Author: Associated Press

Bill would reform electric co-ops after spending scandal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A new bill at the Statehouse would allow a state watchdog agency to review South Carolina’s electric cooperatives for the first time. The bill would allow the Office of Regulatory Staff to audit a co-op and let them know if they were spending their money properly and following state law. Regulators couldn’t change rates. Democratic state…

Wreck becomes homicide probe after bullet wounds found

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Investigators say what they initially thought was a traffic wreck on Interstate 77 in Columbia has turned into a homicide investigation. Columbia Police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said 22-year-old Shamar Johnson was ejected from his car after it crashed into a median and overturned several times before landing in the woods along I-77 near the Shop Road…

Climate change means more floods, great and localized

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The growing realization that ever-more ferocious storms are becoming more common as the result of global warming is forcing government officials to revisit how they respond to natural disasters. In South Carolina late last year, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster created a special floodwater commission. The group will be tasked with figuring out how to better combat…