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Gov. Henry McMaster, center, presides at an emergency management press conference.

NEWS BRIEFS: On governmental redundancy; VW settlement monies

Staff reports  |  Hurricane briefings by Gov. Henry McMaster featured a slight difference in language that you might have picked up on.

McMaster’s predecessor, Nikki Haley, called for an evacuation of coastal areas around Beaufort and Charleston in October 2016 when Hurricane Matthew was on the way.  The word “mandatory” was not part of the lingo.  In fact when later questioned about whether the evacuation was mandatory or voluntary, she said, “An evacuation is an evacuation.”

The definition of “evacuation” is “the removal of persons or things from an endangered area.” 

Also in News Briefs: Learn about money from a settlement with Volkswagen.

by · 09/14/2017 · News, News briefs
NEWS:  Governor may issue evacuation order Saturday morning

NEWS:  Governor may issue evacuation order Saturday morning

Staff reports  |  Gov. Henry McMaster today said he may issue an evacuation order Saturday for coastal areas to steer people away from Hurricane Irma, which may bring destructive winds and storm surges Monday that cause major damage to the Palmetto State.

“If you can leave now, go ahead,” the governor said during a news conference televised on SCETV. 

Officials said residents should start feeling the hurricane’s wrath on Sunday night.  If it moves into the state on Monday, the Midlands may get hurricane-force wind gusts and the Upstate may experience tropical storm-force wind gusts.

by · 09/07/2017 · News, News briefs
BRIEFS:  Merrill resigns seat; Leatherman seeks special session

BRIEFS:  Merrill resigns seat; Leatherman seeks special session

Suspended GOP S.C. Rep. Jim Merrill of Daniel Island resigned from his legislative seat late Thursday before a Friday hearing related to a string of corruption charges he faces, according to published reports. …

Also: S.C. Sen. Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman threw down a gauntlet this week and called on his colleagues to avert “horror of horrors” by releasing state money to replace hundreds of aging school buses prone to catching on fire.

by · 09/01/2017 · News, News briefs, Politics
NEWS: South Carolina sends aid to Texas storm victims

NEWS: South Carolina sends aid to Texas storm victims

UPDATED, 8/31 | South Carolina, no stranger to flooding or storms, has been sending resources to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“People in South Carolina know what it’s like to need help,” said Louise Welch Williams, CEO of the South Carolina region for the American Red Cross.  “I remember sitting in my office in Charleston, South Carolina, and seeing American Red Cross emergency response vehicles come in from across the country and the good feeling that caused – knowing the Red Cross is helping.”

As of Thursday afternoon, South Carolina’s five Red Cross chapters had sent 70 trained volunteers and four emergency response vehicles to Texas. 

by · 08/31/2017 · News, News briefs
Abortion rights supporters protested outside the Statehouse this week to urge Gov. Nikki Haley to veto a ban on almost all abortions after 19 weeks.  She didn’t.  More below in this weeks’ news analysis.  (Photo provided.)

NEWS BRIEFS:  Abortion politics; Dissecting a meltdown; Pressure play

Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday morning issued an executive order halting any local or state funds that go toward the state’s three abortion providers. He is also seeking to exclude the clinics from the state’s Medicaid provider network. Also inside:
* The latest on the debacle over two nuclear plants.
* A councilman wants a House seat.

by · 08/25/2017 · News, News briefs
NEWS BRIEFS: On Amazon’s sales taxes; Legislators opposed to offshore drilling

NEWS BRIEFS: On Amazon’s sales taxes; Legislators opposed to offshore drilling

Staff reports | Amazon didn’t have to worry about paying taxes on South Carolina sales for five years thanks to the blessing of lawmakers of a controversial incentive package.  It allowed the retailer to escape state sales taxes until 2016. But when the online giant started collecting, South Carolina says Amazon came up short — about $12 million short in the first quarter of 2016. Also inside:

* A bipartisan group of 32 state legislators this month sent a sharply-worded letter opposing efforts to open offshore drilling and exploration for oil and gas along the Atlantic coast.

by · 08/17/2017 · News, News briefs
BRIEF: Feel soggy? Leaked report provides insights

BRIEF: Feel soggy? Leaked report provides insights

There sure has been a lot of rain around the Midlands and coast over the last 30 days, and now a federal report shows major rain events are occurring with higher frequency over the last 100 years in our area of the country.

According to the draft of a  leaked federal science report, climate change is affecting regions of the United States. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that there’s been an 8 percent increase in extreme rain in the Southeast over the last 100 years.  By 2100, rainfall could go up another 21 percent.

by · 08/11/2017 · News, News briefs
Construction at the Summer site.

NEWS BRIEFS: Nuclear fallout at Statehouse, a Q&A and impact of life sciences

In the wake of billions spent on nuclear reactors that will remain unfinished for the foreseeable future, South Carolina lawmakers this week established a bipartisan caucus, and others will reconvene for a special Senate committee meeting this month.

On Monday, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) abandoned the over-budget V.C. Summer project that has already cost $9 billion. Some of that money was raised by SCE&G on the backs of ratepayers, enabled by a 2007 act by the General Assembly.

Also: Six Questions with Santee Cooper and the impact of the life sciences industry in S.C.

by · 08/03/2017 · News, News briefs