South Carolina

SC Prosecutor Hosting Presidential Hopefuls for Faith Forum

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Presidential candidates from both parties have been invited to a discussion on faith issues in South Carolina, a week before the state’s first primary election. The Conservative Leadership Project on Monday is announcing the 2016 Faith and Family Presidential Forum. The gathering planned for February 12 in Greenville comes a day before GOP presidential hopefuls gather…

SC Senate Committee OKs Bill to Track Refugees

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Senate committee has passed a bill that would require refugees to register with the state and for the State Law Enforcement Division to track them. The General Committee passed the bill Wednesday with the two Democrats voting against it. U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney told the senators that they think the federal government…

SC Election Reminders

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – With the upcoming presidential election, here are some important reminders. The deadline to register to vote in the Republican primary was Jan. 20. The Republican Presidential Preference Primary will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20. To vote in the Democratic primary, you must be registered by January 27. The Democratic Presidential Preference Primary will be held…

SC Unemployment Rate Stayed 5.5 Percent During December

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina’s unemployment rate stayed right where it was last month to end 2015. The state Department of Employment and Workforce said Tuesday that South Carolina’s jobless rate was 5.5 percent in December, the same as November. While unemployment was unchanged, the number of people working in the state went up by more than 10,000 in…

Record Number in SC bought Guns in December

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A record 50,000 South Carolinians sought to either buy guns or carry concealed weapons during December. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the statistics come from the FBI criminal background check system. The spike came when President Barack Obama indicated he would seek to tighten gun control measures this year. It was the busiest month…

Revenue Details Efforts to Fight Theft From False SC Returns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The director of South Carolina’s tax collection agency says delaying refunds, using software to flag suspicious returns and collecting wage documents quicker will reduce the theft of taxpayers’ money. Director Rick Reames said those are among the fraud prevention strategies the agency is rolling out this year. People should not expect to see a refund before…

South Carolina Senate to Take Up Roads Debate Next Week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Senate plans to start talking about how to find additional money for roads next week. The Senate adjourned Thursday with Sen. Ray Cleary holding the floor. The Republican from Murrells Inlet told senators he wants to debate increasing money for roads first thing Tuesday. Cleary has been trying to craft a bill the Senate can…

House Subcommittee OKs Bill to Have Panel Screen Magistrates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A House panel has approved changes to how county magistrates are chosen and what kind of cases they can hear. A House subcommittee Thursday approved a bill to require candidates for magistrates to be screened and qualified by the same panel that checks the credentials of state judges. A second bill would increase to $25,000 the…

SC Needs Rules After Putting Lieutenant Governor on Ticket

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Now that South Carolina voters have approved the governor and lieutenant governor running on the same ticket, lawmakers are working out the details. A House subcommittee passed a bill Thursday that would have a gubernatorial candidate name a running mate after getting the party’s nomination. Rep. Tommy Pope is the bill’s sponsor. He says there are…

Parts of South Carolina Face Winter Weather This Weekend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The northwestern part of South Carolina will be facing winter weather this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for nine counties in the northwestern and central parts of the state. The warning begins Thursday night and runs through 7 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters say snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible in…