says the move is in response to growing concern about rising tuition.

"I hope that this move will change the course and conversation in higher education, moving away from a high tuition, high discount model to a lower tuition that actually represents cost," Fleming says. 

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Health
1:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

SC Suspends License Of Fort Mill Midwife Center

Carolina Community Maternity Center
Credit carolinasbirthcenter.com

A Fort Mill birth center in which midwives deliver babies remains closed one week after South Carolina’s health department suspended its license.

The health department won’t comment on its investigation, but a statement from Carolina Community Maternity Center says the suspension occurred after a mother had to be rushed to a hospital and the birth resulted in, quote “a bad outcome.”

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Local News
4:59 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

SC To Expand Online Course Offerings After Lawmakers Lift Credit Cap

Credit File photo

South Carolina students can take online classes offered by the state.  But up until last month, there was a limit to the number.  A new law has lifted that cap, making it easier for students to take classes online that their schools don’t offer. 

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The Party Line
5:10 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Sanford's Win Shows Political 'Experts' Don't Know Voters

Michael Bitzer

As post-election commentaries pronounce a host of reasons why former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford won his congressional race Tuesday (the better candidate in political workmanship, the novice challenger, etc.),, we might want to view a more important component of his victory: The voters of South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

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South Carolina
3:36 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SC Lawmakers Look To Make It Illegal For Doctors To Ask About Guns

Credit flickr/Gregory Wild-Smith

Fifty-five South Carolina lawmakers have signed on to legislation that would prohibit health care providers from asking patients about gun ownership. 

At issue is confusion around what is in the Affordable Care Act.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

N.C., S.C. Hospitals Deal With 'Nightmare Bacteria'

Graphic about CRE from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hospitals in the Carolinas are dealing with a growing threat from a type of superbug. It's only infected a small percentage of patients. But that percentage is on the rise, and the infections can be deadly.

The superbug is called CRE, and a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control describes it as "nightmare bacteria." 

Dr. Katie Passaretti of Carolinas HealthCare System said it's evolved into something extremely difficult to treat.

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Crime
3:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Family Of Dead Pastor Asks Judge To Show Mercy

Twenty-two year old Mary Reames began a one-year prison sentence last week. She was convicted of hitting and killing a 71-year-old man while driving under the influence.
Credit South Carolina Department of Corrections

A woman who killed a pastor while drunk and high on drugs will only serve a one year prison sentence – in part because the pastor's family asked the judge to show mercy.

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