Author: Angela Rogers

Columbia Housing Authority preparing for Special Meeting on Thursday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– Mayor Steve Benjamin gave his State of the City address last night where he highlighted the plans for Allen Benedict Court Apartments and a possible shake-up of the Columbia Housing Authority board of commissioners. We will know a lot more since the Columbia Housing Authority will have a special meeting discussing the Allen Benedict Court Apartments on Thursday…

Teachers take over the State House

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– Teachers from all over the state came to Columbia to find their teacher voices and put them into action. “They have been very receptive to listen to the teachers, and for many teachers, it’s the first time they’re using their teacher-voice. So, they’re getting empowered too,” Kathy Maness said, exec. dir. for the Palmetto State Teachers Association.  Education reform…

Class-Action Lawsuit brought against Columbia Housing Authority Living Conditions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– More than 400 people displaced from their home and now the Columbia Housing Authority is facing a class-action lawsuit. It means that residents who say they have been dealing with issues at Allen Benedict Court for months, some even say years, might be able to receive compensation. Attorneys Ron Cox and Dave Maxfield say the class action…

Items displaced Allen Benedict Court Apartment residents desperately need

  COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)–  It has been a week since two bodies were found in Allen Benedict Apartments and more than 400 residents displaced from their homes. The incident has made the Midlands community come together to help the families impacted by the chaos. “I definitely cook everything with love. I’ve been up since 5 o’clock this morning, I’ve been cooking….

SC Attorney General says Marijuana is “the most dangerous drug”

Medical Cannabis is up for discussion once again at the Statehouse. Last year the Compassionate Care Act bill passed through committees but ran out of time before being brought to the floor in both chambers.  Now, it is coming back in both House and Senate committees, but there are still many parties against the bill– including attorney General Alan Wilson. Supporters…

Sen. Bernie Sanders visits HBCU Benedict College

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– Senator Bernie Sanders visited Benedict College and answered questions from many college students. During his visit, Sanders spoke about many hot button topics, from ending the government shut down, to college affordability. The crowd asked questions regarding what to do about the government shutdown and how to ensure affordable healthcare. The Republican National Committee released a statement…

King Day At The Dome brings 2020 Presidential Hopefuls to Columbia

  COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– King Day at the Dome gained national attention with possible presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, and Sen. Corey Booker, D-New Jersey, as speakers during the rally. Mayor Benjamin said in his remarks that the road to the White House beings in South Carolina, so it is no surprise that a few 2020 presidential hopefuls were…

City officials address evacuation and deaths at Allen Benedict Court Apartments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO): The Fire and Police departments made the decision to evacuate everyone from the Allen Benedict Apartments until further notice because of gas leak concerns. Many residents were unsure of where exactly they’re going to be staying and if the Columbia Housing authority was going to help them at all. Residents had 2-3 hours to gather as many belongings as…

Governor McMaster outlines executive budget

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)–  Tuesday morning Gov. Henry McMaster unveiled his executive budget for 2019 One major item that will make taxpayers happy is the $200 million in rebates that he says will be going back to taxpayers.   The governor said they’re looking at the surplus and prioritizing what is most critically needed, and then rebating the rest back. The governor…