Deal to move SC environmental agency called off, new office search begins

BY: - December 5, 2023

COLUMBIA – Two days after a panel of South Carolina lawmakers gave key approval for plans to move thousands of state agency employees to offices outside of downtown Columbia, a portion of the deal fell through. Realtors representing Colonial Life insurance company told the state Department of Administration it was unable to relocate an existing […]

Attorneys recall chaos, bloodshed of Lee County prison riot at trial of inmate

BY: - December 5, 2023

BISHOPVILLE — Five years after violence erupted at the Lee County prison, a jury will have to decide whether an inmate accused of helping stab a fellow prisoner to death acted in self defense or gang retaliation. The trial, which began Monday in Lee County, marks the first for the 47 inmates indicted in the […]

SC public health agency urges people to get a flu shot

BY: - December 5, 2023

COLUMBIA — As the number of flu-like illnesses climbs in South Carolina, the state’s public health agency is encouraging people to get their flu shot for National Influenza Vaccination Week. There were 1,691 confirmed cases of flu in South Carolina the week of Nov. 19 through Nov. 25, bringing the total this season to 7,229. Four […]

Theft of SC symbol of power remains a mystery 8 decades later

BY: - December 5, 2023

COLUMBIA — Call it South Carolina’s “National Treasure” mystery — except, in this true caper, the lost relic’s existence was never in doubt, and there is no hidden map with clues on its location. At least, not that anyone’s discovered since it went missing nearly 83 years ago. How South Carolina’s original sword of state, […]

Dozens of state AGs, GOP officials tell Colorado Supreme Court to keep Trump on ballot

BY: - December 4, 2023

More than a dozen attorneys general from Republican-controlled states topped a long list of parties who have filed briefs in a legal challenge to former President Donald Trump’s constitutional eligibility to appear on Colorado’s 2024 ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case this week, after a Denver District Court judge […]

Midlands Tech expands education for high-demand jobs with new Lexington campus

BY: - December 4, 2023

LEXINGTON — People in the South Carolina Midlands who want jobs in high-demand fields, such as heavy equipment operators or aides in a doctor’s office, could soon get the necessary training closer to home or work. Starting in January, Midlands Technical College will offer classes out of a former middle school as part of a […]

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum suspends 2024 presidential campaign

BY: - December 4, 2023

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday he would end his campaign to become the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. In a statement on suspending his campaign, Burgum criticized the Republican National Committee’s debate structure, saying the fundraising and polling criteria “ensure advantages for candidates from major media markets on the coasts versus America’s Heartland.” “The […]

From COVID to climate change, Republicans question CDC’s role in keeping public safe

BY: - December 4, 2023

It’s been more than two and a half years since Alabama dropped its mask mandate as part of its COVID-19 safety guidance. But last week, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R – Alabama) was fixated on whether the Centers for Disease Control would reimpose such a requirement. “It’s good that we’re in a different place and […]

White House points to defense spending in states in new plea for Ukraine aid

BY: - December 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is warning Congress that without more funding for Ukraine, the United States will no longer be able to provide that country with military assistance — and emphasizing the multiple states from Arkansas to Michigan to Pennsylvania where businesses already have benefited from earlier aid. Cutting off U.S. funding would not […]

This land is our land: States crack down on foreign-owned farm fields

BY: - December 4, 2023

Andy Gipson gets concerned even when American allies such as the Netherlands and Germany invest in large swaths of Mississippi’s farmland. “It just bothers me at a gut level,” he said. For Gipson, Mississippi’s commissioner of agriculture and commerce, the growing trend of foreign ownership could threaten what he views as the state’s most valuable […]

DeSantis touts completion of 99-county Iowa tour as measure of leadership

BY: - December 4, 2023

NEWTON, Iowa – With a month and a half to go until Iowa caucuses, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held an event marking his completion of visits to all 99 Iowa counties. His final stop was Saturday in Jasper County. Welcomed by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Bob Vander Plaats, two of his most prominent supporters, DeSantis […]

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DeSantis talks about differences with California governor at SC stop

BY: - December 1, 2023

PROSPERITY — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spent much of his campaign stop Friday in rural Newberry County highlighting how his state is different from California. His town-hall-style gathering followed Thursday night’s televised debate against California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, and the Florida governor was eager to continue the discussion. The […]