Stories by Bruce Smith

Friday, May 13, 2016

Widow of slain pastor says new mural captures his spirit

The widow of the pastor gunned down with eight of his parishioners at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church last year sees the spirit of her late husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, in a mural honoring ...
By Bruce Smith

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Judge considers arguments in Charleston tour guide case

CHARLESTON, S.C. - An attorney for three would-be tour guides told a federal judge Tuesday they shouldn't have to pass a test and get a license to earn a living telling tales about historic ...
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Trial for alleged SC church shooter moved to 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina judge on Wednesday delayed until next year the state death-penalty trial of Dylann Roof who is charged with killing nine black parishioners at a Charleston ...
By Bruce Smith

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Defense seeks delay in Charleston church shooting trial

The defense is asking for a delay in the state death-penalty trial of a man charged with gunning down nine black parishioners during a bible study inside a Charleston church last year.
By Bruce Smith

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mosquito fight is starting early after historic SC floods

Six months after historic rains and floods left the ground saturated in many areas and with a relatively wet spring forecast, South Carolina is preparing for an early onset of mosquito season.
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, March 17, 2016

2 millionth BMW exported from SC plant

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Two million BMWs made in South Carolina have been exported, a milestone reached Thursday when a metallic gray BMW X-5 was driven aboard a green-and-white auto carrier ship at ...
By Bruce Smith

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Famed South Carolina writer Pat Conroy dies

Pat Conroy, the beloved author of "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides" and other best-sellers who drew on his bruising childhood and the vistas of South Carolina to become one of the ...
By Bruce Smith

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

Congregations call for stricter gun controls in Stand-Up Sunday event

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Baptist church in Charleston will display white crosses on its lawn today, one for every person killed in gun violence in the area this year.
By Bruce Smith

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

14 cadets disciplined at Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Fourteen cadets have been dismissed, suspended or are serving on-campus punishments at The Citadel after several of them appeared in photos with pillowcases on their heads ...
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Expansion of port's cold storage facility supports rising demand

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Inside it's a balmy minus 15 degrees, but minus 40 if you consider the wind chill caused by the massive fans in the blast freezing room at a newly expanded cold storage ...
By Bruce Smith

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

Ex-officer accused of murder free on bail

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist was released from jail Monday and will remain under house arrest ...
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

Charleston's stories to loom large at Spoleto

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston will be a large focus of this spring's 40th edition of the Spoleto Fes­tival USA, from glimpses of the city in "Porgy and Bess" to the tragedy of the Emanuel AME ...
By Bruce Smith

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Citadel investigation concludes

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel has completed its initial investigation into cadets appearing in photos with pillowcases on their heads similar to Ku Klux Klan garb, the South Carolina military ...
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Some seek Citadel leader's resignation

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Civil rights activists called Friday for the resignation of The Citadel's president after online photos surfaced showing cadets with pillowcases over their heads similar to Ku ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Citadel investigates pictures of cadets wearing Klan-like outfits

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel announced Thurs­­day that it is investigating after photos surfaced on social media of cadets dressed all in white with pillowcases over their heads, images ...
By Bruce Smith

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Judge again delays trial in Charleston church shooting

A trial was delayed again, and a prosecutor said it could be months before the federal government decides whether it will seek the death penalty.
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
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