Articles by Meg Kinnard

South Carolina Gov, Business Groups Push for COVID Liability Protection

South Carolina’s governor is pushing state lawmakers to approve a bill that would prevent people who contract COVID-19 from suing businesses and other groups that have followed federal and state health guidelines. In a letter sent Monday to House members …

Historic South Carolina Mental Institution Destroyed by Fire

An early morning fire has devastated an iconic building whose architectural beauty and past as South Carolina’s state mental institution have long been features of both the capital city’s skyline and historic lore. Officials said crews were called early Saturday …

South Carolina Halts Late-Night Alcohol Sales at Bars, Restaurants

In an effort to stem South Carolina’s raging coronavirus outbreak, particularly among young adults he says are gathering in unsafe groupings, Gov. Henry McMaster is shutting off the late-night sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants across the state. McMaster …

Governor Aims for South Carolina to Recover ‘More Quickly Than Any Other State’

South Carolina’s governor is rolling out details of a program that his office says will allow the state’s economy to “recover more quickly than any other state’s in the country” from the new coronavirus outbreak. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday …

South Carolina: Hurricane Response Plan a ‘Good Question’ Amid Virus Outbreak

With hurricane season less than two months away, officials in South Carolina said they don’t yet have a good plan in place if a storm hits during the coronavirus outbreak, particularly for people potentially displaced from their homes in the …

Arrest Made in Arson Fires to Homes Owned by South Carolina Gov

A 21-year-old man has been charged with intentionally setting a fire that damaged two Columbia rental properties owned by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Frank John Wilberding was arrested Tuesday and charged …

South Carolina Lawmakers Try to Legalize Medical Marijuana, Again

South Carolina lawmakers are once again introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for treatment of critically ill patients in the state, making another go at a debate that has gradually made progress in this deeply red state in recent years. Sen. …

South Carolina to Increase Hurricane Florence Aid Request to $435M

South Carolina’s congressional delegation will be able to ask for more funds to provide relief following Hurricane Florence, thanks to a move by the state’s governor. In a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Gov. Henry McMaster told U.S. …

Flooding Forecast in Some South Carolina Communities Not as Dire as First Feared

The last community in the way of Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters as they slowly flow to the sea got some good news Wednesday – the predictions aren’t as dire as they once were. And it appears the Waccamaw River won’t top …

South Carolina Supreme Court Appoints Judge to Manage Opioid Lawsuits

South Carolina’s high court has appointed a single judge to handle any lawsuits related to opioids in the state system. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court assigned Circuit Court Judge Perry Gravely to the task. Gravely, based in Pickens, has …