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Bosch to Invest $200M to Make Hydrogen Fuel Cells in South Carolina
Manufacturing
Bosch to Invest $200M to Make Hydrogen Fuel Cells in South Carolina
2022-09-01 17:37:03
by Dan McCue

ANDERSON, S.C. — Robert Bosch, the German engineering giant, is investing $200 million in an existing plant in South Carolina to transform it into the company’s first North American site producing hydrogen-powered fuel stacks for future electric vehicles. The fuel... Read More

2022 Elections
Matthews Wins Runoff to Challenge Incumbent Sen. Tim Scott
2022-06-29 23:11:10
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. — S.C. Democratic state Rep. Krystle Matthews has won the Democratic primary runoff in South Carolina and with it the right to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Tim Scott in November. With 99% of precincts reporting as of Wednesday... Read More

2022 Elections
Fierce Competition in South Carolina as Four States Hold Primaries
2022-06-14 13:54:40
by Dan McCue

It is primary day in four states with voters heading to the polls in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina. In Maine, Republican voters will choose between former Rep. Bruce Poliquin and longtime Selectwoman Liz Caruso, a far-right candidate... Read More

Political News
DNC Rules Panel Sets Stage for Changes to 2024 Primary Lineup
2022-04-15 19:00:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel this week voted to allow for changes to the order of presidential primaries in 2024, and invited states interested in moving up to early-state status to submit a letter of... Read More

Renewable Energy
Biden Administration to Lease 110K Undersea Acres for Wind Energy Development
2022-04-07 14:42:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will hold an auction on May 11 for the lease on two massive undersea tracts off the coast of the Carolinas to advance wind farm development in the area. Together the two parcels, which are... Read More

In The States
Firing-Squad Executions Get Greenlight in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state's inability to procure lethal injection drugs.... Read More

In The States
Overdose Deaths Spiked During First Year of Pandemic
2022-03-03 00:45:04
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Overdose deaths, most of them attributable to opioid abuse, surged in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday. In the latest edition of its annual Drug Overdose... Read More

Litigation
4th Circuit Upholds Decision to Block SC’s ‘Heartbeat’ Bill
2022-02-23 15:42:30
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to temporarily block South Carolina’s ban on abortions after six weeks. Signed by Republican Gov. Henry McMaster last year, the law requires doctors to... Read More

Renewable Energy
Energy Secretary Tours South Carolina Wind Energy Facility
2022-02-18 21:24:09
by Dan McCue

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm toured Clemson University’s wind turbine testing campus Thursday, part of a daylong visit to South Carolina that also included a visit with nuclear engineering students at South Carolina State University. Granholm was... Read More

In The States
SC Attorney General Declares ‘Off-Label’ Treatments Cleared for COVID
2022-02-11 22:44:06
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. —  South Carolina doctors have the authority to prescribe “off-label” treatments for COVID-19 so long as their patients consent, the state’s attorney general said in a written opinion on Friday. Attorney General Alan Wilson issued the opinion at... Read More

In The States
Legal Challenges Expected Over South Carolina’s New Congressional District Map
2022-01-31 21:16:37
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new congressional district map signed into law by South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Henry McMaster is being blasted by its critics as perhaps one of the most blatant examples of GOP gerrymandering ahead of the 2022 election... Read More

South Carolina
South Carolina Lawmakers Pushing to Remove Judge from Redistricting Case
2022-01-10 19:15:54
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When a process occurs once every 10 years, perceptions of old wounds can lead to very long memories. A case in point is playing out in South Carolina, where Republicans in the state legislature are seeking to... Read More

Education
South Carolina Educators Bolt From National Group In Dispute Over COVID Letter
2021-11-10 17:07:29
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A group representing school boards across South Carolina has withdrawn from its national parent organization in a dispute over a letter related to threats on school board members by those opposed to COVID-19 mandates in schools. The... Read More

In The States
South Carolina Governor Adds Mental Health Resources to Student IDs
2021-07-26 20:26:31
by Ansley Puckett

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act, requiring public and private schools in the state to provide a crisis hotline resource of their choosing on student ID card. “This law not only provides our... Read More

