Stories by Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

DHEC: SC infant mortality lowest in decades

The state's rate of babies dying before their first birthday in 2013 was 6.9 deaths per 1,000 babies born, according to Department of Health and Environmental Control director Catherine Templeton.
By Meg Kinnard

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Scott, challengers tackle issues in Senate debate

COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott shared a debate stage with his opponents for the first time, discussing a range of issues from the power of incumbency to foreign affairs.
By Meg Kinnard

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Woman sues to use wife's name on South Carolina driver's license

COLUMBIA - A woman who says South Carolina officials refused to let her use her wife's family name on her driver's license has filed a federal lawsuit, another in a string of recent cases ...
By Meg Kinnard

SC DMV sued of woman name change

COLUMBIA- Another lawsuit has been filed over South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.
By Meg Kinnard

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Harrell quits, pleads guilty

COLUMBIA - Suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has pleaded guilty to six campaign fiance violations and agreed to resign from office.
By Meg Kinnard

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

School funding, standards are focus of SC superintendent debate

COLUMBIA - Both major party candidates to be South Carolina's top educator said they support the idea of revamping school funding guidelines and are looking at a more equitable way to do so.
By Meg Kinnard

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

DSS outlines plan to hire, keep caseworkers

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Outlining plans to add 221 employees to help protect South Carolina's abused and neglected children, the acting director told lawmakers Friday that she is working to make ...
By Meg Kinnard

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Suspended speaker being released on charges

COLUMBIA - Suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell was released on bond Monday, facing misdemeanor charges that he misused his office for personal gain and lied to law enforcement ...
By Meg Kinnard

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Agency placed girl with man who raped her, lawsuit says

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina couple is suing the state's social services agency, claiming that case workers negligently placed their teenage daughter in the care of a male neighbor and that she was ...
By Meg Kinnard

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

COLUMBIA - A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state's Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency won't allow him to take a driver's license photo wearing makeup.
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Man gets 20 years in SC prison guard shooting

COLUMBIA - A judge sentenced an Orangeburg man to 20 years in prison Wednesday for conspiring to kill a South Carolina corrections officer in a hit ordered by an inmate with a cellphone.
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Drone carrying contraband crashes at SC prison

COLUMBIA - A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence.
By Meg Kinnard

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ex-Destiny's Child member arrested in South Carolina

A former member of the R&B group Destiny's Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend after a night drinking with two football players.
By Meg Kinnard

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

3 cartel members kidnap SC man, FBI says

COLUMBIA - Three men affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel kidnapped a South Carolina man and held him for ransom for nearly a week in a dispute over $200,000 in marijuana, authorities said Wednesday.
By Meg Kinnard

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Agency accused of keeping abusive brother with sister

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's social services agency repeatedly placed a young girl and her brother together in the same foster homes, even though officials knew for years that one was sexually ...
By Meg Kinnard

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Longtime sheriff pleads not guilty in bribery case

COLUMBIA - James Metts, South Caro­lina's longest-serving sheriff, who is accused of lining his pockets by doing favors for friends, pleaded not guilty to federal bribery charges on Tuesday.
By Meg Kinnard

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

South Carolina High Court mulls ethics case

COLUMBIA - A lower court judge was right to halt an investigation into House Speaker Bobby Harrell attorneys for the Charleston Republican argued.
By Meg Kinnard

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Harrell raises SC judicial independence questions

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's attorney general is preparing to argue Tuesday before the Supreme Court why he - and not a legislative ethics panel - has the singular authority to investigate House ...
By Meg Kinnard

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Longtime SC sheriff charged

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff has been indicted on bribery charges, making him the eighth sheriff in the state to face criminal charges in four years.
By Meg Kinnard

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Plan addresses human trafficking issue

COLUMBIA - A plan released Thursday by South Carolina's top prosecutor sets up how the state will address the problem of human trafficking.
By Meg Kinnard

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Grad rates show improvement by local school systems

Graduation rates in both Richmond and Columbia counties followed the statewide trend of slow and steady increases in 2014, although progress in individual schools varied greatly.
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