Russ McKinney

Reporter, Producer

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs.  He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta.  He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.

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This year’s session of the S.C. General Assembly has come to an end.  In the final days state lawmakers finally passed a major roads funding bill.  Russ McKinney has this round up of the week of this year's session.

With one week remaining in the 2016 legislative session, many priority matters for this year remain un-settled.  Russ McKinney gives us the rundown on this week in South Carolina politics and what to expect in the final week of the legislative session.  

A flooded field in rural South Carolina, in October, 2015.
SC Dept. of Agriculture

  This week the South Carolina House and Senate each voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of a bill to help farmers who suffered losses in the counties that were declared Disaster Areas in October's floods.

  The S.C. House of Representatives Tuesday voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of a $40 million Farm Aid Bill. The bill is to provide state assistance to South Carolina farmers who were hard hit during last fall's major flooding. South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney has more on the House action.

With only a few weeks left in this legislative session, this week has seen a flurry of action on various gun bills in the South Carolina General Assembly.  Host Russ McKinney has this look back on the week in the South Carolina Legislature.

Next years' $7.5 Billion state budget has now passed the House and the Senate, and final passage of a farm aid bill could set-up a veto fight between the legislature and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Russ McKinney reports on the week in the South Carolina Legislature.

After four years, the South Carolina Senate passes a legislative ethics reform package, and there's new hope for a roads funding bill for this year’s session.  Host Russ McKinney gives us an update on happenings in the South Carolina Legislature.

The SC House is working to improve funding for poor, rural public school districts, and the Senate advances a new road funding bill.  Russ McKinney has this update from the South Carolina Legislature.

  

This week in the General Assembly, a roads bill is on life-support, and the Senate continues to debate ethics reforms.

SC Senate GOP

On this week's episode of State House Week, the South Carolina Senate is again debating a legislative ethics bill, but its’ fate is up in the air.  Host Russ McKinney, outlines the week in South Carolina politics. 

  In this week’s edition of State House Week, Russ McKinney takes a look at how some of the state’s small, rural counties are struggling financially. The House and Senate were on an Easter furlough this week.

The South Carolina  House passes a new state budget; the number one priority of this budget is funding for  the state's roads and bridges.  Russ McKinney has the roundup of this week in the South Carolina Legislature.

On this episode of State House Week, host Russ McKinney reports that the S.C. House of Representatives is considering the Senate’s action on a roads bill, and state senators debate a bill to restrict Syrian refugees relocating in the state.

After nearly a year of debate, the South Carolina Senate has passed a roads funding bill, and a new abortion law is about to take effect.  Russ McKinney has these headlines in this edition of State House Week.

On this edition of State House Week, Russ McKinney looks at a breakthrough for a roads funding bill in the SC Senate and passage of a new gun rights bill in the House.

Sen. Harvey Peeler via Twitter

 

In this week's episode of State House Week, Russ McKinney discusses the ongoing Senate debate on funding road repairs and takes a look at the state's budget for next year.

Shane Martin

The debate to fund repairs for SC roads and bridges continues.  In this episode of State House Week, Russ McKinney  discusses Senator Tom Davis' filibuster on a bill for more money  to repair South Carolina's roads and bridges.

In this episode of State House Week, Russ McKinney reviews action in the SC Senate on roads funding, and reports on a house bill aimed at helping state farmers who suffered losses during last fall’s flooding. 

In this week's episode of State House Week, host Russ McKinney discusses the election of a new member of the SC Supreme Court, and some state senators complain that the plan to fund repairs to South Carolina roads is moving much too slow.

This week on 'State House Week," host Russ McKinney gives us an update on events in the South Carolina legislature.  The SC State Senate is finally beginning to craft legislation to fund road and bridge repairs, and to restrict the re-location of Syrian refugees in the state.

Governor Haley outlines her plans to improve public education, and fight domestic violence in her annual State of the State Address.

This week Russ McKinney looks at the Governor’s sixth State of the State report to the General Assembly.

It's an annual event in the Capitol City, citizens from around the state gather at the statehouse to honor the late Martin Luther King, Jr.  Russ McKinney reports on the events of the annual Martin Luther King Day at the Dome rally in Columbia.

The 2016 session of the South Carolina General Assembly is underway.   Russ McKinney looks at the key issues that will be debated, and takes a look ahead to Gov. Nikki Haley’s upcoming State of the State speech.

In this first episode of State House Week for the 2016 legislative session, host Russ McKinney previews some of the topics we should expect the  S.C. General Assembly to tackle this year.

It's the end of an era for Charleston.  In this special edition of SC Focus, Russ McKinney looks at Joe Riley’s 40 year tenure as mayor of the “Holy City.”

  2015 was a disastrous year for SC farmers.  The summer drought followed by Octobers record rainfall caused catastrophic crop losses across the state. Russ McKinney reports.


Russ McKinney gives an update of the continuing saga of the changing North Carolina/South Carolina border.  Some residents are unsure exactly which state live in.

Gov. Nikki Haley in press conference at the SC Emergency Management Division. (File Photo)
SCETV

    It's been almost two weeks since the first rainfall from this month's torrential storm hit the state. And, with the exception residents and businesses who suffered substantial losses, the state seems to be back on it's feet. All major highways are open, schools have re-opened, only a few hundred people remain in the seven shelters that are still open, and Columbia's water problems have been corrected.

On Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley thanked the citizens of the state for getting through it, saying "We know that we are coming to brighter days."

Gov. Nikki Haley in press conference at the SC Emergency Management Division. (File Photo)
SCETV

   Governor Nikki Haley says that, in the wake of historic flooding, the state is now moving " from a massive response situation to a massive recovery situation."

Aerial view of the Charleston, S.C. area, Oct. 5, 2015.
U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann

  Major flooding is possible near the mouths of several coastal rivers. Gov. Haley warns that the flooding, expected in the Georgetown, Pawleys Island, and Givhans Ferry areas, could last for days. 

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham says the state will need assistance beyond what FEMA can provide, and hopes to bring in federal highway dollars and block grants to help. U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn says that many of the road and bridge failures have occurred because past neglect of infrastructure. Russ McKinney reports.

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