Stories by Sarita Chourey

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Poll: Kingston edging ahead of Perdue

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's one-point lead one week ago over businessman David Perdue has stretched to five points in the Republican Senate runoff, poll results showed Thursday.
By Sarita Chourey

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bill lets school board offer penny tax

COLUMBIA - With less than two hours left in the two-year legislative session, a bill cleared the S.C. General Assembly, allowing voters to approve a penny sales tax to pay for school construction.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lawmakers throw out veto, save funds to promote Wilson house in Columbia

COLUMBIA - Money to promote the Woodrow Wilson Family Home in Columbia was saved Wednesday when lawmakers overrode a veto by Gov. Nikki Haley.
By Sarita Chourey

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lawmaker fights bill clearing way for Aiken tax

Sen. Kevin Bryant, an Anderson County Republican, is prepared to kill a bill that would allow voters to add a penny sales tax, while receiving property tax relief, in order to fund school building ...
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Powdered alcohol ban heads to SC governor

COLUMBIA - State lawmakers are sending a one-year ban on powdered alcohol to the governor's desk.
By Sarita Chourey

Friday, May 30, 2014

SC 3rd District has no DOT representative

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District still has no representation on the state transportation board.
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Smartphone pics aim to inform storm response

COLUMBIA — You can post your storm pictures to Facebook. But South Carolina officials are hoping the public will also share them on MyCoast.
By Sarita Chourey

Monday, May 26, 2014

Aiken voters might see sales tax increase on ballot

The proposal, if voters approve it, could raise $16 million to $20 million annually for new construction and facility upgrades for Aiken County Public School District.
By Sarita Chourey

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ex-SRS worker leads panel for workers' comp

Former North Augusta city Councilman Thomas Scott Beck, 55, was confirmed this month as chairman of the seven-person state Workers' Compensation Commission.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cameras may catch SC bus passers

COLUMBIA -- Parents asked lawmakers to approve a bill that would permit outward-facing video cameras on school buses to capture evidence of rogue motorists for use in arrests.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Public input sought on Allendale landfill

COLUMBIA - State and federal regulators are gathering the feedback about years of cleanup at the Helena Chemical Company Landfill in Allendale County.
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SC libraries may get tough

COLUMBIA -- Lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to create a tougher legal environment for unwelcome library visitors.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Home transforms to museum

COLUMBIA — When America’s 28th president is mentioned on Hampton Street, oftentimes, he’s just Tommy. The boy who would become President Wilson was only 14 years old when his family lived there.
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Savannah River boating rule could change

COLUMBIA - Now that Georgia lawmakers have finished their half a bi-state boating compact, it's up to South Carolina to follow suit.
By Sarita Chourey

Monday, March 24, 2014

SC high court reverses conviction

COLUMBIA - A man whose criminal sexual conduct conviction was reversed last week is heading to Aiken County. Joseph Walker was convicted of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct in 2002.
By Sarita Chourey

Monday, March 10, 2014

Consumer complaints down in 2013

The volume of consumer complaints filed with the state regulators in South Carolina dropped significantly in 2013.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

SC could target people who lie about military service

VFW organizations have been scrutinizing profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media sites for job-seekers falsely claiming to have served in the military or received military awards.
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Bill affects Ga.-SC boaters

COLUMBIA - South Carolina and Georgia are working in tandem to enter a reciprocal agreement on ticketing wayward boaters, and on Tuesday, South Carolina lawmakers moved their half of the agreement ...
By Sarita Chourey

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

Bill allows vote on Aiken penny tax for schools

Tourists and even Augusta residents could start chipping in to help Aiken County build new schools and repair old ones if a proposed penny sales tax passes.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Actor's death called a warning

COLUMBIA - The suspected overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman serves as a tragic reminder, said a top drug-treatment official in South Carolina.
By Sarita Chourey

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Election Updates

ATLANTA -- David Perdue squeaked to the lead in the Republican Senate runoff Tuesday over Jack Kingston in one of the most closely watched contests in the country.