Stories by Bruce Smith

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Volume at Port of Charleston rises sharply in March

CHARLESTON, S.C. - March proved to be the busiest month at the Port of Charleston in almost six years, with a 16 percent increase in container volume over February, the board of the South Carolina ...
By Bruce Smith

Friday, April 11, 2014

Judge who stood for civil rights honored

CHARLESTON, S.C. - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking Friday in the city where the Civil War began, said the first federal judge to write an opinion challenging the doctrine of separate ...
By Bruce Smith

Mark Sanford accused of violating divorce terms

The ex-wife of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has again accused the congressman of violating the couple's divorce agreement.
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SC election ballot set as filing deadline passes

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's 2014 election ballot was finalized Sunday with Gov. Nikki Haley and the state's two incumbent U.S. senators facing June primary opposition.
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SC lawmakers seek to strengthen protection for heir' property

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina lawmakers are reviewing stronger protections for land with no clear title that has often been handed down by blacks for generations since slavery.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, March 7, 2014

SC expects no delay between study and harbor work

COLUMBIA - South Carolina ports officials expect a seamless transition from the federal studies of deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel to dredging work on the $300 million project, ...
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Damage in tens of millions from SC winter storm

COLUMBIA - The damage tally from the February winter storm that left South Carolina coated in ice and buried in snow is more than $100 million so far, and the state is expected to qualify as a ...
By Bruce Smith

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Proposed law targets prescription drug trafficking

COLUMBIA - Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, taking aim at what he called "a criminal cancer that will affect the health of seniors," proposed legislation Thursday making it a crime to possess ...
By Bruce Smith

South Carolina's capital promotes 'hot' attractions

Columbia is redoubling its efforts to attract visitors as it markets itself as "Famously Hot."
By Bruce Smith

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Medal of Honor museum seeks $11 million

COLUMBIA - Organizers of a $100 million National Me­dal of Honor Museum on the South Carolina coast are asking state lawmakers to provide $11 million for the project.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

SC's US Senate incumbents have millions on hand

COLUMBIA - South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has $7.6 million in campaign funds while fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has $3.1 million on hand for next fall's campaigns.
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Mark Sanford reflects after returning to House

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - It was 20 years ago that Mark Sanford made his first run for political office, the political newcomer an unlikely winner of a hotly contested race for a South Carolina U.S. ...
By Bruce Smith

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

SC Boeing expansion to continue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The expansion by aeronautics giant Boeing will continue apace in South Carolina during 2014 as hundreds of jobs are moved in and new construction progresses in the Lowcountry.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Report examines ways to help small SC farms

Report: Spending just $5 more a week on SC farm products could have billion-dollar impact.
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Free clinic in South Carolina serves as model for nation

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - What began two decades ago on Hilton Head Island as a free clinic using retired physicians and volunteers to care for the working poor has become a model for dozens of ...
By Bruce Smith

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

SC governor receives report on regulatory review

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. - From grading eggs to selling coffins, a panel appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday released its review of more than 3,100 regulations that govern everyday life and ...
By Bruce Smith

Water bill would avoid Charleston deepening delay

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The new federal water resources bill will allow South Carolina to start deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel on its own without federal authorization, officials said ...
By Bruce Smith

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

US Sen. Paul again visits early-voting South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that it will be at least a year before he decides whether to enter the 2016 presidential race but warned that the party must better reflect the ...
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Monks' lives the same even with additions at abbey

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. - The daily cycle of work, worship and contemplation at Mepkin Abbey still follows the simple pattern observed for a thousand years. But in recent months there have been some ...
By Bruce Smith

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

Charleston's iconic Battery gets a makeover

The iconic Charleston's Battery, which draws locals and droves of tourists daily, is getting a makeover.
By Bruce Smith