Articles by Jeffrey Collins

South Carolina Lawmaker Expects Medical Marijuana Bill to Pass

A bill that would allow medical marijuana use in South Carolina has again made it to the Senate floor, and the Republican lawmaker who has pushed unrelentingly for the proposal for the past seven years said he thinks it can …

Big Businesses Back South Carolina Hate Crime Bill

A bill that would make South Carolina the 48th state in the nation to pass a hate crime law started its journey through the Statehouse on Tuesday. The proposal to allow harsher penalties for killings, assaults, stalking, vandalism and other …

South Carolina to Remain Open Despite Spike in Virus Cases

South Carolina health officials issued a warning Wednesday that people who go to graduations, businesses or other recently opened places and aren’t careful about wearing masks or social distancing may be contributing to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the …

South Carolina Reopening Committee Leader Wants Business Liability Protection

The leader of governor’s committee studying how to best reopen South Carolina after the coronavirus said one of the most critical pieces of unfinished business is protecting businesses from lawsuits if they follow safety recommendations. Freeing businesses and others from …

South Carolina Allows Gyms, Barbers to Reopen; Hires 1,800 Contact Tracers

South Carolina moved closer to fully reopening its economy on Monday as restaurants reopened with restrictions and the state’s governor announced that public pools as well as gyms, salons, barbershops and other close contact businesses can resume operation next week. …

South Carolina Reports Damage to 900 Homes from at Least 16 Tornadoes

More than 900 homes were damaged and 111 houses were destroyed by a series of tornadoes and strong winds that moved across the state Monday, emergency officials said. Damage from the storms were reported in 21 counties, the South Carolina …

South Carolina Begins Clean Up After At Least 9 Tornadoes Hit State

South Carolina continued to clean up Tuesday from the state’s deadliest tornado outbreak in 36 years. Nine people were killed as a series of twisters moved from one end of the state to the other Monday morning. Meteorologists have counted …

Mom Asks South Carolina Lawmakers To Require Balcony Inspections After Son’s Death

Jennifer Mykytyn has been fighting to honor her son for five years and finally got a hearing to ask South Carolina lawmakers to require inspections for balconies so no one else would die the way her son was killed. Mykytnn’s …

Can Historic Towns Along Southeast Coast Endure Sea Rise?

Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total …

70-Year-Old Pipe Break in South Carolina Causes 30M Gallon Water Spill

Much of one of South Carolina’s largest counties was left without water after a 70-year-old pipe broke, sending a torrent of water over a main highway and closing schools, businesses and county offices. A 20-inch (51-centimeter) iron pipe that carries …