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Gavin Jackson speaks with Maayan Schechter (l) and Jeffery Collins (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, March 18, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to discuss the $9 billion budget recently passed by the South Carolina House of Representatives. They also look at the possibility of the Carolina Panthers NFL team relocating their headquarters to Rock Hill, SC.

Cerrusite, an ore of lead, from the Gibbes Collection.  This and many other natural specimens can be seen and researched on  McKissick Museum's new online site.
Courtesy of McKissick Museum, University of S.C.

A growing new website is now available that enables both scholars and the public to access photos and information about the natural history of South Carolina. 

File graphic "no cell phones" symbol
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Just as business is conducted with cell phones every day in the Palmetto State, illegal business is also conducted daily - by convicts with cell phones smuggled into South Carolina prisons.  

The S.C. House of Representatives approved the state's FY 2019-20 spending package on March 13, 2019
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

This year’s session of the state legislature is at the half-way mark.  And right on schedule this week the House of Representatives passed its’ version of next year’s $9 Billion state spending package.  It now goes to the Senate.

To pay for this year’s push to improve public education the budget contains millions of new education dollars. $160 Million dollars for teacher pay raises.

The House version also funds two percent pay raises for state workers, and $32 Million to help shore-up the state’s aging pension system. 

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 March 14, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) this week.

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Dark money: What is it, who uses it, and hows does it affect how voters see issues and candidates?

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with The Post and Courier's Andy Brown about his in-depth report on the $6 million of dark money involved in the 2018 South Carolina elections. They discuss the misleading ads and mailers bought with that money, what state lawmakers are doing to address this issue, and the state grand jury corruption report released last year concerning political consulting firm Richard Quinn & Associates.

Republican leadership at the State House pushing a major overhaul of S. C. Public School system.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

The S.C. House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a major bill that overhauls the state’s education system.

It pumps more money into the system, gives the state education superintendent more ability to take over low-performing school districts, and creates a nearly $100 Million fund to help bring businesses to places where schools are poor and struggling.

The state’s low performing school system is hurting South Carolina’s businesses, and the state's Republican leadership is moving to try and correct deficiencies.

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 March 7, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and potential candidate Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week.

The “Lincoln School” was the first public school for black students in Sumter. The school was built in the late 1800s and started as a frame cottage with four classrooms. By the 1950’s, the school acquired an additional twenty classrooms, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, a library, and a band room. The last graduating class under the name of Lincoln High School was the class of 1969.  But nine years before the name change, in 1960, Lincoln would be one of 17 high schools in the state to participate in a national survey.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Seanna Adcox (l) and Maayan Schechter in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, March 4, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox to discuss the education reform package hitting the floor of the South Carolina House of Represenatives this week for debate. The bill is one of the most sweeping proposals to address Palmetto State education issues in years and could make it to the state Senate by the end of the week, where a similar companion bill continues its way through the committee process.

The South Carolina State House
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The S.C. General Assembly is attempting to exert its authority over local governments in this year’s legislative session.

The House of Representatives this week passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would stop local governments from passing regulations on cigarettes and vaping products.  Supporters of the bill say such power should rest only with the state so as to prevent a mixed bag of laws and regulations from popping up across the state.

Gavin Jackson with Maayan Schechter and Jamie Lovegrove onstage at T.W. Boons in Greenwood, SC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
Aimee Crouch/SCETV

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at T.W. Boons in Greenwood, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss the growing list of Democratic presidential candidates and their visits to the Palmetto State as they vie for their party's nomination in 2020.

IAAM president Michael Moore at Gadsden's Wharf in Charleston
Victoria Hansen

For as long as he can remember, Michael Boulware Moore has known the story of Robert Smalls;  a slave who not only gained his freedom by commandeering a Confederate ship and turning it over to Union forces, but later served in the South Carolina State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Moore didn’t read about Smalls in school. Such bravery by slaves during the Civil War wasn’t always taught.  Instead, he grew up hearing personal stories from relatives like his grandmother.  Robert Smalls was his great-great grandfather.

S.C. Superintendent of Education Mollie Spearman flanked by Gov. Henry McMaster (L) and House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) at the Statehouse Feb. 20, 2019.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

South Carolina’s teachers have made their voices heard at the Statehouse as lawmakers debate a major public education reform bill. 

From the moment House Speaker Jay Lucas and dozens of fellow House members introduced the 84 page omnibus bill last month, teachers have been demanding changes. 

This week, Republican leaders in the legislature sought to re-assure them.

A House education committee is now moving to incorporate some teacher backed changes to the bill.

Congressmen JimClyburn and Joe Cunningham hold a press conference on gun reform inside Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston
Victoria Hansen

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and Congressman Joe Cunningham have proposed legislation to close the so called, “Charleston Loophole” by extending the waiting period for federal gun background checks.  Clyburn said Thursday he has the votes to pass it in the House.

The state’s two democratic congressmen joined more than a dozen others, including former and current Charleston mayors Joe Riley and John Tecklenburg, inside Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.  That’s where nine parishioners were shot to death in 2015 in what's been called a hate crime.

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