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    Poll: Medical marijuana legalization has support of SC voters Video included


    There is widespread support among South Carolina voters to legalize marijuana for medical uses. That’s according to data from a recent ABC News 4/Post and Courier poll. More>>

    Gov. Haley: Immigration situation 'just wrong'

    Gov. Nikki Haley says it's wrong for the federal government to expect states to accept children caught at the U.S. border while providing no information on them. More>>

    Poll: Ravenel not a factor for Graham in Senate race Video included


    A recent ABC News 4/Post and Courier poll shows Sen. Lindsey Graham has a solid lead among all South Carolina voters and that Thomas Ravenel’s entry into the race did nothing to the senator’s lead. More>>

    Proposed pay increase for Charleston County council Video included


    Should Charleston County Council members give themselves a pay raise? That's one of the issues being discussed Thursday night. More>>

    Ervin's spot on November ballot confirmed

    The South Carolina Election Commission has certified Tom Ervin's spot on the November ballot as a petition candidate for governor. More>>

    DSS: 200 more workers needed to improve caseload

    A deputy director at the Department of Social Services says the agency needs 200 more employees to reach goals for worker caseloads. More>>

    Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

    There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag. More>>

    DHEC holding info session on EPA plans

    South Carolina environmental regulators are planning to hold a public meeting to talk about new federal regulations for power plants. More>>

    AG’s opinion: Redrawn Colleton school lines won’t change 2014 elections


    In the opinion of the Attorney General’s office, three Colleton County school board members who recently found themselves drawn out of their districts can continue representing the people who elected them. More>>

    CofC president ends merger talks in letter to campus


    A revamped mission statement will put an end to the merger talks with the medical university, according to Pres. Glenn McConnell in a letter to the campus Wednesday. More>>

    Gov. Christie: Colorado winnable for GOP

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Colorado's governor's race winnable for Republicans and pledged to visit the state often to support GOP gubernatorial contender Bob Beauprez. More>>

    Poll: General Assembly’s approval at 22%, voters split on state’s direction Video included


    Four of 10 registered voters say the state's current direction is the wrong one, while 4 in 10 others say the opposite is true. That's according to the most recent ABC News 4/Post and Courier poll released Tuesday and conducted by Voter Survey Service. More>>

    Myrtle Beach must restart annexation process

    Voters in two subdivisions in Horry County thought they had agreed to join Myrtle Beach last week. But the annexation vote has been ruled invalid. More>>

    Poll: Haley vulnerable heading into 2014 general election Video included


    Incumbent South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has a small lead over challenger and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, according to new polling data released Tuesday and conducted on behalf of ABC News 4 and The Post and Courier. More>>

    Sheheen's plan for SC roads doesn't raise gas tax

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is releasing his plan to improve South Carolina roads without raising the gas tax. More>>

    US nuclear regulator looks to reposition staff

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    The top nuclear regulator in the United States says the watchdog agency may shuffle its staff as fewer nuclear plants are built and more are taken offline. More>>

    Clyburn to La. students: Learn to lose gracefully

    A top Democratic congressman is telling young people in Louisiana that they should pursue their dreams but also learn to lose gracefully if they want long-term success. More>>

    SC Dems share food, politics in new headquarters

    Politics and prose are on the agenda as South Carolina's Democrats celebrate the opening of Sumter County's new party headquarters. More>>

    Sheheen, Haley campaign spar over small business

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen says while it's OK to attract big corporations to the state, to be truly successful South Carolina needs to make it easier for the small businesses to thrive. More>>

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to boost SC Republicans

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is scheduled to speak at a fundraising barbecue for South Carolina Republicans. More>>

    Midnight bar ordinance focus of Thursday's public comment Video included


    After nearly two months since its proposal, the midnight bar closing ordinance will get official public comment Thursday night. More>>

    Democratic Governors releases ad critical of Haley

    The Democratic Governors Association's first TV ad of 2014 in South Carolina criticizes Gov. Nikki Haley's child welfare agency. More>>

    Candidates gather for forum ahead of James Island elections Video included


    Candidates for a special election on James Island will meet in a form Wednesday evening with just two weeks to go before election day. More>>

    A look at state regulations changed after review

    Gov. Nikki Haley touts the work of a task force she created last year to review business regulations. So far, 31 of Haley's 60 suggestions stemming from that review have been adopted: More>>

    Haley touts work of regulatory task force

    Republican Gov. Nikki Haley recently touted the regulatory task force she created last year issued more than 3,000 recommendations on how to cut bureaucratic red tape that can cost businesses time and money, and all those... More>>

