Stories by Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Former South Carolina officer charged in death of black motorist sues over representation

A former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black motorist is suing a police association, saying the group failed to provide the legal representation he ...
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

Charleston voters electing first new mayor in 40 years

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston is getting a new mayor for the first time in 40 years. Six candidates are on the ballot this week to succeed Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., the longest-serving mayor in ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Incident reports released in fatal Charleston church shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Incident reports released Thursday provide a sense of law enforcement's first responses to what would turn out to be a massacre at a Charleston church.
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

City reaches settlement with family of man shot by officer

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white police officer.
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

SC high court to hear case of split Episcopal church

CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina's highest court will hear arguments this week in the legal fight stemming from the acrimonious split in the Episcopal Church in eastern South Carolina.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

SC jobless rate sees largest drop in more than 30 years

The Department of Em­ploy­ment and Workforce reported Friday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.4 percent in July to 6 percent in August. It was the third ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Confederate sub Hunley's hull revealed after major cleanup

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The hull of the first submarine to sink an enemy warship has been cleaned and revealed for the first time in 150 years.
By Bruce Smith

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

SC ports add $53 billion to state economy, report says

CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina's ports are a major engine for the state's economy, generating about $53 billion annually with one in 11 jobs statewide directly or indirectly linked to the ...
By Bruce Smith

Ex-North Charleston officer denied bond

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A judge denied bail Monday for a former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist that was captured on video, saying his ...
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Wind energy talk raises concerns in SC

LITCHFIELD BEACH, S.C. - Developing wind energy off the South Carolina coast is not as simple as putting up a wind turbine and running a power line to shore.
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Judge to rule later on bail for ex-officer on murder charge

A judge reached no decision Thursday on whether to grant bail for a former North Charleston police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Aug 7, 2015

South Carolina wants to play host to NCAA championships

CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina is back in the game to play host to predetermined NCAA championships now that the Confederate flag has been lowered from the Statehouse grounds.
By Bruce Smith

Monday, July 13, 2015

NAACP joins call for probe of North Charleston Police

CHARLESTON, S.C. - NAACP leaders are joining the call for a federal investigation of the North Charleston Police Department, echoing what local activists have been seeking since the shooting.
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ex-police chief's retrial in shooting death to open in new venue

A new murder trial begins Monday for Richard Combs, the former police chief of Eutaw­ville, S.C. in the May 2011 death of Bernard Bailey, who died outside the small community's town hall.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, June 12, 2015

SC State could be plaintiff, defendant in education suit

CHARLESTON - South Ca­ro­lina State University will be part of a lawsuit alleging the state still has a segregated system of higher education. The only question is whether the school will ...
By Bruce Smith

Monday, June 8, 2015

SC grand jury indicts ex-officer who shot fleeing man

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - A white former North Charleston police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away.
By Bruce Smith

Monday, May 25, 2015

Reconstruction period new focus

CHARLESTON, S.C. - With its four-year observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War now past, the National Park Service is turning its attention to a lesser-known period of American ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SC prepares for Bikefest

Tens of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina's Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend - and when they do, they'll be met with heavy security.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, May 8, 2015

Man says he should have dropped gun

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As a black South Carolina man was being rushed to the hospital after he was shot by a white sheriff’s deputy, he told an investigator in a recorded interview that he should have ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Police officer responding to home invasion shoots homeowner

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A sheriff's deputy responding to a home invasion shot the homeowner in the neck Thursday because he refused to drop his gun, authorities said.
By Bruce Smith
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