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Note: This story has been amended to remove a reference to Michael Bloomberg setting up operations in South Carolina. Bloomberg is not on the South Carolina ballot.

Democrats are united on one idea. They want to unseat President Donald Trump. But past that, and even with the South Carolina Democratic Primary right around the corner, likely progressive voters are in a street fight between their ideals and who they think stands the best chance of accomplishing their main objective.

Endorsements a Historic Part of Political Process

Feb 18, 2020

Political endorsements have been around as long as campaigns have.  But are they effective?  That depends on a number of factors, according to Carol Fowler of Columbia, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party.  One factor, she says, is how many endorsements a candidate has:  "If you have a long list of endorsers, I might believe that you were winning the race, and I should be for you.  And if you don't have anybody vouching for you, I might think you're not doing too well."

For the past several years the issue that’s dominated the state legislature has been the future of Santee Cooper, the state-owned public power utility.  Santee Cooper in effect produces electricity for over two million customers in the state. State lawmakers have been pondering what to do with the utility since the failure of the giant VC Summer nuclear project in the summer of 2017.  Many have concerns about Santee Cooper’s Management, and the almost $7 Billion debt it's now carrying following VC Summer.

For York County, Recycling Means Business

Feb 11, 2020
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Besides bottles, cans, and paper, York County residents can recycle lots of things that might surprise them -- fluorescent bulbs, for instance; shoes; cooking oil. 

But while you can’t put that stuff at the curb, you cantake it to one of the county’s 16 collection centers. Find out what you can take and where you can take it by clicking here.

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Four weeks into this year’s session of the state legislature there has been lots of debate, but little movement on several education bills.

The Senate is slowly working its way through the massive School Improvement Bill with no end of debate in sight.

Senators have turned in several late nights debating the bill and it seems the longer its debated, the more complicated some of the issues become.

Photographer and museum founder Cecil Williams
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A new museum in Orangeburg county celebrates South Carolina residents who fought racial injustice. The Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum features over 500 photographs, most of which were taken by Williams. After years of trying to get local support for a civil rights museum in the area, Williams said he used thousands of dollars of his own money to create a place where the images and stories of those who helped shape American history can displayed.

Dr. Bernard Powers founded the Center for the Study of Slavery at the College of Charleston
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As the College of Charleston celebrates its 250th birthday, at its center is Randolph Hall.  Built in 1820, students still gather here. 

Less prominent, an organization that tries to help the school comes to terms with  its past, the Center for the Study of Slavery.

"You are sitting in the office of the center right now," says Dr. Bernard Powers.  He founded the center two years ago after retiring from the history department.

The Real I.D. is dentified by the gold star in the upper right corner.
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Beginning October 1st of this year, anyone who wishes to fly on a commercial aircraft, access a federal facility, or enter a military installation will be required to present their passport, military ID, or their Real ID. Back in 2005, Congress passed the “Real ID Act” in response to the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government set the standard for the issuance of IDs, like driver’s licenses. To date, all 50 states and territories are fully compliant with the Real ID requirements. 

Coronavirus Scare You? Flu Should Scare You More

Feb 4, 2020
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Health officials around the world are scrambling to stay ahead of the coronavirus outbreak plaguing parts of China. But Dr. Melissa Nolan, an infectious disease specialist at the University of South Carolina, says influenza is a far bigger cause for concern.

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The gate at Auschwitz concentration camp, with the slogan "work will set you free" above the entrance.  Recently the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust observed the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Allied forces during World War II.
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Recently in South Carolina and around the world, events were held to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  January 27 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.  The Holocaust killed an estimated six million European Jews as well as many other victims of the Nazis, including Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, gypsies, homosexuals, the infirm and more.  

President Trump's State of the Union Address

Feb 3, 2020
President Donald Trump
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President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, Tuesday night at 9:00 p. m. South Carolina Public Radio will broadcast NPR's Special Coverage, live. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver the Democratic Party's response. We will also offer a video stream of NPR's coverage here.

SC Senate in session on January 30, 2020
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Teacher Bill of Rights Defeated

When the State Senate re-convenes next week it will begin its’ third week of debate on an omnibus School Improvement Bill.  For the past two years it’s been the General Assembly’s first priority.  It aims to update an array of state policies to produce better educated students, and perhaps most importantly shore-up the teaching profession by keeping good teachers in the classroom and to entice new teachers to the profession.

Two University of South Carolina pediatricians have recommendations for parents to help get their kids more, and better quality, sleep.
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Recent research has found that 75 percent of teens, and many younger children, don't get enough sleep.  This phenomenon has been called a major health crisis, and a pair of University of South Carolina pediatricians agree.  

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Greenville Technical College has no problem attracting a diverse student body. What it does have -- and it's not alone in this by any stretch -- is a problem retaining African-American male students. 

Dr. Alecia Watt, the college’s director of educational opportunity programs, says that more than any other group, African-American male students at Greenville Tech leave school before finishing their degree paths. Her certainty comes from an in-depth study to find out who was not coming back and why. 

File: Gov. Henry McMaster
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For the second year in a row, state lawmakers have the luxury of putting together the state’s budget with millions of additional dollars.

The state’s economy is booming.  More people are working, and tax revenues are way ahead of projections.  For the first time the state’s annual operating budget for next year is expected to exceed $10 Billion.

In his annual State of the State address Wednesday night (Jan 22), Gov. Henry McMaster recommended an ambitious spending plan along with returning a quarter of every new dollar back to taxpayers.

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