Stories by Jeffrey Collins

Monday, July 6, 2015

SC Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Con­federate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Victims' families offer forgiveness to suspect

CHARLESTON, S.C. - They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK.
By Jeffrey Collins

Friday, June 19, 2015

Charleston shooting suspect appears on 9 murder counts

CHARLESTON, S.C.  - They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."
By Jeffrey Collins

Monday, June 15, 2015

Prosecution attacks warrant as ex-police chief's murder retrial begins

COLUMBIA - A white former police chief should be found guilty of murder because he sought a trumped-up warrant against a black man after an argument and then shot him as he tried to drive away ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Monday, June 8, 2015

E. coli outbreak closes day care

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina day care is temporarily closing after seven cases of E. coli were traced to the center and at least one child appeared to have died.
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Road funding fails in SC Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Getting more money to South Carolina roads was a top priority of the governor, lawmakers and businesses for this year. But with one day left in the 2015 session, the road funding ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Thursday, May 28, 2015

SC House OKs bill denying guns to repeat batterers

COLUMBIA - A bill increasing penalties in South Carolina for repeat domestic violence offenders and banning batterers from having guns is heading to the governor's desk.
By Jeffrey Collins

SC concealed-carry measure dies for year

COLUMBIA - Legislation to let people carry a concealed weapon without a permit has died for the year in South Carolina.
By Jeffrey Collins

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SC officer indicted on lesser charge

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Justin Craven was indicted Wednesday on a lesser felony charge nine months after a grand jury refused to indict him for voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a ...
By Jeffrey Collins

South Carolina lawmakers elect chief justice

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina lawmakers elected Supreme Court associate justice Costa Pleicones the state's first new chief justice in 15 years on Wednesday, but he won't have the job for long.
By Jeffrey Collins

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fillibuster opposing SC gas tax continues

COLUMBIA, S.C. - After another frustrating day of not getting anywhere, Republicans in the South Carolina Senate called a closed-door meeting to see if they can reach an agreement on how to spend ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Group stopped from desegregating war memorial sues South Carolina

Members of an Amer­ican Legion post in Greenwood, S.C., are suing South Carolina because the state won't allow them to replace plaques on a war memorial that segregate the list of dead ...
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
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