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Where does debt come from? How does it get so out of hand? And why is it such a difficult topic to discuss? On South Carolina Public Radio's new podcast InDebted, host Scott Morgan dives into the factors that make the Palmetto State one of the worst places for personal debt in the country and tells the stories of real South Carolinians living in this ecosystem of debt.
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The Senate Ethics Committee is admonishing South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for soliciting campaign contributions inside a federal building after a November 2022 Fox News interview in which he asked viewers to donate to a GOP candidate. Because Graham was in a Senate office building when he did the interview, the leaders of the ethics panel said, he violated Senate rules and standards of conduct.
SC Public Radio News
  • Embattled South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom will resign next month after a $3.5 billion accounting error in the year-end financial report he oversaw.
  • South Carolina has a bad rep when it comes to short-term, small-dollar lending. It's leading to a push to cap interest rates to federal military lending limits.
  • Authorities in South Carolina say a former soldier shot and killed three children as they slept in their home while their mother frantically sought help. The ex-soldier then killed himself. Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark says Charles Slacks Jr. also killed an Army solider who worked with the children's mother and happened to be at the home. Slacks and the woman were divorced, but he still had a key and let himself in around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Environmental groups are preparing to sue the federal government for not listing the gopher tortoise as endangered in four southern states. The groups say Wednesday that the animals are being imperiled by loss of habitat largely caused by human development. The Center for Biological Diversity and Nokuse Education filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision last year not to list the gopher tortoise as endangered or threatened in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and eastern Alabama.
  • A mother whose son was found dead in the middle of a South Carolina road eight years ago is opening a private investigation into his death after raising almost $90,000 amid the publicity surrounding the murder trial of Alex Murdaugh. The lawyers for Sandy Smith say there isn't any evidence linking Stephen Smith's death to the Murdaugh family. Investigators have remained tight-lipped about their reasons for taking over the case around the same time police said Murdaugh killed his wife and son. Stephen Smith was found dead on a lonely highway in July 2015. Investigators initially thought it was a hit-and-run, but authorities say no skid marks or vehicle debris was found near his body.
Latest SC Lede Episodes
  • Murdaugh Killings
    Andrew J. Whitaker/AP
    Pool The Post And Courier
    March 25, 2023 — A debrief of the double murder trial of Alex Murdaugh; the latest on the resignation of embattled South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom over a $3.5 billion accounting error; a look at the potential economic impact of Scout Motor's production facility in the Palmetto State; and more.
  • Vivek Ramaswamy Palmetto Family Council Vision ’24 National Conservative Forum March 2023
    Gavin Jackson
    SCETV/SC Public Radio
    On this edition of South Carolina Lede: Trail Bites for March 23, 2023, we take in depth look at remarks from Republican presidential candidates Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy at the Palmetto Family Council’s Vision ’24 National Conservative Forum in North Charleston on March 18, 2023.
The Latest Episodes of the SC Business Review
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    Off the shelf, customer service software has been around for a long time. Lately, some software companies are building it more specifically tailored to certain markets. Such as our next guest’s company which is having some success targeting the lawyer industry and as a result, raising significant funding. Mike Switzer interviews Andy Seavers, CEO of Case Status in North Charleston, SC.
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    We keep hearing about companies having a really hard time finding qualified employees. There simply are lots of job openings all across the country. Our next guest is trying to help with this situation by working with the business community to find careers for former prison inmates. Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Stirling, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections in Columbia.
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South Carolina Public Radio News Updates
Join SC Lede host Gavin Jackson, along with other prominent journalists from around the state, at Kite Hill Brewing in Clemson, SC on April 13 for a look at the 2024 presidential race that runs straight through South Carolina and the laws and legislative action as the first half of the session wraps up.
The SC Public Radio 50th Anniversary Open House and live recording of the SC Lede podcast has been rescheduled to take place on May 6.
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