    Ravenel keeps Charm to 'spread his ideas to bigger audience'


    Thomas Ravenel will have a busy year. The former politician turned reality show member says he will return to Southern Charm for its second season. More>>

    New app allows SC students to report bullying

    The Beaufort County School District is going high tech with its campaign to end bullying in school. More>>

    Petition hopeful submits signatures to face Scott

    A Mount Pleasant businesswoman has submitted signatures to run as a petition challenger to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. More>>

    Judge orders mediation in Sanford divorce

    A South Carolina Family Court judge has ordered U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife Jenny to work with a mediator in resolving a dispute over money for their two youngest sons. More>>

    Ravenel presents signatures for US Senate ballot

    Former South Carolina state treasurer Thomas Ravenel has presented signatures to get on the ballot as an independent running for Lindsey Graham's U.S. Senate seat. More>>

    Voters to decide whether to join Myrtle Beach

    Voters in two subdivisions in Horry County decide this week whether they want to be annexed by Myrtle Beach. More>>

    Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

    Facing opposition from staunch conservatives, the Common Core education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors. They cite concern about the federal... More>>

    Sellers has $194K for lieutenant governor's bid

    Democratic Rep. Bakari Sellers has nearly three times more cash available than his Republican foe, former Attorney General Henry McMaster, in their bid for lieutenant governor. More>>

    Spearman leads money race for superintendent

    Republican Molly Spearman has raised more than 10 times the amount of Democrat Tom Thompson in their race to be South Carolina's next schools superintendent. More>>

    DSS accused of keeping abusive siblings together

    A lawsuit accuses South Carolina's social services agency of knowingly placing siblings in the same foster homes, even though officials knew one was abusing the other. More>>

    SC Statehouse tours now available every Saturday

    Visitors now have more opportunities to tour the South Carolina Statehouse. More>>

    Thomas Ravenel to file signatures Monday


    Former state treasurer and current local reality show celebrity Thomas Ravenel says he will file signatures Monday with the state elections office. More>>

    Sheheen posts $1.7M on hand, Haley has $4.5M

    Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen has $1.7 million for his rematch with Gov. Nikki Haley, who touts a campaign-record fundraising quarter that boosted her available cash to nearly $4.5 million. More>>

    Energy officials discuss German waste in SC

    U.S. Energy Department officials say the German government is paying researchers at the Savannah River Site near Aiken to study how to handle waste that might be sent to South Carolina. More>>

    Council OKs $30M project in downtown Summerville Video included


    Summerville's town council on Wednesday night signed off on a $30 million economic development package for its downtown area. More>>

    Haley's campaign says she has $4.5M available

    Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign says she raised more than $1 million in the last quarter and has nearly $4.5 million cash available to spend in her re-election bid. More>>

    Media attorney: High court note not a surprise

    A critic of House Speaker Bobby Harrell says she's concerned by the state Supreme Court's call for secrecy in future court arguments in his case. More>>

    Childs approved for post at McCormick school

    Former state education superintendent Meka Childs has been approved for a new position at the state's residential school for troubled youth. More>>

    Transport expert paints picture of much larger Charleston Video included


    Charleston is expected to nearly double in size in the next 15 years. On Wednesday, city leaders turned to larger cities for ideas in handling growth in the Holy City. More>>

    Haleys report earning more than $280,000 in 2013

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and her husband reported earning more than $282,000 in her third year as the state's CEO. More>>

    State Supreme Court reverses circuit court ruling in Harrell ethics case

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    The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of the Attorney General's office, saying Alan Wilson does have the authority to push forward with a grand jury investigation into House Speaker Bobby Harrell. More>>

    Charleston business leaders want immigration reform Video included


    Lowcountry business leaders are calling on Congress to reform immigration policies so they can hire more qualified workers and described the current system as a brewing crisis. More>>

    Zais names ex-deputy to John de la Howe School

    State Education Superintendent Mick Zais has appointed his former deputy who lost in last month's primary to a new position overseeing South Carolina's public residential school for troubled teens. More>>

    Rep. Gilliard seeks $13.3 million for SC State


    State Rep. Wendell Gilliard is turning to his colleagues in the State House to help prop up the cash-strapped South Carolina State University. More>>

    Spartanburg County judge can't make Boland Law gun deadline

    Spartanburg County's probate judge says her county will likely miss a state deadline to report mental illness cases to a nationwide database used for gun checks. More>>

