Stories by Sarita Chourey

Thursday, May 7, 2015

S.C. House postpones debate on body cam bill

The Senate passed S. 47 and sent it to the House, however, the bill will be debated on the floor instead of going through the committee process on the House side.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pipeline leaks common, riverkeeper says

More than 300,000 gallons of gasoline has leaked from Texas-based energy company Kinder Morgan's pipeline in Belton, S.C., since a structure failure in December.
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DOT OKs land surveys for pipeline

South Carolina's transportation department has given a Texas company permission to conduct surveys on a state right-of-way in preparation for a pipeline route study.
By Sarita Chourey

Monday, April 20, 2015

Debate brews on police body camera video access

COLUMBIA - Though supportive of requiring police to wear body cameras, authorities are pushing lawmakers to limit public access to the video footage. 
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

South Carolinians split on religious freedom debate

COLUMBIA - New poll results from Winthrop University show that 50 percent of likely GOP voters in South Carolina said business owners should not be allowed to refuse to serve gay and lesbian ...
By Sarita Chourey

Sunday, April 12, 2015

SC gun permit change gets 'neutral' stance

COLUMBIA - A bill that would allow Georgia and South Carolina concealed-weapon permit holders to cross the state border is improving its chances of passage, as local authorities agree not to fight ...
By Sarita Chourey

Friday, April 10, 2015

SLED suspicious of SC cop shooting

COLUMBIA -- Even before a bystander's cellphone video of the shooting was revealed, state law enforcement officials were suspicious of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.
By Sarita Chourey

National lab director seeks next generation of nuclear workers

COLUMBIA - An education pipeline must be in place to train new researchers to succeed those who will be aging out of the nuclear workforce, according to the director of the Savannah River National ...
By Sarita Chourey

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Aiken County pastor honored by House

The South Carolina House of Representatives is honoring Augusta native and Savannah River Site worker Clinton Edwards on his 10th anniversary as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Aiken.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Auto dealers attract scrutiny

That great automobile price in bold, red ink? It could be a ruse. False advertising, hidden fees and predatory payment plans are all ways shoppers can be tricked when buying a car.
By Sarita Chourey

Friday, March 13, 2015

North Augusta lawmaker offers new gun bill

COLUMBIA - North Augusta Republican Rep. Bill Hixon has introduced a pared-down version of separate legislation that's pending to allow concealed-weapon permit reciprocity with states that issue ...
By Sarita Chourey

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Aiken County fined for violations

COLUMBIA — South Carolina regulators fined Aiken County $3,400 for violating the state pollution law at the Savannah River Research Campus wastewater treatment plant, which the county owns and ...
By Sarita Chourey

SC lawmakers take aim at Muslim law

COLUMBIA - South Carolina lawmakers are worried Islamic law could rule their state's courtrooms.
By Sarita Chourey

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ga. gun owners worry SC

COLUMBIA - Against the wishes of law enforcement officials, lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders from Georgia and other states with lower safety ...
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

S.C. gun 'reciprocity' bill proposal moves forward

Lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders from Georgia and other states with lower safety standards to come into South Carolina and enjoy the same gun ...
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Court halts proceedings in Brown estate case

COLUMBIA — An Augusta attorney representing several children of James Brown said a recent S.C. Supreme Court decision to halt all proceedings involving the singer’s estate and trusts is unprecedented.
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

South Carolinians fighting mental illness need housing assistance

COLUMBIA — About 5,500 South Carolinians at any given moment are fighting mental illness and in need of housing assistance, according to study results aired before a Senate panel Wednesday.
By Sarita Chourey

S.C. lawmakers seek data on racial profiling

COLUMBIA — Lawmakers have taken a step closer to securing data about racial profiling by law enforcement in South Carolina.
By Sarita Chourey

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

South Carolina's GOP lawmakers championing religious groups

Taking aim at California, South Carolina's Republican members of Congress pressed the state's colleges and universities to affirm religious student groups' officially recognized status and the ...
By Sarita Chourey

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Sides clash over court mandate to fix SC's poor schools

COLUMBIA — The Supreme Court’s order to fix inequities in the states’s poorest schools has opened a new battlefront for advocates of private and charter schools.
By Sarita Chourey
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Davis seeks storm fee break for schools

Mayor Hardie Davis' proposal, distributed to the 10-member commission this week, says the fee could result in furlough days and lost instruction time for the school system.
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