Stories by Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

McIlwain, defense lead Gamecocks to victory

South Carolina's defense accepted coach Will Muschamp's challenge and his freshman quarterback made his coach's decision to start him look good as the Gamecocks beat East Carolina 20-15 on Saturday.
By Jeffrey Collins

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Indictments say former officers coerced sex; ignored cases

A state grand jury has indicted four former South Carolina police officers in its criminal investigations division on charges of coercing women into sex while on duty and ignoring cases
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016

Gay police chief in SC is suspended from job

The openly gay police chief of a small South Carolina town has been suspended from her job for five days, but the town administrator said it has nothing to do with her sexual orientation.
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mom charged with drowning infant

COLUMBIA - Authorities say a North Carolina woman drowned her 6-week-old baby in a pond at an outlet mall in Myrtle Beach.
By Jeffrey Collins

Friday, July 1, 2016

SC farmers can begin applying for $40 million in aid

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - When extension agent Charles Davis visits farms, he gets one question over and over again - when will South Carolina farmers start getting aid for crops damaged in last ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Drought edging into northwest despite heavy rainfall elsewhere

A June heat wave combined with weeks of dry weather has a moderate drought now covering nearly all of four counties, according to data from the National Drought Mitigation Center.
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SC farmers to get $40 million

COLUMBIA - About $40 million in state aid will soon be heading to South Carolina farmers after the Senate delivered its own sharp rebuke to Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday by overriding her veto of ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Change ahead for bank behind big road projects

COLUMBIA — Big changes are coming to the agency that helps get loans for massive road projects in South Caro­lina.
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hearing on making SC men wait for Viagra

COLUMBIA - A bill that would make getting Viagra and other drugs to treat erectile dysfunction nearly as hard as an abortion in South Carolina is going before a House committee.
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Juvenile prison seeks new officers after riot

COLUMBIA - South Caro­lina's main juvenile prison has seen a sharp rise in violence and gang activity, and the leader of the agency said Tuesday that she is trying to hire 45 new guards to help.
By Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SC Senate proposes 4 percent pay raise for state employees

South Carolina senators plan to propose a 4 percent raise in their version of the state budget.
By Jeffrey Collins

Slain driver's DNA not found on North Augusta officer's gun

COLUMBIA - After a North Augusta police officer shot and killed a driver in 2014, he told investigators the man had grabbed his gun - but a newly released investigative file reveals that the ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SC lawmaker's Viagra measure receives hearing

COLUMBIA - If women have to wait 24 hours in South Carolina to get an abortion, men should have to do the same before they can get Viagra or other drugs to help them have sex, according to a ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Bananas spark diversity protests at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - In four years at Clemson University, the rotting bananas hanging from an African-American history banner on campus weren't the most racially offensive thing biology major Brendan ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SC roads bill likely dead for year

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House made changes Wednesday to the roads bill that has been debated for more than a year, leading senators and the governor to say the proposal is likely dead for ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SC Senate approves bill to set up refugee registry

The South Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require refugees to register with the state and hold their sponsors liable if they commit an act of terror or violent crime.
By Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Legislation would make all refugees register with state

COLUMBIA — Lawma­kers in two states are proposing that refugees register with the government. Under bills being proposed in South Carolina and New York state, if refugees commit an act of ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Senators discuss earlier school start date in South Carolina

Some school systems in South Carolina want permission to start their school years earlier in August so they can end their first semester before Christmas.
By Jeffrey Collins

Senate panel OKs bill to release police shooting videos

A Senate panel has approved a bill requiring dashboard camera video in police shootings to be released unless investigators can convince a judge to keep it from the public.
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

House takes increase in gas tax off the table

Republican leaders in the South Carolina House say they will not insist on their version of a bill to get more money to state roads, meaning a gas tax increase will not pass this year.
By Jeffrey Collins
 
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