    SC Guard unit turns wrenches with Colombian army

    Soldiers with the South Carolina Army National Guard spent the month of June in Colombia, helping fellow soldiers in the South American nation learn how to care for their military vehicles and equipment. More>>

    Prosecutors deny deal struck with murder suspect

    Prosecutors say a Rock Hill Police detective was not speaking for them when he told a man who would be charged with murder that all charges against him would be dropped if he gave up information about his street gang. More>>

    Officials say voter ID law working well in SC

    A spokesman for the state Election Commission says the lack of problems at the polls during last month's primaries shows South Carolina's voter ID law is working well. More>>

    Gil, Braves silence RiverDogs on Independence Day


    In front of a sellout crowd of 7,792 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, the Charleston RiverDogs came up on the short side of a 6-1 Rome Braves victory on Friday night in South Atlantic League action. More>>

    Ravenel announced independent US Senate bid in SC

    Former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who resigned from office after his arrest on drug charges, says he is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate currently held by Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. More>>

    Sen. Scott continues to push for answers on VA care Video included


    Sen. Tim Scott continues to press the Obama administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs for answers regarding the six facilities serving veterans and their families in the Lowcountry. More>>

    NFIB endorses Haley, cites legislative compromise

    The state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Gov. Nikki Haley in her re-election bid. More>>

    Haley: I'll provide road funding plan in January

    Gov. Nikki Haley says she'll provide a roadmap in January for funding highway and bridge work in South Carolina without raising taxes and without relying on the "money tree." More>>

    Report: SC among worst in nation in shooting violence Video included


    South Carolina ranks among the worst in gun crimes in the nation, ranked 10th on a list recently compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an analysis firm, 24/7 Wall St. More>>

    Sheheen releases 2013 tax returns, calls on Haley

    South Carolina's Democratic nominee for governor has released his 2013 tax returns and again called on Gov. Nikki Haley to release more of hers. More>>

    2 rural SC communities getting USDA grants

    U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn has announced that two South Carolina communities are getting Agriculture Department grants to help expand water infrastructure into underserved areas. More>>

    50th anniversary of Civil Rights remembered in SC

    Black people in South Carolina are being urged to go to the polls. More>>

    Paper: 4 in 10 DSS caseloads over recommendations

    About four out of every 10 South Carolina Department of Social Services caseworkers are managing more than the 17 cases at a time that national experts say should be the maximum caseload. More>>

    Law allows sales taxes to fund school construction

    Voters in several South Carolina counties could decide this November to add a penny to their local sales tax to fund school construction. More>>

    Colleton County joins lawsuit to stop school board redistricting Video included


    Five Colleton County groups have joined a lawsuit to fight the redistricting of the school board voting lines. Colleton County Council is the latest group to join after a vote Thursday afternoon. More>>

    ACLU sues over Jasper School Board districts

    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit to redraw the districts used to elect members of the Jasper County School Board. More>>

    Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence

    Tea party groups have failed again and again this year to win expensive, high-profile Senate races in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi and elsewhere. More>>

    State senator's redrawn school lines taking heat in new lawsuit Video included


    The City of Walterboro is now part of a lawsuit challenging a controversial state law that redraws school district voting lines in Colleton County.  More>>

    Peagler wants to get employees a raise as first order of business Video included


    Moncks Corner mayor Bill Peagler spent Wednesday afternoon taking calls of congratulations from his supporters. More>>

    Peagler wins in Berkeley; McMaster, Spearman, Thompson advance


    William Peagler is one step closer to being the new Berkeley County Supervisor. More>>

    State Supreme Court to decide on AG's appeal Video included


    In a 45-minute hearing before the state's Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon, attorneys at the Attorney General's office and for the Speaker of the House battled again over a decision made by a Richland County Circuit Court judge. More>>

    Stop-gap measure gives birthing centers room to breathe


    After more than a year of debates with lawmakers and health department officials, the Charleston Birth Place has one more chance to get in compliance with state regulations. More>>

    Extremely light turnout so far in SC runoffs

    The turnout is light as South Carolina voters head to the polls to in choose nominees in a handful of primary races that needed a runoff. More>>

    AG Wilson, Speaker Harrell to make case in court

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    Two of South Carolina's top Republican elected officials are getting ready to face off at the state Supreme Court. More>>

    Judge: SC robocall ban is unconstitutional

    A federal judge has ruled that a South Carolina ban on automated political phone calls is unconstitutional. More>>

