Stories by Seanna Adcox

Friday, April 24, 2015

DHEC board chooses new leader

A former Duke Energy executive was chosen Friday as the next leader of South Carolina's Depart­ment of Health and Environmental Control.
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Audit shows SC State will owe $23.5M by close of fiscal year

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina State University's escalating debt is expected to reach $23.5 million by the end of this school year, accountants said Wednesday, adding to calls for an immediate ...
By Seanna Adcox

Friday, March 13, 2015

Borrowing plan's defeat causes cuts to SLED, K-12

COLUMBIA - A law enforcement training center, K-12 school construction and rural utility infrastructure are among projects eliminated or drastically reduced by the House's refusal to borrow money ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, March 12, 2015

SC House kills bond plan, approves budget

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House approved its $7 billion spending plan late Thursday after killing a proposal to borrow $500 million for building projects statewide.
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

House rejects ice storm funds for counties

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House refused Wednesday to distribute up to $10 million to 22 counties to cover part of their cleanup costs from last winter's ice storm. But reimbursements could ...
By Seanna Adcox

Monday, March 9, 2015

South Carolina close to replacing Common Core in classrooms

COLUMBIA - South Carolina could be one step away from replacing Common Core education standards with state-developed guidelines, as the Legislature required last year.
By Seanna Adcox

South Carolina House votes to defund Commission on Higher Education

COLUMBIA - The Commission on Higher Education could be forced to close next fiscal year under a budget amendment approved Monday by the South Carolina House, though the proposal's primarily meant ...
By Seanna Adcox

Sunday, March 8, 2015

SC State not alone among HBCUs struggling to survive

COLUMBIA- While decades of leadership strife have contributed to South Carolina State University's fiscal crisis, it is certainly not alone among historically black colleges nationwide struggling ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, March 5, 2015

House panel asked to ban more abusers from possessing guns

COLUMBIA - A House panel opened debate Thursday on a bill intended to curb domestic violence in South Carolina, a week after the Senate passed its version.
By Seanna Adcox

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Suspended SC State president sues school

Thomas Elzey sued the financially strapped university a week after trustees put him on paid leave and a day before they were set to meet to get legal advice on how to proceed.
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Proposal to fire SC State trustees advances with objection

COLUMBIA - A proposal to fire all trustees of South Caro­lina State University advanced to the Senate floor Wednesday, but it's no longer on the fast track to approval.
By Seanna Adcox

Haley opposes $500 million borrowing bill

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley accused the leader of a powerful House committee Wednesday of running up South Carolina's credit card with a proposal that borrows $500 million for building projects ...
By Seanna Adcox

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015


Senate panel to consider firing all SC State trustees, 1 day after president put on leave.
By Seanna Adcox

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Budget plan pays for fewer caseworkers, higher raises

COLUMBIA - The House Ways and Means' budget proposal pays for less than half of the additional child-welfare workers requested by the embattled Department of Social Services but provides higher ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Haley's DHEC choice questioned about connections

COLUMBIA - Eleanor Kitzman insists she'll remain independent of her longtime friend, Gov. Nikki Haley, if confirmed as director of South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control.
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Clyburn says South Carolina State needs to replace president

COLUMBIA - Members of a powerful House committee called Wednesday for ousting the embattled president and entire board of South Carolina State University as a first step toward bringing the ...
By Seanna Adcox

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Senator says colleague's sexist comments went too far

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina senator says he was only joking with a female colleague when he referred to women as a "lesser cut of meat" while they dined with others near the Statehouse on Tuesday.
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

SC State trustees stand by president

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The trustees of South Caro­lina State University stood behind embattled President Thomas Elzey on Thursday, even as legislators proposed ousting the entire board along with ...
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Black caucus wants SC State president to resign

COLUMBIA - The Legislative Black Cau­cus called Wednesday for the resignation of Thomas Elzey as president of financially troubled South Carolina State University.
By Seanna Adcox

Black lawmakers ask SC State president to quit

COLUMBIA - The Legislative Black Caucus is asking the president of South Carolina State University to resign, saying Thomas Elzey has proven he can't lead the school past its fiscal woes.
By Seanna Adcox
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