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S.C. Forestry Commission Celebrates Nine Decades

By A. Crouch

Forestry Commission Celebration

The SC Forestry Commission celebrated its 90th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony at the State House and announced the economic impact of the state's forestry industry. A Clemson University study found that the industry has a $21 billion impact on the state's economy and is number one in the manufacturing sector, in terms of jobs and labor income. The industry employs over 84,000 people. Other highlights of the study include:

- Forestry represents the number 1 harvested crop in the state.

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in South Carolina

By K. Park

broken hotel sign

Human trafficking has come to the forefront of many Americans' minds through reporting, investigation and even popular culture. With legislation in 2012, South Carolina made a pledge to end the crime. But in 2016 alone, 73 reports related to human trafficking were made in the state. Palmetto Scene examines how South Carolinians are working together to end this crime, and where the state must go to ensure victims' well-being and safety.

Meals on Wheels

By L. Cornfoot

meals on wheels

South Carolina ranks fourth worst in the nation for senior hunger. Palmetto Scene takes a trip with Meals on Wheels and we learn the importance of this volunteer-driven program.

SC Farmers See Devastating Loss

By A. Crouch

peaches

In the past several days, South Carolina has seen record high and record low temperatures. Due to the record low temperatures, peach farmers are facing extreme damage to this year’s harvest. Because of the unseasonably warm winter the state has seen this winter, the peach crop was in early bloom.

US Programs Selected for INPUT and US Producer Fellowships Available!

By A. Shumaker

INPUT facilitators having fun and stuff themselves in booths

Don't get stuck in a box! Explore the hottest trends in new TV formats and storytelling on multiple platforms and technology. Interact with your international public media colleagues in lively screening sessions facilitated by fellow producers from around the world.   Join us for for creative inspiration and incredible networking opportunities at INPUT 2017 in Thessaloniki, Greece on May 7 - 11. 

President Donald Trump at Boeing South Carolina

By G. Jackson

President Donald Trump at Boeing South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON -- President Donald Trump called the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, produced at the North Charleston Boeing plant, an example of America producing more of its own products domestically and lessening its reliance on imports.

"It has to be much easier to manufacture in our country and much harder to leave," Trump said. "Our goal as a nation must be to rely less on imports and more on products made here in the U.S.A. Right here in the U.S.A."

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Feb. 6-10, 2017

S.C. Sen. Luke Rankin at Sen. Hugh Leatherman's portrait unveiling.

The Senate moved a number of bills forward this week, including S. 6, which increases penalties for injuring or killing a dog or horse used by law enforcement. The bill is known as “Hyco’s Law,” named for an Anderson County K-9 officer killed in the line of duty in October 2015.

On Wednesday, a portrait unveiling was held for Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, who was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

Bills approved by the Senate this week include:

House Roads Bill Advances, Gov. McMaster Weighs In on Proposed Gas Tax Increase

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House

The approval of a key House committee and comments by the state’s new governor made for key developments in the roads funding debate this week.

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee sent a bill raising the state gas tax by 10 cents per gallon and increases to other vehicle-related fees and taxes. The plan generates $570 million in additional annual revenue to fix the state’s roads—half of which have pavement in poor condition.

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina State House

The House and Senate met in Joint Session on Wednesday to elect a new Supreme Court Justice, as well as Court of Appeals, circuit court, family court and administrative law court judges.

The Senate spent much of the week passing S. 27, which makes the Superintendent of Education a cabinet position, in addition to several other bills.

Bills approved by the Senate this week include:

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