Stories by Seanna Adcox

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

South Carolina settles special education funding fight

The state Department of Education will distribute $51 million to school districts to settle a dispute with the federal government over recession-era budget cuts.
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016

Body camera money shared with police, other agencies

COLUMBIA — After a bystander’s video last year showed a white North Charleston police officer shooting and killing a fleeing, unarmed black man, widespread outrage spurred South Carolina lawmakers ...
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016

New school year brings change to grading system

COLUMBIA - The school year kicking off Monday across South Carolina brings a new 10-point grading scale for high schoolers, affecting who qualifies for scholarships, sports, or just a passing grade.
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

DOJ signs deal with agency of ex-deputy who tossed girl

COLUMBIA - The sheriff's department whose deputy tossed a student across a classroom after she refused to give up her cellphone has agreed with the U.S. Justice Department to do its part in ending ...
By Seanna Adcox

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016

SC school board limits police role

COLUMBIA - Ten months after video captured a deputy pulling a teen from her desk and tossing her across the floor, South Caro­lina officials on Tuesday tentatively approved new rules limiting ...
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Army Corps reviewing proposed interstate to Myrtle Beach

COLUMBIA - A decades-long proposal to build an interstate to Myrtle Beach is back before the Army Corps of Engineers, which is weighing whether to permit construction of the four-lane, nonstop ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Funding will help South Carolina roads, but more is needed

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's roads are so bad that drivers probably won't notice the $1.4 billion worth of pavement resurfacing a new law provides over the next decade or so, Transportation ...
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ethics Commission says when its OK to pay family with donations

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Political candidates can use donations to pay their company or a family member, as long as the campaign services are legitimate and the cost is reasonable, the State Ethics ...
By Seanna Adcox

Ethics board says governor gets luxury box only for business

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley can watch the University of South Carolina Gamecocks from a free luxury football suite only if she is conducting state business, the State Ethics Commission decided ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Haley executive order targets 'hidden earmarks'

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley issued an executive order Thursday aimed at forcing South Carolina legislators to be more forthright about what they're funding in the budget.
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, July 2, 2016

New SC law will expand access to drug-overdose antidote

COLUMBIA - A new South Carolina law aimed at reducing deaths from OxyContin, fentanyl and other opioids will allow people to obtain an anti-overdose drug in pharmacies without presenting a ...
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Officials work to prevent repeat of dueling rallies

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Lawmakers in South Carolina want to regulate events at the state Capitol in an effort to avoid the chaos of last July, when opposing hate groups held overlapping rallies and ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, June 23, 2016

168 agencies to get body camera funds

COLUMBIA - More than 160 law enforcement agencies across South Carolina will split the $5.8 million legislators provided for police body cameras, their maintenance and video storage.
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SC State celebrates keeping accreditation

COLUMBIA - The probationary cloud over South Ca­ro­lina State University was lifted Thursday, ending worries that its accreditation could be revoked and that the school could be forced to ...
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ex-lawmaker fined for harassing women

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former South Carolina Rep. Edward Southard must pay $2,000 for harassing several women at the Statehouse, according to an agreement signed Wednesday.
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Haley works to oust some Republicans

Gov. Nikki Haley is spending her time and political capital trying to oust several Republicans she sees as obstacles, notably the state's most powerful lawmaker, Senate President Pro Tem Hugh ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Haley vetoes $41 million from Legislature's budget

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley struck $41 million worth of spending from the Legislature's $7.5 billion budget and thanked legislators Thursday for not attempting to borrow money for college ...
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Haley signs road bill borrowing billions for work

Gov. Nikki Haley reluctantly signed legislation Wednesday that will let the state borrow $2.2 billion to jump-start improvements to South Carolina's deteriorating roads, saying she did so only ...
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Concealed guns law among more than 40 signed by governor

COLUMBIA - New laws signed by Gov. Nikki Haley shorten the legislative session, allow South Carolinians to carry concealed guns in Geor­gia, and block petroleum companies from taking people's ...
By Seanna Adcox

Friday, June 3, 2016

DSS reaches settlement in care suit

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Depart­ment of Social Services has agreed to lower social workers' case­loads of abused and neglected children, put fewer children in institutions and do a better job ...
By Seanna Adcox
 
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Hyde Park activist not pleased with city buyout offer
Charles Utley, who fought to get Augusta to address contamination concerns in the Hyde Park community, now is questioning the city's offer of $90,500 for his four rental properties there.