Browsing articles labeled "South Carolina"

Welfare check leads to homicide investigation in man's death

GASTON, S.C. (AP) -- Lexington County deputies are investigating the death of a man found in a home as a homicide. Local media outlets report deputies found the body of 67-year-old Robert John Kobylak inside his home on Monday night. Deputies did a welfare check when Kobylak's friends voiced concern because he hadn't been heard from in weeks. Sheriff Jay Koon says some items near Kobylak's body and around his home were in disarray.

Coroner: Aiken County jail inmate died of natural causes

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say an inmate found unresponsive in showers at the Aiken County jail died of natural causes. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton says 58-year-old Jimmy Keenan of Aiken died at a local hospital about 7 p.m. Thursday. Local media outlets report he was found in showers during a routine check and taken to the hospital. Capt.

$100M for school construction included in committee's budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's beleaguered pension would get $150 million and the state's poorest districts would get $100 million for school construction, under a budget proposal advanced Thursday to the House floor. The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved a roughly $8 billion spending plan for state taxes. The only pay raises would go to officers at the Corrections and Juvenile Justice departments, where turnover rates are high.

Furman, Vanderbilt's Johnson named to hall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Former Vanderbilt and Furman head coach Bobby Johnson was among seven picked for the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Organizers announced the group Thursday. They will be inducted on May 15. Johnson is currently a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Named along with Johnson was former Major League Baseball No. 1 pick Kris Benson, who twice helped Clemson to the College World Series.

Building to be named for legislator slain in church shooting

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina senator and pastor who was slain during the Charleston church shootings will have a county building named in his honor. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports ( that the Jasper County Government Building is being renamed Friday for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Pinckney represented Jasper County in South Carolina's Senate and was the pastor at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

South Carolina tourism exceeds $20B for first time

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Officials say South Carolina's tourism industry surpassed $20 billion for the first time in 2015. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal ( ) reports that Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish announced the milestone Wednesday in Spartanburg during the South Carolina Governor's Conference on Tourism and Travel. Parrish says tourism generated $20.2 billion in economic activity statewide in 2015, a 6.

Protester tries to snatch Confederate flag on live TV

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina Black Lives Matter organizer has been arrested after he went airborne over a police barrier on live television to try to seize a large Confederate battle flag from a protester. Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis says 31-year-old Muhiyidin d'Baha, whose legal name is Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, was charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday. WCSC-TV's cameras were rolling (http://bit.

The Latest: Pastor: I was shocked church was possible target

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on a report that Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof had targeted a second black church (all times local): 6 p.m. The pastor of a historically black church in South Carolina says he was shocked to hear that his parish may also have been a target the night a white man fatally shot nine worshippers at a separate black church in Charleston. The Rev.

South Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 22 The Post and Courier (of Charleston) on gas tax hike: South Carolina needs money for road repairs, and raising the state tax on gasoline is the obvious and fairest way to get it. But without leadership from Gov. Henry McMaster, it looks as if lawmakers are on the road to gridlock once again.

Bill would define anti-Semitism on South Carolina campuses

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Supporters say a bill defining anti-Semitism for South Carolina's colleges is designed to curb a national rise of anti-Jewish bigotry on campuses. Opponents argue it could limit First Amendment rights to criticize Israel. The bipartisan bill advanced Wednesday by a House panel would require colleges to apply the definition when deciding whether an incident or speech violates anti-discrimination policies. Penalties would depend on each college's policies.

Advocates oppose concealed carry reciprocity proposal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Advocates in South Carolina are imploring the state's lawmakers to reject proposed legislation they say would dismantle the state's weapons permitting system. South Carolina members of Moms Demand Action are holding an advocacy day Wednesday at the Statehouse. They are opposed to new proposals that would allow concealed carry reciprocity with any other state in the country. Universal reciprocity has been previously debated without success.

Bills aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- House Republicans filed 10 proposals Wednesday aimed at curbing South Carolina's rampant prescription painkiller problem and promised more legislation would follow. "We wanted to get the ball rolling. This is just the first step," said Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Belton, one of four Republicans who have been working on the legislation for months. For him, it's personal.

Woman known for removing SC's Confederate flag to speak

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The woman known for climbing a 30-foot flagpole and temporarily removing the Confederate flag from in front of South Carolina Statehouse is speaking in Charleston. Local media outlets report Bree Newsome is giving a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sottile Theatre. The event is hosted by the College of Charleston. Over the weekend, members of the state's Secessionist Party protested the college's decision to host Newsome.

Coroner: Man likely had seizure while in Lake Hartwell, died

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities have identified a missing fisherman whose body was pulled from Lake Hartwell. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown tells local media outlets that 48-year-old Chester Earl Causey Hawkins died just a few houses down from his own while he was fishing sometime Tuesday. His girlfriend reported him missing when Hawkins didn't return as usual from fishing in the early afternoon.