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Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence visiting a victim of the Sutherland Springs church shooting at the Brooke Army Medical Center, Nov. 8, 2017.  Source: Wikipedia.

TOP FIVE: Help for mass violence victims, charter school lobbying, more

Here are five stories from the last week related to S.C. that you might have missed:

1. Nation’s first mass-violence resource center opens in Charleston

2. For-profit charter schools spend big with S.C. lawmakers

3. House tax reform bill could threaten historic places in South Carolina

4. Lawmakers don’t get free pass on bad behavior

5. S.C. is one of two states to see fewer black, Democratic-leaning voters

by · 11/14/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE: On inaction, weak revenues, cutting prison costs, more

TOP FIVE: On inaction, weak revenues, cutting prison costs, more

Five policy-related stories that you might have missed:

1. Action still slow three years after Abbeville decision

2. Weak state revenue collections could threaten S.C. employee raises

3. S.C. among states to turn to data analytics to cut prison costs,

4. South Carolina has lowest percentage of state-licensed workforce

5. Some states are experiencing a baby boom; South Carolina isn’t one of them

by · 11/07/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE: On harbor deepening, earnings, rural water, Medicaid and infant death rate

TOP FIVE: On harbor deepening, earnings, rural water, Medicaid and infant death rate

Here are five recent policy stories with S.C. links that you might have missed:

1. Charleston Harbor poised to become deepest harbor on East Coast

2. S.C. college STEM grads see big earnings increase

3. $23.8M awarded to mostly distressed, least developed areas for water system improvements

4. South Carolina one of few states to streamline, expedite Medicaid renewals

5. For every 1,000 live births in S.C., seven infants die

by · 10/31/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:  On taxes, hurricanes, inclusivity, DACA and drug tests

TOP FIVE:  On taxes, hurricanes, inclusivity, DACA and drug tests

Here are five recent policy stories that relate to S.C. that you might have missed:

1. S.C.ranks at bottom of the pack for business tax climate

2. More intense hurricanes could cost South Carolina $12B by 2100

3. Clemson least inclusive of LGBTQ, Columbia most inclusive

4. DACA immigrants contribute $262.7 million to S.C.  economy

5. High school students all pass drug screens in S.C. school district

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by · 10/25/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:  On voting machines, birth, juvenile prosecution, security and student loans

TOP FIVE:  On voting machines, birth, juvenile prosecution, security and student loans

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent | Here are five policy-related stories that impact South Carolina that you may have missed over the last week:

1. Paperless-voting states, including South Carolina, work to secure votes

2. More women are giving birth in South Carolina without having prenatal care

3. South Carolina one of four states to raise the age of juvenile prosecution

4. South Carolina one of minority of states with no security-breach legislative changes in 2017

5. Student loan crisis recorded for African-American students

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by · 10/17/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:  Teen pregnancy, teachers, insurance, youth camps, storm impact

TOP FIVE: Teen pregnancy, teachers, insurance, youth camps, storm impact

Here are five stories related to South Carolina you might have missed:

1. Teen birth rate plummets, but STDs remain a concern in South Carolina

2. Four-in-five South Carolina teachers are white

3. South Carolina is one of 15 states to file, but not pass legislation to allow out-of-state insurance purchase

4. Number of escapes from youth camps is unknown

5. Hurricanes impact jobs — but they aren’t completely to blame for weak report

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by · 10/10/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE: S.C.’s large piece of the federal pie, more

TOP FIVE: S.C.’s large piece of the federal pie, more

By Lindsay Street | For every dollar South Carolina sends the federal government, the state receives $1.71 in return, this study shows. In 2015, every man, woman and child in South Carolina sent an average of $6,665 to the federal government.  That was among the lowest per capita federal outlay  rates in the country.  But the state received $11,366 per capita from the federal government, making South Carolina rank as having the 10th highest balance of payments (more money in than out) in the nation.  Bottom line:  We get way more than we pay into the federal government.  More:

“As a national conversation on federal tax policy is underway, taxpayers deserve to know how much their state generates for the U.S. Treasury, and how much comes back in the form of federal spending.”

by · 10/03/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:  On drug tests, college exams, child support, wages, roads

TOP FIVE:  On drug tests, college exams, child support, wages, roads

Here are some news stories impacting South Carolina that you may have missed recently in the headlines:

1. More people are failing drug tests than ever before in South Carolina.

2. South Carolina ranks higher than average on college placement exams.

3. South Carolina collects 19 percent more on child support.

4. Wages remain mostly stagnant for workers

5. Much of new road work goes toward lobbyist members, WIS-TV, Sept. 20, 2017.

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by · 09/26/2017 · News, Top Five