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  • A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. A Marion County jury found former Horry County deputy Stephen Flood guilty of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless homicide. Forty-five-year-old Wendy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green had been involuntarily committed for mental help, but weren't dangerous. Prosecutors say Flood was reckless by driving the van into floodwaters in September 2018 with the helpless women in the back. The van was pinned against a guardrail where Flood and a second deputy could not get them out.
  • South Carolina election officials are preparing for early voting for the first time in next month's primaries. It's a different approach in an era where many other states are passing laws to make it harder to cast ballots early. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday afternoon. He actually put his pen to the act on Friday so that local election officials could have as much time as possible to plan for the start of early voting on May 31. The bill allows for two weeks of early voting for the June 14 primaries. It also makes voting fraud a felony and restricts absentee ballots to mail-in only.
  • South Carolina's Republican governor has quietly signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls' or women's sports in public schools and colleges. Gov. Henry McMaster's signature Monday means South Carolina joins about a dozen other states that have passed similar laws requiring transgender students to compete with the gender listed on their birth certificates. McMaster didn't issue a statement after signing the bill, but said earlier this month he thought "girls ought to play girls and the boys ought to play boys. That's the way we've always done it." Opponents of the law say it singles out students who aren't elite athletes but are just looking for a way to be a regular student.
Latest SC Lede Episodes
  • May 22, 2022 — A final recap of the 2022 regular state legislative session; a look at the latest economic news, including weeks of market declines; information about the recent earthquakes hitting the Palmetto State; and more.
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    Gavin Jackson
    May 17, 2022 — How the U.S. Supreme Court's expected decision on Roe v. Wade could impact a special state legislative session this year regarding abortion; Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, on the death of his medical marijuana bill this session; and much more.
Alexandra Olgin
Shrimp, one of our most delicious food sources, was once only considered worthy of bait. In her new book, Shrimp Tales: Small Bites of History (2022, Primedia eLaunch), author Beverly Bowers Jennings tells the fascinating story of the shrimp industry, from the shrimp boats and their captains to fishing family lore, tasty recipes and more.

Jennings talks with Walter Edgar about what she learned in a decade spent interviewing shrimpers and others associated with commercial shrimping to produce permanent exhibits for the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center and the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head. That work served as the basis of Shrimp Tales, a book that reveals the old ways of shrimping and celebrates today’s awakening about the foods we eat and the people who make it all happen.
The Latest Episodes of the SC Business Review
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    After working in economic development in Louisiana, our next guest accepted the position of directing the economic development efforts for our state’s life sciences industry. Mike Switzer interviews James Chappell, CEO of SCBIO in Greenville, SC.
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    After receiving over 80 applications for a start-up business contest with ideas ranging from helipad maintenance to spent nuclear fuel recycling, eight winners were selected by our next guest’s organization to receive prize packages that, in total, represented more than $100,000. Mike Switzer interviews Eric Weissman, executive director of NEXT in Greenville, SC.
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