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Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 9, 2019, host Gavin Jackson interviews Democratic presidential hopeful South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt and David Ball of Spartanburg were Uncle Walt's Band, who released several self-produced albums in the 1970s and gained cult status in Texas.
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In the 1970s and early '80s, an acoustic trio from Spartanburg made its mark with well-crafted tunes featuring beautiful harmonies.  Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball were known as Uncle Walt's Band.  Their blend of folk, swing, and bluegrass influences attracted audiences wherever they lived - including Spartanburg, Nashville and, ultimately, Austin, Texas.  But, strangely, the enthusiasm of their fans never went beyond a faithful cult following.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Jeffrey Collins (r) and Jamie Lovegrove (l) in front of a live audience at Rock Hill Brewing Company on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Rock Hill Brewing Company in Rock Hill, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and the Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss the final days of the 2019 state legislative session. The three also look ahead to the 2020 presidential election and the number of Democratic hopefuls visiting the Palmetto State ahead of their party's primary.

The Teachers are coming: Hundreds of educators and supporters march crossing Sumter Street in Columbia to rally on Statehouse grounds for better funding and support for education.
Thelisha Eaddy/ SC Public Radio

Wednesday’s All Out May 1 Day of Reflection drew 10,000 people to the state house in Columbia.  The organization responsible, for what some are calling an historic event, is less than a year old. SCForEd was created May 30, 2018 by Lisa Ellis.

“She was really frustrated and just wasn't sure she wanted to stay in the profession,” SCForEd board member Paige Steele said.

Teachers and their supporters rally outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia on May 1, 2019.
Thelisha Eaddy/SC Public Radio

Some 10,000 teachers and supporters from across the state descended on the Statehouse this week sending a powerful message to lawmakers that they want more state support in funding and in education reforms, and they are not happy with the school improvement bill pending in the legislature.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 2, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Kimberly Nelson, founder of SC Parents for Vaccines.

When Greer parent Kimberly Nelson put her 6-week old son in child care for the first time, something happened that would scare her- the flu began to spread through the center. The baby in the crib next to her son’s became severely ill and was hospitalized for a week. Nelson was inspired to start the advocacy organization South Carolina Parents for Vaccines.

Women Vision SC: Chief Justice (Ret.) Jean H. Toal

Apr 30, 2019

Who are some of South Carolina’s leading women in the fields of business, government, public service, and the arts? What was their personal journey to success and what common themes helped them develop a vision for achievement? South Carolina Public Radio and SCETV's Women Vision SC interview series spotlights these trailblazing women from across the Palmetto State.

In this episode, host Linda O'Bryon speaks with former South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal. Toal was the first woman to serve as a justice in the state and is one of the longest serving chief justices in South Carolina History.

Gavin Jackson and Joe Cranney (l) in the SCETV studios on Monday, April 29, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Joe Cranney to discuss his new in-depth report looking at the secretive world of judicial discipline in South Carolina. Over the past two decades more than 1,000 complaints have been lodged against circuit court judges, but none have been punished publicly.

The South Carolina State House

School Improvement Bill Pushed To Next Year

Leaders in the state legislature had hoped that the magnitude of deciding what to do with state-owned utility Santee-Cooper would not interfere with their efforts to pass a desperately needed school improvement bill this year. But with just two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session Santee Cooper’s future is being debated on the Senate floor, and the education bill is being pushed to next year.

The future home of the Rock Hill Sports & Events Center is still under construction.
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Tourism is big business for South Carolina. The state Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) puts annual tourism revenue at about $20 billion.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Maayan Schechter and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, April 22, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox and The State's Maayan Schechter to explore the $9.3 billion budget proposal the South Carolina state Senate approved last week, what changes were made from the House version, and what it all could mean for you.

Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment.

Bradley Fuller / South Carolina Public Radio

For many composers, getting started on a symphony can be a serious challenge. Johannes Brahms famously spent some twenty years completing his first such work.

But for South Carolina composer Meira Warshauer, inspiration was a bit easier in coming. She found it in the world around her.

“I knew that I wanted to write something about the Earth,” Meira says. “Really, since the first Earth Day in 1970, I’ve been an environmentalist.”

Update at 4:00 PM: Tornado Watches continue for most of the state, but the watch has been canceled for parts of the Low Country (including Charleston, Beaufort, Walterboro, and Hilton Head).

Thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts will move through the Grand Strand area between 4 and 6 PM. Another line of thunderstorms from near Greenville/Spartanburg southward to near North Augusta is moving northeast and may affect the Columbia and Rock Hill areas between 5 and 6 PM. So far, this second line of thunderstorms has not been as damaging as the first line. However, a Tornado Watch remains in effect and an isolated tornado or damaging winds cannot be ruled out. Heavy rain and lightning are still a threat with these storms.

Panther statue outside stadium.
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The Charlotte-based Carolina Panthers could be moving their training facilities and operations south of the border, to York County. The team is looking at a former industrial park just off I-77, among other locations in Fort Mill and neighboring Chester County.

To do so would require the state to pony up as much as $120 million in incentives – something not all members of the South Carolina Legislature have gotten behind – and to do that would require the State Senate to pass a bill that has already passed in the House.