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Flags across State Flying at Half Staff for Fallen Florence Deputy

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–  Governor Henry McMaster has ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half staff in honor of fallen Florence County Deputy Farrah Turner. The flags will fly until the day of investigator Turner’s funeral, at sunset, according to the Governor. Turner died Monday from wounds she suffered during what police are calling an ‘ambush’. It happened…

Off Shore Drilling Protest at State House Draws Large Crowd

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– At the State House Tuesday, a large crowd of protesters rallied against Off Shore Drilling legislation. Among those in attendance, at the State House, was South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford. Those on hand at the rally could be heard chanting “Do you want to see oil rigs off the coast of South Carolina?” The protesters are opposed…

Former State Representative Accused of Corruption to Appear in Court

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Former SC State Representative Jim Merrill is set to appear in court Friday to face state ethics and corruption charges. Solicitor David Pascoe’s office announced the hearing will be held at the Richland County Courthouse Friday morning. Merrill was suspended from office last December after being accused of using his office for personal gain. ABC Columbia News…

House Votes to Fire Public Safety Director Through Budget Cuts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The House has voted to fire the director of South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety through the state budget. Lawmakers voted 76-20 Tuesday to eliminate the director’s position and reduce the agency’s funding, effectively firing Leroy Smith. Democratic Rep. Russell Ott says that’s a decision for the governor. But Republican Rep. Mike Pitts says the move…

Advocates for Road Funding Bill to fix SC Roads Hold Event Tuesday at State House

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Advocates for a road funding bill, to fix South Carolina Roads, will hold an event Tuesday at the State House. According to an email released from organizers, “the state’s business community has long advocated for legislation that addresses the dedicated funding capabilities needed to repair our state’s crumbling roads and bridges.”  “As such, we intend to convey…

SC State Rep. Chris Corley Resigns Amid Domestic Violence Charges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A South Carolina state lawmaker accused of beating his wife bloody has resigned rather than face expulsion from the statehouse after a grand jury indicted him on a felony aggravated domestic violence charge that could put him in prison for up to 20 years. House Speaker Jay Lucas read Rep. Chris Corley’s short resignation letter to…