    SC voters return to polls for runoff contests

    Voters will return to the polls to pick their parties' choice to be South Carolina's education superintendent, while Republicans will also pick their lieutenant governor nominee. More>>

    SC voters return to polls for runoff contests

    Voters will return to the polls to pick their parties' choice to be South Carolina's education superintendent, while Republicans will also pick their lieutenant governor nominee. More>>

    AP IMPACT: VA falls short on female medical issues

    Photo: VA.gov Photo: VA.gov

    The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its commitment to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More>>

    Voters to pick GOP nominee for superintendent

    Molly Spearman and Sally Atwater finished the eight-way GOP race to be South Carolina's next education superintendent within 1,500 votes of each other. Voters return to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be the... More>>

    Huckabee, Santorum in SC to help in GOP runoff

    Two potential presidential contenders for 2016 are campaigning in South Carolina to help Republicans seeking the state's No. 2 post. More>>

    Harrell raises SC judicial independence questions

    (Bill Burr/WCIV) (Bill Burr/WCIV)

    South Carolina's attorney general is preparing to argue before the Supreme Court why he, and not a legislative ethics panel, has the singular authority to investigate charges against House Speaker Bobby Harrell. More>>

    Fundraiser pushes for crosswalk over busy Crosstown intersection Video included


    Lindsey Ranz was just 21 years old when she was hit and killed by a car on the Crosstown near Coming Street in January. More>>

    SC Supreme Court: Public bodies don't need agendas

    The state Supreme Court has ruled that public bodies in South Carolina do not have to publish agendas before their regular meetings and they can add to the list of items discussed during the meetings. More>>

    Legislature overrides Haley's veto of First Steps

    The South Carolina agency tasked with boosting children's chances for success will continue with recommended reforms after the Legislature overrode Gov. Nikki Haley's veto. More>>

    Ethics reform bill dies on last day of SC session

    A bill resulting from a two-year effort to strengthen South Carolina's ethics laws is officially dead. More>>

    Special election set for McGill's Senate seat

    Photo: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus Photo: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus

    A special election will be held in November to fill the Senate seat vacated this week when Democrat Yancey McGill became lieutenant governor. More>>

    Democratic school superintendent candidates debate

    The two Democratic candidates in a runoff for their party's nomination to lead South Carolina's schools debated without ever talking about marijuana. More>>

    Democratic school superintendent candidates debate

    The two Democratic candidates in a runoff for their party's nomination to lead South Carolina's schools are meeting in a debate. More>>

    Democrat McGill is SC's new lieutenant governor

    Photo: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus Photo: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus

    South Carolina has a Democrat in the lieutenant governor's office for the first time in two decades. More>>

    SC Senate to take up 61 budget vetoes

    The South Carolina Senate is meeting to decide how many of Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes will be tossed aside. More>>

    SC House overrides $2M veto for senior caregivers

    The South Carolina House is voting to override most of Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes, including $2 million for elderly caregivers. More>>

    SC House voting on Haley's budget vetoes

    The South Carolina House is overriding most of Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes in the budget lawmakers recently approved. More>>

    College of Charleston, Clemson bill dies

    A bill to expand the College of Charleston into a research university and allow Clemson University to speed construction projects has died in the General Assembly. More>>

    Panel passes bill to give SC vets more benefits

    Photo: VA.gov Photo: VA.gov

    A bill giving extra benefits to military veterans is awaiting approval by South Carolina's House and Senate. More>>

    SC Senate postpones votes to fill leadership role

    Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill says he's ready to leave his Senate seat to temporarily become lieutenant governor, but wrangling over leadership postponed a vote. More>>

    McGill says he's willing to be lieutenant governor

    Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill of Kingstree says he's willing to leave his Senate seat to become lieutenant governor for the next six months. More>>

    GOP says no repeat of adjutant general primary

    The state Republican Party has rejected a request to stage another primary for adjutant general. More>>

    Zais endorses Atwater in GOP primary runoff

    South Carolina Education Superintendent Mick Zais is endorsing Sally Atwater to be the Republican nominee in the race to replace him. More>>

    Coll. of Charleston, Clemson bill stalls

    A bill to expand the College of Charleston into a research university and allow Clemson University to speed construction projects has stalled in the General Assembly. More>>

    SC Speaker: AG can't investigate civil charges

    South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the state grand jury has no authority to investigate civil charges against him. More>>

    3 companies announce 7,100 jobs along I-77

    Three companies are announcing plans to bring a combined 7,100 jobs to South Carolina's Interstate 77 corridor. More>>

