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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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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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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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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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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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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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