Scott Morgan / South Craolina Public Radio

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
Mark Adams/SCETV

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.

Transmitters for SCETV and SC Public Radio.

The short interruptions that some listeners of both commercial and public radio stations have experienced to broadcasts in the past couple of months are actually the sound of progress, according to ETV Vice President of Technology and Facilities Mark Jahnke.

Mother Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

Felicia Sanders held her granddaughter so tight, she feared she might suffocate the child on the church floor, as a racist gunman they had welcomed to bible study executed nine fellow parishioners one by one.

Bullet casings scorched her legs.  She watched helplessly as her son Tywanza, just feet away in a pool of blood, took his final breath. 

Sanders and her granddaughter survived the massacred that claimed nine lives that night by playing dead.

King Day at the Dome

Jan 20, 2020

Many around the state will celebrate Civil Rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with marches, parades, rallies, and volunteering events. In Columbia, the NAACP hosted is 20th year of “King Day at the Dome.” The first march and rally 

Richland Library has experienced positive feedback from both patrons and staff after going fine-free for overdue books and materials.
Courtesy Richland Library

Patrons of the Richland Library have a reason to smile these days.  A few months ago, the library stopped charging late fees for overdue books.  The move is one more way the library tries to be accessible to people and remove barriers to using the facility, said Director Melanie Huggins, who cited a recent study that found more than 24,000 people could no longer check materials out of the library because they owed more than $10 in fines.  

State House Week
SC Public Radio

This year’s session of the South Carolina General Assembly got underway this week with the Senate beginning debate on the Public School Improvement Bill. Despite some twenty sub-committee meetings where Senators heard from numerous educators and citizens, the massive bill is still drawing the ire of many teachers.

Graphic of the U. S. Capitol building
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Thursday afternoon, the Senate will take some of its first steps to prepare for next week's impeachment trial of President Trump, just the third such trial in Senate history.

Graphic of the U. S. Capitol building
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives is taking the formal step of voting to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which will hold a trial. After the vote, the articles are physically brought to the Senate. 

U.S. Capitol building
Liam James Doyle/NPR

Today at 10:00 a.m., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is announcing who will present the case for impeachment in the Senate trial. Watch the press conference live. South Carolina Public Radio will broadcast the press conference, live. 

A Peek at South Carolina's New Voting Machines

Jan 14, 2020
Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

The Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary will be South Carolina's first major test for its new voting machines. Last year, the state invested $51 million on new machines that election officials say are easier to use and more secure than what South Carolinians had been using for years.

So called "fluff" made from plastics, paper and Styrofoam typically not recyclable but will be used as fuel
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

Imagine a world without recycling bins where what can be repurposed is; and discarded items that are typically left at landfills become fuel.  That's the world RePower South, a new recycling company, wants to build.

Ft. Jackson museum Dir.Henry Howe  and archaeologist Stacey Young standing in front of possible watch tower remains.
Thelisha Eaddy/ SC Public Radio

Deep within Fort Jackson's 53,000 acres are the remains of what could be the Vietnamese mock training village Bau Bang. The remains include a structure that looks like a watch tower as well as wooden steps and posts to one of several once-standing huts. There is a tunnel inside almost every hut and its all surrounded by a rusted barbed wire perimeter.

S.C. Scientists Discover New Fossil Shark Species

Dec 20, 2019
The tiny teeth of Isogomphodon Aikenensis, the prehistoric daggernose shark, were discovered in Aiken, the namesake of the new species.  The shark lived in the area when much of South Carolina was at the bottom of the ocean, 34.5 million years ago.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

Naturalists Jim Knight and Dave Cicimurri have collected fossils for decades, but recently they realized that among the thousands of fossils of prehistoric sea creatures they recovered - from a rich site near downtown Aiken, of all places - that they'd discovered a new species of ancient shark.

A Few Tips for Safer Holidays

Dec 17, 2019
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Everybody wants to believe in the kindness of the season this time of year, but it's still smart to keep a somewhat level head about the world. 

On the upside, taking a few precautions to keep your home from being too tempting to would-be crooks can actually make your holidays more enjoyable.