Politics

Sen. Pinckney's Portrait Unveiled at the State House

By A. Crouch

Senator Clementa Pinckney

On Thursday, the late Senator Clementa Pinckney's portrait was unveiled in the State Senate. SCETV streamed the ceremony live. Stay tuned to SCETV and Palmetto Scene for more coverage, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charleston.

SC Legislature Overrides Gov. Haley’s Veto on $40 Million Farm Aid Bill

By K. Rackley

farm

Last October, nearly two feet of rain fell from the sky in 12 hours, flooding entire neighborhoods, destroying homes, and altering some people’s lives forever.  After Governor Haley vetoed a widely supported $40 million bill meant to help compensate South Carolina farmers who suffered catastrophic crop losses in the torrential rainfall and flooding, the S.C. House of Representatives and Senate met to vote on overriding the governor’s decision.

Senator Clementa Pinckney's Portrait To Be Unveiled

By A. Crouch

Sen. Clementa Pinckney

On the floor of the S.C. Senate today, Senator Gerald Malloy announced that a portrait of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney would be unveiled on May 25. Senator Pinckney was one of the nine murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June.

Malloy said, "This portrait will be a lasting tribute to the life of Senator Pinckney, appropriately reflecting his service to our citizens and his church. But more importantly, it will be a constant lesson of the power of grace in the face of tragedy.”

Latest Winthrop Poll Looks at Race Relations in SC

By A. Crouch

SC State House

This past year in S.C. has been a tragic, yet historic time. After the shooting of Walter Scott, the murders at Mother Emanuel, and the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the discussion of race has increased throughout the state.

Malfunction Junction Improvements Added to Senate Roads Bill

By K. Park

heavy traffic

Under the road-spending plan that the Senate’s budget panel approved on Wednesday, April 20, Malfunction Junction, considered the state Transportation Department’s No. 1 priority since 2008, would be fixed, reports The State.

The plan would provide around $4 billion for road projects over the next 10 years.

The Mayor: Age of Riley

By G. Rawls

Mayor Riley in an early Spoleto film.

The Mayor: Age of Riley, directed by Barbara Tranter and produced by Jennet Robinson Alterman, follows the career of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley’s remarkable four decade tenure.  The film, four years in the making, features interviews with Mayor Riley and those who found favor (and disfavor) with his vision for the city.  It premieres Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV with re-broadcasts Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. 

Additional Funds to Retain SC Teachers

By A. Crouch

SC State House

The S.C. House unanimously passed an amendment to the state budget that would allocate over $9 million to teachers in high-poverty areas. The school districts included in the plan have at least 80 percent of students living in poverty. The one-year funding is to help retain good teachers in poorer districts that can’t pay the same salaries as some of the richer districts in the state. Some of the areas include Allendale, Clarendon, Hampton, Lee, and Bamberg.

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

By A. Crouch

pothole in road

The S.C. House approved the state’s $7.5 billion dollar budget this week, and much of the debate surrounded the state’s failing infrastructure system. The approved budget allotted an extra $400 million dollars in road repairs. A gas increase, supported by Democrats, failed to pass.

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