Stories by Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Road funding plan sent to SC House floor

The plan passed Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee would lower the state gas tax by 6 cents and raise the sales tax on fuel by 6 percent. It moves around other money to raise an ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Senate committee kills bill to hide execution drug sellers

A bill that would keep secret the names of companies that sell execution drugs to South Carolina died Thursday in a Senate committee, but the idea remains alive in the Legislature.
By Jeffrey Collins

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ex-Bob Jones president apologizes for urging gay stonings

COLUMBIA - The former president and current chancellor of fundamentalist Christian Bob Jones University apologized for saying in 1980 that gay people should be stoned, calling his comments ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Haley opposes wider access to Barnwell nuclear dump

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is against the possibility of opening a Barn­­well County landfill to low-level nuclear waste from across the country, saying she wants to make ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Haley says she will compromise on roads, but only so far

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley warned lawmakers again Thursday that she won't approve just any proposal to get more money to fix South Carolina roads. She said she will veto any plan that doesn't ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Trustees release letters to justify Elzey's firing

COLUMBIA - South Carolina State University trustees wrote a letter to President Thomas Elzey less than a month before they suspended him to list concerns with his leadership. 
By Jeffrey Collins

Monday, March 16, 2015

SC State trustees vote to fire president

After meeting in private for more than an hour, trustees voted 6-1, with three abstaining, to end Elzey’s contract with more than two years remaining.
By Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Supporters try to reinforce SC's Freedom of Information Act

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's open records law is being eroded by court decisions, loopholes and government attempts to simply ignore the law, according to advocates.
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SC House votes to change local funding formula

COLUMBIA - The formula South Caro­lina uses to distribute money to counties and other local governments for state functions such as social services and courts would change under a House plan ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Senator's bill to raise $800 million a year for SC roads

Sen. Ray Cleary's plan raises the state's gas tax 10 cents, eliminates some sales tax exemptions and increases some driver fees.
By Jeffrey Collins

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gamecocks knock off Bulldogs

COLUMBIA - Tyrone Johnson scored a career-high 28 points to lead South Carolina to an 81-68 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night.
By Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

SC State trustees meet as senators want to fire them

South Carolina State University trustees said Thursday they are being unfairly blamed for the university's problems, but likely will leave quietly in the best interest of the school if lawmakers ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

SC Senate passes tougher domestic violence penalties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - In a state where gun rights tend to be fiercely guarded, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday agreed to take firearms away from many people convicted of criminal domestic violence.
By Jeffrey Collins

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

SC State president placed on administrative leave

Board members only briefly discussed their decision. It was not said whether Elzey would be paid during his leave. Elzey has nearly three years left on a four-year contract.
By Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Loss of federal money small part of SC road funding woes

Road funding has never matched the state's growth, with a gas tax that remained unchanged for nearly 30 years, while road construction prices have risen considerably and vehicles are burning a lot ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Counties worry as House tries to change funding formula

County managers want the state to keep its promise to provide 4.5 percent of the last budget year's general fund revenues to counties and municipalities.
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Gamecocks add to Tigers' woes

COLUMBIA - Sindarius Thornwell scored 14 points and Laimonas Chatkevicius added 13 points and eight rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 65-60 win.
By Jeffrey Collins

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Ex-wife killed professor in USC murder-suicide, coroner says

COLUMBIA - A professor who taught anatomy and physiology and was highly regarded by both his students and fellow faculty members was shot and killed by his ex-wife in an apparent murder-suicide at ...
By Jeffrey Collins

War memorial divides Greenwood

GREENWOOD, S.C. -- The mayor believes bronze plaques are relics of the South's past and should be changed. State law says no.
By Jeffrey Collins

2 dead in campus shooting

COLUMBIA - Two people died in an apparent murder-suicide inside a building on the University of South Carolina's campus in busy downtown Columbia.
By Jeffrey Collins
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