In The States
Battle Over Abortion Bill in South Carolina Continues
2021-07-08 17:48:02
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and others have appealed a federal court’s preliminary injunction preventing them implementing a ban on the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat. McMaster signed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection... Read More

In The States
South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Small Businesses
2021-06-29 13:18:25
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill on June 24 that protects small businesses from COVID-related lawsuits.   The South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor Act provides legal immunity to businesses, health care facilities and state agencies that... Read More

Technology
Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
2021-06-10 23:36:23
by Victoria Turner

In South Carolina, the state government is matching broadband service providers dollar-for-dollar if they build out networks to the identified unserved areas, said Andrew Rein, chief financial officer of telecommunications provider Hargray, Wednesday. And the need for accurately mapping these... Read More

Political News
In GOP Response, Scott Says US Isn't Racist

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott has used the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress to vow that “America is not a racist country.” Scott, the only Black Republican senator, seized on Biden’s calls earlier... Read More

In The States
Former Rep. Cunningham Running for S.C. Governor
2021-04-27 12:35:47
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former Rep. Joe Cunningham put an end to months of speculation Monday, formally announcing that he will challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in this year’s gubernatorial race. Cunningham became a political sensation in the Palmetto State... Read More

In The States
Medicaid Incentive So Far Not Enough to Sway Holdout States

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats' nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package includes a big financial incentive for the states that have opted against expanding Medicaid to provide health coverage for more low-income Americans. It's proving to be a tough sell.... Read More

House Watch
SC-01: Nancy Mace (R)
2020-10-31 00:31:33
by TWN Staff

About Mace: State Representative Nancy Mace is a single mom who grew up in the Lowcountry, works there and is raising her family there. She has a 100% rating with Conservation Voters of South Carolina. She grew up in Goose... Read More

House Watch
SC-01: Joe Cunningham (D)
2020-10-31 00:29:51
by TWN Staff

About Cunningham: Joe Cunningham and his wife, Amanda, live in West Ashley where they are raising their son, Boone.  Along for the ride is their five-year-old rescue dog, a terrier mutt named Teddy.   Cunningham spends about 100 days a year... Read More

State News
South Carolina Counties Told Not to Reject Absentee Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures
2020-10-28 15:15:48
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has prohibited the rejection of absentee ballots in South Carolina on the basis of a perceived mismatch of the voter's signature and ordered a review of any ballots already set aside due to alleged signature discrepancies. In... Read More

Senate Watch
SC Senate: Jamie Harrison (D)
2020-10-28 14:52:51
by TWN Staff

About Harrison: The son of a single teenage mom, and raised by his grandparents in Orangeburg, S.C., Harrison overcame the challenges of poverty with the help of teachers and mentors who believed in him. From a mobile home to Yale... Read More

Senate Watch
SC Senate: Lindsey Graham (R)
2020-10-28 12:53:28
by TWN Staff

About Graham:  Lindsey Graham was raised in Central, S.C., where he lived with his family in a single room behind the liquor store, restaurant, and pool hall owned by his parents. After law school, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force... Read More

State News
Supreme Court Restores Witness Requirement for South Carolina Absentee Ballots
2020-10-06 19:26:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Within hours of the start of its new term on Monday, the Supreme Court revived a South Carolina law that requires absentee ballots to be returned accompanied by a witness's signature. Lower courts had set aside the law,... Read More

State News
Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
2020-09-04 15:31:58
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been added to sample ballots in South Carolina after initially being left off the voter education pieces. The sample ballots were made public Thursday, and... Read More

2020 Elections
Joe Cunningham Launches First TV Ad, Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign
2020-07-13 13:22:28
by Dan McCue

Nineteen months ago a Democrat who had never run for elected office stunned the political intelligentsia and won a U.S. House seat when barely anyone thought he would succeed. South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, snaking along the southeastern coastline of... Read More

Tourism
South Carolina Beaches Fill, But COVID-19 Takes No Vacation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The elevator doors opened and inside were 10 people crammed into a space no bigger than a closet, none of them wearing a mask. In bathing suits, they walked out of the hotel, across the... Read More

State News
Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
2020-06-18 13:46:30
by Reece Nations

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating plans to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen economies.  Updated data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker indicates 10 states are... Read More

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