Stories by Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

SC attorney general loses fight with prosecutor

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's highest court has handed a big defeat to the state's attorney general, ruling Wednesday that a local solicitor was correct in thinking he had the authority to open a ...
By Meg Kinnard

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Confederate flag flies at Statehouse rally

COLUMBIA - The Con­federate battle flag flew again outside the South Caro­lina Statehouse on Sunday - temporarily - at a rally that drew both supporters in Civil War garb and ...
By Meg Kinnard

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Attorney in Charleston shooting challenges prosecutor

COLUMBIA - An attorney for the man facing dual death-penalty trials in the shootings of nine churchgoers in Charleston says a state prosecutor's desire to go to trial before federal authorities is ...
By Meg Kinnard

Monday, July 4, 2016

State hopes telemedicine improves inmate care, cut costs

COLUMBIA — South Ca­ro­li­na’s prisons agency is taking a high-tech approach to inmate health care, a change officials say will save money and cut down on potential security risks.
By Meg Kinnard

Thursday, June 30, 2016

South Carolina, feds argue MOX lawsuit in court

COLUMBIA - It's now up to a federal judge to decide whether South Carolina's lawsuit against the government over an unfinished project at Savannah River Site should be dismissed, or whether the ...
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Appeals court sends SC graduation prayer case back

COLUMBIA - A federal court in Virginia ruled Tuesday that it's now up to a South Carolina judge to consider whether members of a humanist organization can continue a legal challenge over prayers ...
By Meg Kinnard

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Justices weigh prosecutor's firing by attorney general in corruption case

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Supreme Court on Thursday presided over a public feud between the state's attorney general and a local solicitor who says he has been empowered to initiate and use a ...
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Top S.C. federal prosecutor resigns

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Less than five months before the federal government’s death penalty trial of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, South Carolina’s top federal prosecutor announced his ...
By Meg Kinnard

Monday, June 6, 2016

Japanese plutonium arrives at SRS

COLUMBIA - A shipment of plutonium from Japan arrived Monday at Savannah River Site, despite objections from Gov. Nikki Haley to her state being used as storage for such materials.
By Meg Kinnard

Friday, June 3, 2016

South Carolina museum hopes race exhibit will foster conversations

The ever-passionate conversation about race has a new venue: the South Carolina State Museum. Opening Saturday is an exhibit that aims to tackle the elements that comprise race and racism in the ...
By Meg Kinnard

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Judge refuses to let nonprofit join MOX case

COLUMBIA - A federal judge has ruled that a regional economic development group can't be part of South Carolina's lawsuit against the U.S. Energy Department over an incomplete nuclear fuel project ...
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Charleston church slaying families accept pursuit of the death penalty

COLUMBIA - The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to ...
By Meg Kinnard

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Haley doesn't talk Trump at state Republican convention

COLUMBIA — After a bruising primary process, South Carolina Republicans – with some notable exceptions – are preaching a message of unity as they rally behind Donald Trump.
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SC inmates' music headed to White House

COLUMBIA - A group of musicians affiliated with Carnegie Hall are taking music created by inmates at one of South Carolina's most dangerous prisons to the White House.
By Meg Kinnard

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mother of 5 slain children sues agency

COLUMBIA - The mother of five Lexing­ton County children who police say were killed by their father in 2014 says the state's social services agency knew the father was a threat and did nothing ...
By Meg Kinnard

Feds seek to dismiss SC nuclear fuel suit

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's lawsuit calling for million-dollar fines and plutonium removal should be dismissed because the state is wrongly interpreting the laws governing a long-delayed nuclear ...
By Meg Kinnard

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

South Carolina entrepreneur won't face charges in shooting

COLUMBIA - The founder of the clothing company Southern Tide won't face charges for fatally shooting another man who trespassed on the South Carolina estate of the entrepreneur, authorities said ...
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Aiken couple says police search still humiliating

AIKEN - Silent tears stream down Lakeya Hicks' face as she recalls Oct. 2, 2014, a day that should have been a happy memory as she and her husband drove the car they had recently and proudly ...
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SC officials seek federal help to block cell signals at prisons

COLUMBIA - South Carolina officials on Wed­nesday renewed their call for federal help in dealing with the dangers of cellphones behind prison walls.
By Meg Kinnard

Friday, April 1, 2016

Group wants to join state lawsuit over mixed-oxide fuel project

COLUMBIA - An economic development group is seeking to be part of South Carolina's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy for the agency's failure to meet a Jan. 1 nuclear fuel deadline.
By Meg Kinnard
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