    Work with Iran uncomfortable, needed, senator says

    A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) cannot keep his country together, and a U.S. alliance with Iran might be needed to do so. More>>

    Common Core standards could change little

    Opponents of Common Core tout a law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley as throwing out the controversial education standards in exchange for state-made guidelines in one year. In reality, little may change. More>>

    Jesse Jackson to speak at hometown church

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is returning to his hometown this weekend to talk about progress made since the Civil Rights Act was enacted nearly 50 years ago and policies he believes are undermining that. More>>

    Sheheen calls for state investigation of the VA

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen wants South Carolina to have the power to investigate its Veteran Affairs facilities over the ongoing crisis concerning waiting times for appointments. More>>

    Campbell says he's excited to advance to runoff

    Mike Campbell says he's excited about being in the GOP runoff for lieutenant governor. More>>

    Board approves new educator evaluation system

    The South Carolina Board of Education has approved an evaluation system that judges teachers partly by their students' performance. More>>

    SC Gov. Haley signs bill on Iran energy investment

    Gov. Nikki Haley has signed into law a bill that prohibits South Carolina from investing funds or contracting with international companies that have invested at least $20 million in Iran's energy sectors. More>>

    Richland County DSS leader resigns

    The director of the Richland County Department of Social Services is resigning, as the agency has been under fire for the deaths of two children. More>>

    McKinney drops out of Lt. Gov runoff race


    Charleston businessman Pat McKinney confirmed Thursday afternoon that he was dropping out of the run-off election for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. More>>

    Budget allows bed tax money for law enforcement

    South Carolina's new state budget allows some money from motel room taxes to be used for more law enforcement during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest and other events in the Myrtle Beach area next May. More>>

    SC Gov. Haley signs reading improvement law

    Gov. Nikki Haley has a signed into law a bill seeking to boost reading levels of South Carolina's students. More>>

    Charleston County primaries: Limehouse defeats challenger by 39 votes


    Incumbent Chip Limehouse defeated challenger Russell Guerard by a slim margin of 50 to 49 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for S.C. House District 110. More>>

    McMaster in lead for SC lieutenant governor

    Former Attorney General Henry McMaster has advanced to a runoff to be the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. More>>

    Graham defeats 6 GOP challengers, avoids runoff


    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has won South Carolina's Republican party outright, defeating six challengers and avoiding a runoff. More>>

    Horne, Murphy among winners in Dorchester County


    Republican District 94 incumbent Jenny Horne held off two challengers to advance to the November general election against Democrat Damien Daley. More>>

    Atwater, Spearman in SC schools chief runoff

    Sally Atwater and Molly Spearman have advanced to the runoff in the eight-way Republican primary for South Carolina's superintendent of education. More>>

    Dan Davis, Bill Peagler head to runoff in county supervisor race


    County Supervisor Dan Davis will have to keep his campaign going for another race before November's general election. More>>

    Culler wins GOP nomination in SC's 6th District


    Anthony Culler has won the Republican nomination for Congress in South Carolina's black-majority 6th Congressional District. More>>

    Loftis beats newcomer for 2nd term as SC treasurer

    South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has won the Republican primary against political newcomer Brian Adams. More>>

    Livingston re-elected as SC's top military officer


    Bob Livingston has defeated his GOP primary challenger in his bid to be re-elected South Carolina's top military officer. More>>

    Weathers wins GOP primary for agriculture chief


    Incumbent Hugh Weathers has won the Republican primary for South Carolina's agriculture commissioner. More>>

    Democrat Hutto easily wins US Senate primary


    State Sen. Brad Hutto has won South Carolina's Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. More>>

    Dickerson wins Dem primary, to face Scott in Nov.


    Richland County Council member Joyce Dickerson has won South Carolina's Democratic primary to face U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. More>>

    Sen. Tim Scott wins GOP primary in South Carolina Video included


    U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has easily won the Republican primary in South Carolina. More>>

    Clyburn easily wins re-nomination in 6th District


    U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn has easily won the Democratic primary in the state's black-majority 6th Congressional District. More>>

    Republican Governor's Association congratulates Haley on primary win


    As polls across the state closed Tuesday night, the Republican Governor's Association quickly issued a statement congratulating Gov. Nikki Haley on her primary win. More>>

    US Sen. Graham seeks to fend off tea party in SC

    South Carolina Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham faces a bevy of tea party candidates as he seeks his party's nomination for a third term in Washington. More>>

    Former SC House Speaker Rex Carter dies

    Former South Carolina House Speaker Rex Carter of Greenville has died. More>>

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