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SC House set to consider state budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina House is getting ready to consider the state’s $10 billion budget. House members will come back for a rare Monday session to take up routine matters before starting the main part of the debate Tuesday. The spending plan includes $213 million to give a $3,000 a year raise for every teacher. It also…

SC Senate passes Education Overhaul Bill

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The state’s Education Overhaul Bill is headed to the House. The South Carolina Senate has given final approval to a massive education overhaul plan. The bill would increase access to four year old kindergarten across the state, provide need based scholarships to technical colleges, and establishes a teachers’ bill of rights. Supporters say this is a big…

Senate Approves new SC Wildlife Agency Director

Senate unanimously approves new SC wildlife agency director

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina Senate has approved the new leader of the state wildlife agency. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to make Robert Boyles Jr. the new director of the state Department of Natural Resources. The agency’s board had recommended Boyles at its November meeting. Boyles has been interim director of the department since May 2019, when…

SC Proposed ban on holding Cell phones while driving could be dead at State House

Ban on holding cellphones while driving likely dead in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A bill that would require anyone using a cellphone while driving in South Carolina to not hold the phone in their hands appears to be dead for the year. The Senate Transportation Committee decided Wednesday to not vote on the bill. The bill would require anyone making a cellphone call to use a Bluetooth device or…

S.C. lawmaker proposes bill that would teach students about spotting “fake news”

Rep. Seth Rose says lessons on media literacy are necessary to help revamp public education in the state

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –With more children accessing news and information on social media, one state lawmaker wants them to learn what they see might not always be the truth. State Rep. Seth Rose (D-Richland County) has pre-filed a bill that would incorporate media literacy lessons into schools across the state. Rep. Bill Clyburn (D-Aiken County) has signed on as a…

SC Cooking: Governor names Chef Ambassador

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced his pick for the 20-19 South Carolina Chef Ambassador program. Every year, a Chef Ambassador is selected from the state’s four regions– the Upstate, Midlands, Pee Dee, and the Lowcountry. This years chefs include Brandon Carter from Blufton, Marc Collins from Charleston, Tania Harris from Greenville, and Kelley Vogelheim from Florence. Jessica…

Hospitality Day at the State House

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–Get ready for some Southern treats. The 15th annual Hospitality Day at the State House is Wednesday, April 18th at the SC State House from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. Organizers say this is a chance to thank lawmakers for their support and show the importance of foodservice, lodging and…

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble Speaks to Group in Chapin

CHAPIN, SC (WOLO)–Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble is on the campaign trail. On Monday night, Noble spoke at the Ballentine-Irmo-Chapin Democrats and Progressives meeting at El Pablano restaurant on Dutch Fork Road in Chapin. The candidate says he believes there is a lot of cleaning up to do at the State House. Noble will be among the SC Candidates for…

Former SC Lawmaker Rick Quinn Sentenced to Probation

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Former Lexington County State Representative Rick Quinn was sentenced Monday to two years probation and community service after he pleaded guilty to a misconduct in office charge. The sentencing was swift but it did not come without some opposition from the prosecution. Gabrielle Franklin has more from inside the courtroom.     Categories: Local News, Politics, State Tags:…