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  • The Supreme Court has rejected a plea from South Carolina to reimpose the death penalty on a South Carolina inmate whose death sentence stood for two decades until a federal appeals court threw it out in August. Chief Justice John Roberts did not comment Friday in denying the state's request. The order requires the state to conduct a new sentencing hearing for inmate Sammie Stokes, if it wants jurors to sentence him again to death. Otherwise, Stokes will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to death in 1999 for the rape and murder of 21-year-old Connie Snipes in Orangeburg County.
  • Authorities have released 911 calls made by prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh and two motorists after a Sept. 4 roadside shooting in which a bullet grazed Murdaugh's head. A woman passerby says on one call she saw a man bloodied and waving his hands on the roadside but she didn't stop because it looked — in her words — "like a setup." Police have since charged Murdaugh with insurance fraud, saying he tried to have himself killed so his surviving son could collect $10 million in life insurance payouts. The recordings were released Friday and in one Murdaugh says someone shot him when he stopped for a flat tire.
  • South Carolina's oldest and most powerful state lawmaker is currently receiving hospice care after the discovery of what colleagues describe as an inoperable cancer. A GOP senator told The Associated Press on Thursday that Hugh Leatherman's staff notified a handful of lawmakers the 90-year-old Florence Republican was recently hospitalized after experiencing severe abdominal pain. Leatherman was first elected to the chamber in 1980 and serves as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has sway over the state's budget.
  • A year ago, The Daily Gamecock, the University of South Carolina's student newspaper, went dark as a way to relieve the pressures on the staff's emotional health. They took a few on the chin for that. But a year later, their newsroom's culture has changed for the better, and their idea has caught on elsewhere.
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In celebration of Walter Edgar’s Journal at 21, this week's episode is an encore from 2010 featuring John T. Edge, author and Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, University of Mississippi; and Matt and Ted Lee, award winning cookbook authors. The conversation was a preview of a debate on the topic, "What is Real Southern Cooking?" which aired on SCETV’s Take on the South.
Latest SC Lede Episodes
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    On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for October 23, 2021: updates on the efforts to reform the SC Department of Juvenile Justice; South Carolina Ports Authority President Jim Newsome on the state's infrastructure needs; the latest on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots; and more.
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    On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 19, 2021, we look at Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) comments about his recent trip to the southern border, the future of the bipartisan infrastructure bill in Congress, and what the Virginia governor's race could mean for the 2022 midterm elections. Also in this episode: the latest on broadband expansion in the state; updates on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine boosters shots; and more.
The Latest Episodes of the SC Business Review
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    Ten years ago, our next guest and his partner decided to launch their own music school and since then it has grown into five locations across the Midlands. One unique aspect of his school is to give students the chance to perform in a band in concert-like venues, which also gives them a peek at a career in live music.Mike Switzer interviews Don Russo, co-founder of Freeway Music in Columbia, SC.
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    The Revolutionary War Visitor Center in Camden, South Carolina recently opened for business and our next guest is looking forward to it boosting area tourism and economic development.Mike Switzer interviews Suzi Sale, director of tourism & economic development for the City of Camden, South Carolina.
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