South Carolina

Cruz Chats About the Constitution During SC Campaign Swing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is talking about legal issues as part of a campaign swing through the Palmetto State. The Texas senator is sitting down with state Attorney General Alan Wilson on Friday for a conversation on the constitution and potential upcoming vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court. The forum at the University of South…

Senators seek 5 percent raises for state employees

(Photo: Rich Wandover) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A bi-partisan group of South Carolina senators is advocating a 5 percent cost-of-living raise for state employees. Republican Sen. John Courson of Columbia said Thursday it’s time to say `thank you’ by passing a budget that increases paychecks starting in July. Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler says many employees’ take-home pay has actually…

Republican presidential debate and 5 things to watch for

Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty; second right: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (ABC News) — The first Republican debate of 2016 takes place tonight in South Carolina, just 18 days before the Iowa caucuses. Hosted by the Fox Business Network, the debate will feature seven candidates: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson,…

2016 legislative session kicks with 2 new members

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina’s 2016 legislative session kicks off with a new member in each chamber. The House and Senate gaveled in the January-to-June session at noon Tuesday. Republican Rep. Russell Fry of Surfside Beach was sworn in as the newest House member. The 30-year-old attorney replaces former Rep. Nelson Hardwick, who resigned last May amid an investigation…

Can South Carolina Republicans and Democrats Work Together?

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last time lawmakers met in Columbia, Democrats and many Republicans united to bring down the Confederate flag that flew outside the Statehouse for 50 years. The Legislature returns Tuesday, and lawmakers hope that unity continues. But with hundreds of ideas about how to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars, lawmakers expect partisanship to return….

Offshore Wind Could Be Years Away, If It Comes At All

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ It could be years before offshore wind turbines are built off South Carolina, if they are built at all. Officials of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management tell local media outlets that if no investors come forward to lease tracts off the coast, the concept will not move forward. The agency is holding public meetings…

SC Chamber Unveiling Legislative Agenda for 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s business leaders are gathering to unveil the top issues they’d like to see discussed in the upcoming legislative session. South Carolina Chamber President Ted Pitts and Board Chairman John Uprichard are holding a news conference Wednesday at the Statehouse. Organizers say they and other leaders from the state’s business community will be delivering the…

Powerball jackpot expected to grow to $400 million Wednesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The next Powerball winner will have a chance to claim one of the game’s 10 biggest prizes this week when the jackpot grows to roughly $400 million. Lottery officials say no one claimed Saturday’s $334 million prize, although someone from Pennsylvania won $2 million and three players from California, Connecticut and South Carolina won $1…

Flood victims face deadline to apply for federal assistance

Flood victims in the 24 counties covered by October's emergency declaration have until Monday to apply for federal aid

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Flood victims in the 24 counties covered by October’s emergency declaration have until Monday to apply for federal aid. Since the deadline officially falls on Sunday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications through the next business day. Monday is also the deadline for returning disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration. As…

Scott to Wrap Up 2015 Tour of All SC Counties

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will finish his goal of visiting all 46 counties in South Carolina in 2015 with several days to spare. Scott plans a trip Tuesday to Dillon County to meet people and business leaders at Citizens Bank in Dillon at 10:15 a.m. The Republican will then head down Interstate 95 and meet with…