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Jan 14, 2011

Farm lobby group cautions states on immigration

ATLANTA (AP) – States that crack down on illegal immigrants should also help farmers who need seasonal labor, the nation’s largest farm lobbying group said Jan. 11. And if Congress doesn’t overhaul immigration, farmers will assist the federal government in helping states create programs that give growers access to enough legal labor, under a policy […]

Jan 14, 2011

Fort Mill magistrate’s office closed by mold

FORT MILL (AP) – The magistrate’s office in Fort Mill has been closed by mold. The Herald of Rock Hill reported that York County public works director David Harmon says an environmental company is taking samples in the building. Harmon says officials found mold in the ceiling in the foyer outside the courtroom. Harmon says […]

Jan 14, 2011

South Carolina House quickly approves transparency bill

COLUMBIA (AP) – South Carolina law would require legislators to take a roll call on most of their votes under a proposal fast-tracked by House lawmakers in their first week back in Columbia. The House bypassed the committee process to approve the measure 104-0 Thursday, and allowed it to head to the Senate after an […]

Nov 1, 2010

4th Circuit hears Latta Confederate clothing case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — School officials who barred a South Carolina student from wearing shirts with the Confederate battle flag on campus failed to demonstrate that her clothes would be disruptive, the former pupil’s lawyer told a federal appeals court. Kirk D. Lyons urged a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Nov 1, 2010

Feds: Sprinklers would've contained fatal Charleston fire

CHARLESTON (AP) — Sprinklers in the loading dock of a Charleston furniture store would have contained a fire that killed nine firefighters more than three years ago, a new federal study concluded Thursday. The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology also found the large open display space and large quantities of flammable furniture […]

Oct 25, 2010

SC unveils new, more secure driver's licenses

IRMO (AP) — South Carolina driver’s licenses are getting their first overhaul in 16 years with new graphics, photos and tamper-resistant features, including a vertical version that immediately marks the owner as being under 21. Drivers will not have to replace their current licenses until the ones they have expire. While the appearance of the […]

Oct 25, 2010

SC women throw annual party to support Anita Hill

COLUMBIA (AP) – A group of women who support Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment against then-U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas met again in Columbia. The 19th annual “We Believe Anita Hill” party took place Thursday. The gathering began in 1992, a year after Hill testified during Thomas’ confirmation hearings. The women say […]

Oct 25, 2010

Ex-Lee County official charged with embezzlement

BISHOPVILLE (AP) – The former public works director in Lee County has been indicted on an embezzlement charge. U.S. Attorney William Nettles says 39-year-old John Muldrow is accused of taking more than $5,000 of county property for his personal use. Multiple media outlets reported that Muldrow is accused of taking the property between January and […]

Oct 25, 2010

Graham in SC to discuss repealing health-care law

COLUMBIA (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and health care providers will be talking up plans to repeal and replace the new national health care law. Graham and physicians were slated to hold a news conference in Columbia Friday and present their “Citizens Prescription to Repeal and Replace Obamacare.” The federal legislation backed by President […]

Oct 25, 2010

Columbia parks employee charged in kickback scheme

COLUMBIA (AP) – A Columbia Parks and Recreation Department employee is facing charges for allegedly taking kickbacks from contractors working on city projects. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 34-year-old Damon McDuffie was indicted Thursday on two counts of solicitation and receipt of illegal payments from contractors. Prosecutors say McDuffie took kickbacks from contractors from October [&h[...]

Oct 25, 2010

Columbia mayor reaches settlement in auto wreck

COLUMBIA (AP) – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has reached a settlement with a woman who was severely injured in a wreck he was involved in hours after he was elected. The State newspaper reported Thursday the mayor’s attorney, Columbia Rep. James Smith, said the terms of the settlement with Deborah Rubens have not been released. […]

Oct 25, 2010

Ex-Clemson official accused of taking computer

GREENVILLE (AP) – A former Clemson University official has been indicted on charges of taking a computer and documents when he left the school. Multiple media outlets reported Chalmers Eugene Troutman III has been indicted by the Greenville County grand jury on charges of grand larceny and computer crime. Troutman had been the executive secretary […]

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