Stories by Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Governor signs bill to fire SC State trustees

COLUMBIA - After three months of drama, lawmakers and the governor fired the trustees at South Carolina State University.
By Jeffrey Collins

Senate Republicans offer another plan to fix SC roads

COLUMBIA - Senate Republicans announced their own plan to fix South Carolina roads Thursday, which raises more money for highways and also cuts income taxes more substantially than the plan passed ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SC Senate makes little progress on 3rd day of budget talks

COLUMBIA - With debate stuck on the best way to spend an expected revenue increase, senators have made little progress on South Carolina's $7 billion spending plan.
By Jeffrey Collins

SC lawmakers look at public record change

COLUMBIA - Newspaper editors say a new office to consider disputes over Freedom of Information Act requests in South Carolina would give people a less expensive way to fight governments when ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dash-cam video won't be released in police shooting

When a white police officer in South Carolina chased a black man nine miles by car, then shot him to death in his driveway last year, the shooting apparently was captured on the officer's ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Senate panel wants SLED to handle shootings by police

COLUMBIA - The State Law Enforcement Division would have to investigate all cases where a police officer kills or seriously injures a suspect, under legislation approved by a Senate panel.
By Jeffrey Collins

SLED probe for all cop killings

COLUMBIA- A Senate panel has passed a bill that would require the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate all cases where a police officer kills a suspect in South Carolina.
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

House OKs bill making it easier to build hospitals

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina House gave key approval Wednesday to a bill that would make it easier to build and expand hospitals and other medical facilities.
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Funding bill spurs heated debate in Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Senate committee replaced a bill to get more money for South Carolina roads with its own version Tuesday, but not before a surprising and testy debate that could foreshadow the ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Monday, April 27, 2015

Prison urged for SC cops who stunned handicapped woman

COLUMBIA - Two former small town police officers in South Carolina should spend at least a year in prison for shocking a mentally disabled woman at least eight times with a Taser without giving ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Friday, April 24, 2015

SC lawmakers debate certificate of need program

COLUMBIA - The fight to overhaul regulations for building and expanding hospitals and other medical facilities in South Carolina has been so combative that lawmakers might not resolve it this year.
By Jeffrey Collins

Sunday, April 5, 2015

DOT reform stalls in Senate; threatens road money proposal

A plan to change how the state Department of Transportation operates is stalled in the South Carolina Senate and could derail the entire proposal to get more money to roads and bridges.
By Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bill to alter Greenwood's segregated war memorial goes nowhere

COLUMBIA - With the South Carolina Legislature apparently refusing to let Green­wood change its war memorial, which segregates the list of dead soldiers, the fight could be moving on to new ...
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
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