Stories by Bruce Smith

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Winter rains pull South Carolina out of early stages of drought

Assistant State Climatologist Wes Tyler said there were not a lot of rainy days in recent weeks, but that when rain did come, it provided a good soaking.
By Bruce Smith

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

SC tourism groups urge road repairs

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Tourism officials warned that deteriorating roads are threatening the state's $18 billion tourism industry.
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Report: Wind means more jobs, more energy for Carolinas

BEAUFORT, S.C. — A report released Wednesday by an advocacy group concludes more energy and more jobs can be generated in the Carolinas by harnessing offshore wind than by drilling for fossil ...
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Ex-police chief's murder trial opens

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The 2011 killing of an unarmed black man by a small-town South Carolina police chief was a senseless act of violence by an officer who should be convicted of murder, a ...
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Former SC governor James B. Edwards dies

CHARLESTON, S.C. - James B. Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan administration, has died. He was 87.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Measure has MOX funded through next fall

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Construction of a plant that would convert weapons-grade nuclear material into reactor fuel will get funding through October despite the Obama administration’s attempts to put ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

US high court won't block SC gay marriages

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled.
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Judge issues SC's first gay marriage licenses

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A judge issued the first gay marriage licenses and a couple was married in South Carolina on Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step ...
By Bruce Smith

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Court clears way for gay marriage in S. Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for same-sex couples to be married in South Carolina beginning this week - at least for now. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

SC graduation rate increases again

CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Caro­lina's on-time high school graduation rate is at an all-time high with more than 80 percent of students graduating within four years, new report cards released on ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Attorney general asks to stay order allowing gay marriage

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Attorney General Alan Wilson asked a federal appeals court Thursday to put on hold a judge's order allowing gay marriage in the state, warning that not doing so will cause ...
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

State to weigh special election for Harrell's seat

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Election Commission meets Thursday to consider whether to order a special election for the House Speaker seat.
By Bruce Smith

GOP seeks delay on Harrell seat election

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The state Election Commission will meet Thursday to consider a request by Republicans to delay the election for former Speaker Bobby Harrell's Charleston-area House seat.
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Gay marriage lawsuit filed in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A couple who applied for, but was not issued a marriage license sued South Carolina on Wednesday in the second federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Changes unlikely in SC congressional delegation

CHARLESTON, S.C. - In a quiet congressional election year in South Carolina, voters will choose between well-heeled, well-known incumbents and little-known challengers with little money.
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

SC high court asked to halt gay marriage licenses

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina court approved same-sex marriage applications Wednesday, but the state's attorney general was asking the Supreme Court to refuse to grant the licenses before ...
By Bruce Smith

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Plan would deepen Charleston harbor at cost of $500 million

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed the Charleston Harbor shipping channel be deepened to 52 feet.
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Medical marijuana panel hears tearful testimony

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A legislative panel looking at medical marijuana heard sometimes-tearful testimony Thursday urging lawmakers to expand the health conditions for which the drug can be used.
By Bruce Smith

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Mother pleads not guilty in kidnapping case

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A woman accused of abducting her infant daughter from South Carolina 20 years ago pleaded not guilty Monday during her first court appearance after being extradited from Australia.
By Bruce Smith

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Hurricane Hugo changed Charleston and its longtime mayor

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Category 4 hurricane struck 25 years ago Sunday, claiming 13 lives in South Carolina – out of 49 total killed – and causing $7 billion damage on the U.S. mainland, most ...
By Bruce Smith
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Subcommittee finalizes plan for city septic tank fee

A city subcommittee on Friday finalized plans to impose a mandatory monthly fee of $14 for three years on approximately 3,500 landowners still using septic tanks when a city sewer line is located ...
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